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Are you struggling with your book? Feeling the pain of finding the perfect ending? Maybe the writer's life is more lonely than you expected?

Take comfort in the words of those that have forged the path before you. These exclusive first-person essays, written by published authors, provide advice, motivation and support, as OnceWritten.com authors explore the journeys they took to become published.


Deborah Prum

Deborah Prum

Deborah Prum: How I Almost Ruined My First Freelance Job

September 7, 2010

One evening, I was supposed to meet my husband and his colleagues at a fancy restaurant downtown. Before I could leave the house, I needed to prepare dinner for my three sons.

I answered the phone. A cultured voice said, "Hello, my name is Maxi Strauss. I'm with Parent's Home Circle." (named change, think well-known magazine.)

Oh no. Someone trying to sell a subscription. I was about to hang up, but I remembered I . . .

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Daniel Dinges

Daniel Dinges

Daniel Dinges: How Non-Traditional Publishing Options Became Viable

April 4, 2010

My part in the Vietnam War spanned the two years when it reached its height, 1968 - 1970. I got an idea it would be fun to write a book about what had happened. The old adage for new writers is, "write about something you know." I would add that it helps if you write about a subject others want to read. Better yet, try something publishers think people want to read. The last two do not necessarily go hand in hand.

Over the years, . . .

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Tony Townsley

Tony Townsley

Tony Townsley: How Giving Back Helped Inspire A Children's Book

February 23, 2010

My journey into writing my first book, Three Cups began about 5 years ago. I was on my way to work early one morning when I heard a guest on Catholic Radio talking about an invention that allowed him to give back to the community in a very meaningful way.

I was inspired by his talk and began to think about what I could do to make a difference in the community. After some serious reflection, I decided to pursue something . . .

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James J. Jackson:

July 16, 2009

My first published book, In All Things was not my first literary effort. Writing has been my passion for most of my life. I began writing poems for the town newspaper during high school. I continued to write as an adult at every opportunity, mostly poetry at first, and I even won several monetary prizes in poetry contests. I also wrote and submitted opinion columns to various newspapers.

Eventually, I became a syndicated opinion . . .

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Tracy Fabre

Tracy Fabre

Tracy Fabre:

July 1, 2009

If you asked my mother, she'd tell you I always wanted to be a writer but the truth is, I don't really remember any grand passion in that direction. I went to the University of Iowa with a dim hope of getting into their Writer's Workshop, but in retrospect, there was no way it was going to happen: I had few skills, little to say, and no way to fake it through. I did take some wonderful writing and literature classes (thank you, Ehud Havazelet . . .

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Gary Inbinder

Gary Inbinder

Gary Inbinder:

May 27, 2009

The idea for my first novel came to me following my "early retirement"—A nice euphemism, isn't it?—from my job as regional counsel for a large insurance company. Suddenly, in my middle fifties, I found myself out of work without a clear idea of what to do next. Fortunately, I had received a separation package that gave me time to ponder what I might do with the rest of my life. I had already published some articles and been nicely paid for one . . .

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GG Husak

GG Husak

GG Husak: Learning To Trust the Process of Writing

March 8, 2009

When people ask me how and why I wrote Passeggiata, I pause and think back. I had always enjoyed writing, usually nonfiction essays, and even had several articles published, some paid. But I always worked in fits and starts, depending on what was going on with the rest of my life. It was hard to think of myself as a real writer.

Then I took a class, “Writing the Nonfiction Book,” from Elizabeth Harper Neeld, author of Seven . . .

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Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Cheryl Kaye Tardif: Daring to Dream Big

October 16, 2008

I’ve always been a dreamer, and I’ve always believed in dreaming BIG. Ever since I was a young girl, my goal was to become the next Stephen King―or 'Stephanie', at least. It’s been a long, hard journey, but one well worth it, and now I am published and on my way to greater success. I learned that with a dream, anything is possible. With a BIG dream, one never stops reaching higher. This is my story…

I was first published . . .

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Terry Miles

Terry Miles

Terry Miles: Self Publishing Her Way to Success

October 8, 2008

I’ve always written. I believe I was born with a pencil in my hand. I remember my grandpa making me create all those little circles consistently while seated at the kitchen table.

Inside my soul was definitely a book! Flash forward many years. After many, many rejections slips, letters, notes and yes, even e-mails, a lead acquisition editor was keeping my three chapters on my cozy little murder mystery. Nine months later, the envelope . . .

