Tag Archives: Fiction

Focusing on unique perspectives: Gina Mulligan

By Roz DeKett Gina Mulligan’s novel Remember the Ladies is about Amelia Cook, a congressional lobbyist … in 1877. “I was researching for another project when I ran across the fact that there were women who were lobbyists in that … Continue reading

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Something exciting and engaging: Dharma Kelleher

By Roz DeKett A quote from the great American novelist Toni Morrison circulates often on the internet, at least among writers: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write … Continue reading

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A little bit of whimsy: Phaedra Patrick

By Roz DeKett Five unpublished novels in, Phaedra Patrick was beginning to wonder whether she’d ever achieve her childhood ambition of writing for a living. Then one day she showed her son, now ten, her charm bracelet and tried to … Continue reading

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Stories have shaped our lives: Rolonda Watts

By Roz DeKett “I’ve seen the power of stories and how they change people’s lives,” Rolonda Watts says. “I think that stories are the most powerful thing about human experience. It’s the only thing that we as human beings really … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz DeKett Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Seeing the heart of the story: Melissa DeCarlo

By Roz DeKett Call it a seven-year itch of sorts. Because seven years after Melissa DeCarlo stopped writing (“I got frustrated … it was almost like I was resentful toward it”) she started again, and the result is her first published novel, … Continue reading

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Who cares about your characters?

By Roz DeKett At the Writer’s Digest 2015 Annual Conference in New York City, Talcott Notch Literary Services President and Executive Editor Gina Panettieri spoke about developing compelling characters. Here are my notes from her talk. You’ve heard it before, … Continue reading

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