A Book Review of “Remember Me” by Tracie Peterson

Grounded in the setting of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, fans of historical fiction will appreciate the careful research that has gone into the weaving of the latest by prolific author Tracie Peterson. “Remember Me” captures Addie Bryant at her lowest point and traces her journey into safety and hope. Yet her dark past shadows her […]

Want to Write Books for Children?

Don’t Think It’s Easier than Writing for Adults. On Writing for Children In my last blog post, I talked about becoming a better writer by trusting your readers more. In this post, I want to talk about how this is especially important when it comes to books written for children and young people. But first, […]

Want to be a Better Writer? Trust Your Reader.

So, you want to be a better writer. Every writer does, right? Even bestselling authors can be dissatisfied with their writing skills and want to be better writers. If we have the right mindset, we’ll constantly work to improve some aspects of our writing craft and grow better at it. I thought I was a […]

Characters Are We

Time is unfolding like a scroll, and we are letters on the parchment, helping to make up the words that tell the story. Each of us is a character, in both senses of the word. At times, characters become aware that they’re part of the story, and that brings the realization that, first, there is […]

The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life

There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life that they decide they want to learn writing from the best writers out there. And that means reading books on writing by successful and well-loved authors. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. It seems that nearly every successful and established writer has written […]

The 12 Best Books I Read in 2021

I didn’t reach my reading goals for 2021. I started the year with a Reading Challenge on Goodreads of completing 77 books. Didn’t think it would be too challenging. After all, in 2020, I read 126 books (although my initial goal was only 99). In fact, I’ve met or exceeded my reading challenges for the […]

5 Hard-Earned Remote Work Lessons

I’ve been working from home for over 10 years as a freelance writer and editor. These days, clients search me out and invite me to work with them … But it wasn’t always like this. I’ve learned several lessons about remote work, particularly while launching my work-from-home career. Some of these lessons were costly in the […]