Monthly Archives: April 2012

CWG Prayer Chain Post: April 30, 2012

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.    John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father … Continue reading

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One of my Favorite Characters, Sister Grace

I’m excited to blog today about one of my dear characters, Sister Grace, for two reasons:  First, her second book came out this month—Live and Let Fly.  Second, her story, Siren Spell, comes out today from Flying Island Press. Sister … Continue reading

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Oops, I Did It Again…Getting Facts Right in Your Fiction

I’m often a terrible person to watch a movie with, especially one that references historical events. Be it 300 or Raiders of the Lost Ark, I’m the kind of guy that has to clamp down when I see folks get … Continue reading

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Great Marketing Opportunity – the CWG Booth

Every year at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, the Catholic Writers Guild organizes a booth which displays members’ books. Wholesalers, bookstore owners and other attendees can see, page through and even read excerpts of displayed books. It’s time again … Continue reading

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The Hope that is in You

“I heard you’re writing a book?” “Well, I’m not writing it, exactly…” Its easy to get discouraged, isn’t it? The right words don’t seem to come, or a deadline looms (or passes!), or someone doesn’t “get” what you’re writing. Family emergencies … Continue reading

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Design Matters

Does design matter? Yes. Yes, it does. Let’s use the example of books, because if you’re here, I’m assuming that (a) you write and/or (b) you read. When’s the last time you picked up a book with a terrible cover? Or, … Continue reading

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Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh, my! Tension, Conflict, and Suspense – Creating Compelling Stories

One of the most fundamental techniques of fiction writing is skillful creation of tension, sometimes referred to as conflict. Our favorite authors hook us on page one with a character so compelling that we read further to find out what … Continue reading

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: April 23, 2012

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.    Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 Children of men, how long will you be heavy of heart, why love what is … Continue reading

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Chat With Karina Fabian and Her Main Man, err…Dragon, Vern!

Come on! Join the fun! On Sunday, April 22 at 7:00pm EST, The Writer’s Chatroom will host a chat with our very own Karina Fabian. As of today special guest Vern, dragon detective extraordinaire, has agreed to stop in and … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoinette and Me

The following is a reprint of an interview by British author Gareth Russell about how I came to write about a certain Queen of France. GR: I think one of the things that made “Trianon” such a joy to read … Continue reading

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