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How I Almost Sort of Saw Shakespeare’s Grave at Unconventional Librarian

8 Feb

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So the very very cool Pam at Unconventional Librarian was nice enough to let me blather on over there about the time I went to Stratford Upon Avon and almost saw the Bard’s grave.

It’s a “funny” story – if by funny you mean heartbreaking and disappointing and wanting to punch out some old English chaps.

It was suggested by my better half that it would be worth the English criminal record to get closer to the final resting place of Shakespeare. As I was once kicked out of the country of Monaco (long story) why not add trespassing in Stratford to my list of European offenses?

I can’t help but wonder if I should have.

Anyway, many many many many thanks to Pam. And as you know when people do nice things we say thank you. With CANDY!

I present to Pam, my Starburst of Thanks.

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Interview over at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd

5 Feb

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I’m over at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd talking about Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. 

 If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A. I would be a dinosaur.

That’s a true story. And since I know you’re dying to know, I would be a pterodactyl. Because the only thing cooler than being a dinosaur is being one that can fly.

So many thanks to Emily at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd for letting me blather on like a fool. And when people do nice things like let us blather on like fools, we say thanks. With candy!

Oh and also – there’s still time to sign up to win a free print/ebook copy of Lizzy at I Am A Reader Not a Writer!

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Guest Post at Consuming Worlds

24 Jan

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So I’m over….er Jonathan Muse is over at Consuming Worlds talking about what it’s like to be a muse, what Shakespeare was really like and what that wretched Marlowe is up to.

Here’s a snippet:

 I know that you take being a muse very seriously, but have you ever wished to be recognized for the work that you help produce? It can’t be easy watching others get fame and fortune for what you created.

“…Can a great musician be jealous of his cello? Can a cello be jealous of the hands that play upon her? They need each other and without they are only one half of a potential beauty.”

Read the rest here.

And if you’d like to know what Danielle thought about the book Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb go here.

Many thanks to Danielle at Consuming Worlds. We appreciate the invite. You know what comes next – my never-ending desire to express gratitude in the form of the best candy ever created –  The Starbursts of Thanks!

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The Cutting Room Floor

2 Jan

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Happy New Year kids!

I hope you all played nice and had some lovely days off. Jay and I spent New Years Day walking around Central Park and saw a cardinal and a red-tailed hawk through the binoculars of a lovely nearby ornithologist.  It was a beautiful day.

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And now, back to business. So today I’m over at Girl Who Reads talking about my least favorite part of writing. Revision.

Ugh. I dislike it most even though a friend of mine says it separates the real writers from the “noodlers.”

True, but it’s still a pain in the butt. My problem is that I can’t always see what needs to go and what needs to stay.

So when Donna at Girl who Reads asked me to come by and talk about my book I figured why not share the things that were left on the cutting room floor as I went through draft after draft to finalize Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. Things like this:

1. Lizzy’s name was Hamlet. I’m not kidding. I named a 12-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes.
Oh wait…
2. Lizzy wasn’t 12. She was 8. I named an 8-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes. How cruel.
Many many thanks to the lovely Donna. As always, my favorite candy – the Starburst of Thanks!
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Over at Howling Turtle

16 Dec

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I’m over at Howling Turtle talking about five things you might not know, or ever want to know about Greek mythology. See, Lizzy is one part Shakespeare and two parts mythology. I’ve always been a huge fan of greek mythology. Cyclops, satyrs, Pegasus, heroes, villains, talking trees – the whole thing was fascinating when I was a kid. But while I loved mythology when I sat down to write Lizzy I had to do a good deal of research. And I learned some, well, weird stuff.

Stuff that includes puking up your kids. Literally. And the somewhat creepy origin of every six year old girl’s favorite flying horsey.

So many thanks to Larissa at Howling Turtle (great blog name!) for having me over. There’s also an excerpt from Lizzy Speare – where Lizzy through a series of unfortunate events magics herself into Shakespeare’s Tomb….(the one that’s cursed – hence the title).

Also there’s still a giveaway going on over at Pretty in Fiction. You’ve got three more days to put in to win a free copy of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb.

Finally – my thanks to Larissa – here’s your Starburst of Thanks. Enjoy!

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Over at Pretty in Fiction

13 Dec

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I’m over at Pretty in Fiction today talking about my top five favorite children’s books. For those who know me, I’m terrible at these games. As soon as someone says “top favorite” anything either my mind goes blank or I can’t make a decision. In this case it was both. Feel free to come by and watch me flounder.

Here’s a quote from one of my favorites that I talk about and if you can tell me the name of the book, you’re my new hero:

But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it. And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools.

Also they’re doing a giveaway of an ebook version of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb.

Oh! That reminds me for those of you who don’t have those fancy dancy ereaders, I’ll have some good, exciting news to share in the not too distant future.

And to Jesse, my sincere thanks for having me over. Here’s my favorite candy in the whole world just for you – your Starburst of Thanks!

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Something has to be Sacrificed

20 Nov

So the lovely Ms. Morgan was nice enough to invite me over to her blog Writer’s Block to talk about….well….the horror that is writer’s block.

Merriam-Webster defines writer’s block as a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece. Though I’m sure quite a few writer’s would use different terms to describe it. Terms that maybe we don’t use in polite company.

Me? I don’t believe in writer’s block.

“Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t have trouble. I have entire months where it’s like pulling teeth and every word – every LETTER of every word – is painful. And I have months where I write and write and write and then wake up and realize that back on page 50 I made a horrible decision and now my whole plot is a tangled hopeless mess. Or that the great story idea I had in my head turned to utter rubbish once it was put down on paper. Or my revision is useless because I can’t see past the forest of text I’ve already put down. Or I have no good ideas to begin with.
Every single one of those things has happened to me and I still don’t believe in writer’s block.”
Yup. I’m a non-believer when it comes to writer’s block. I’m just that stubborn. Click here, to find out why.
And as always, here are my favorite candy offered as Starburst of Thanks for Megan who rocks.
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