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The One Thing Historical Fiction Writers Ought to Know

The Gender-Genre Wars In a recent issue of Writer’s Digest, literary agent Irene Goodman offered her advice on “16 Things All Historical Fiction Writers Need to Know.” Among them was the caution (?) that “This kind of fiction requires high … Continue reading

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On to Lusignan, Parthenay, Fontevraud and Parts beyond, Pt. I

A bit belated post, but here it goes. The lesson: research is often wet rather than dry…. Lusignan: Of course, it had to rain; intermittently, but it rained, a wet autumn for GB and western France. We survived the dozen … Continue reading

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How to Write for Fame and Fortune?

 It’s that time of the year—the leaves are falling, deadlines are approaching, NANOWRIMO is upon us. A few days ago over lunch, my friend, an accomplished, ‘traditionally’ published romance writer, and I were mulling over the fate of writers in … Continue reading

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Ma’am, Step Away from that Romance Novel!

 Last week I attended the second annual Romcon.com in Denver, a happy mingling of writers and readers of popular women’s fiction—aka romances of every stripe, with tales from the Regency to vampires, erotica, and Hunky Highlanders (aka HH). Like last … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

As we are rounding out the year and counting our blessings, here’s something to look forward to in 2011 so far. The Historical Novel Society will hold its North American Conference June 17-19 at the Holiday Inn on the Bay … Continue reading

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