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Catherine Johnson: Putting Authentic Details into Your Writing

August 14, 2008

Like many authors, writing a novel was always an aspiration. When I finally started the process with SHADES OF DARKNESS, SHADES OF GRACE I had a terrific story that had evolved from real-life events. Completing the process took much longer than I had anticipated – 10 years from first draft to publication in November 2007. In making this journey I learned much about myself and writing, specifically how to turn a good story into a great . . .

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Cindy Lynn Speer

Cindy Lynn Speer

Cindy Lynn Speer: Forgetting the Muse

August 4, 2008

They call writing a habit…which makes it sound more like chewing your fingernails or checking to make sure the door is locked and the stove is off before you go to bed, rather than an obsession, a have to have…but it’s one of those have to haves I can put off.

Maybe you know the feeling. You’re sitting in a chat room and the writer says “I write every day. I write several hundred words every day, and I don’t go to bed until I . . .

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Yolanda Renée

Yolanda Renée

Yolanda Renée: Succeeding in Spite of Atrocious Grammar

May 27, 2008

I am a writer, I can tell a story – a good story – actually an excellent story. What I cannot do is grammar. I wrote an essay in 10th grade, and won third place. The essay came back with the words, wonderful story, but atrocious grammar. Things have not changed. Grammar is a mental block for me, and of course, I blame this on an English teacher – who if she were only interested in teaching the mechanics of English, may have made a star out of . . .

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Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham: Brick by Brick

May 8, 2008

Brick-By-Brick: One author's approach to series writing

The final proof for Cynthia's Attic: Curse of the Bayou, book three in my 'tween fantasy series, was finally ready to be e-mailed to the publisher. The moment I hit "send," a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

The Missing Locket and The Magic Medallion had been a snap. Both completed in about a year, although editing and getting a . . .

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J. Kelley Carlson

J. Kelley Carlson

J. Kelley Carlson: Returning to School

April 28, 2008

I remember English Composition 101 well. It was there that I discovered I could write material worth reading. That might not have been so strange if I hadn’t been 41 years old at the time and had not been inside a classroom for twenty years. I owe many thanks to the school superintendent for forcing my return to school.

In 1988 the superintendent decided that the nurses working for the school system should have a four-year degree. I . . .

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Bill Haynes

Bill Haynes

Bill Haynes: Learning by Doing

March 28, 2008

My road to the publication of THE SHAMAN AND THE ROSE was anything but average. The framework of the novel came about from two self-published titles where I explored the depths of Dante’s Inferno. Those first two books were a valuable learning experience. The most important lesson I learned was that as an author, I had a great deal to learn about publishing and writing. I discovered that working with an editor can be a godsend to any writer. My . . .

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Peter A. Balaskas

Peter A. Balaskas

Peter A. Balaskas: Finding the Right Home for Your Book

March 13, 2008

My first book deal occurred during Thanksgiving Week of 2006, and my book was “The Grandmaster,” a supernatural thriller that takes place during The Holocaust. I originally wrote “The Grandmaster” as a creative writing project for my first Master’s Degree class, “Literature of the Holocaust.” I then had the story workshopped in another Master’s class, “Writing the Novella,” before I used it as my Master’s thesis. After I graduated, I entered it . . .

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Bifford Debs, M.D.

Bifford Debs, M.D.

Bifford Debs, M.D.: Turning Obstacles into Stories

February 20, 2008

Among the first writing I did was a child's letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt while he was president. Already I have given away my ancient age. From childhood, however, I have enjoyed writing and got some in during that period of my long life. However, there were always obstacles inherent with blessings.

Encouraging parents were certainly blessings, as were a few kind teachers---usually in English classes---both before and during . . .

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Michael Lindley

Michael Lindley

Michael Lindley: Fifty Can Be a Marvelous Wake up Call

February 13, 2008

It is quite surprising what the age of fifty will do to your motivation levels in actually finishing one of those numerous incomplete manuscripts that have been filed away deep within your hard drive over the years. Accepting a corporate severance package in the latest round of layoffs at your job can also help. Both of these life events came together for me in 2002 and in addition to a new job search and quite a bit of time in trout rivers and . . .

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John Anderson

John Anderson

John Anderson: Doomed for Life

February 6, 2008

I always wanted to be Indiana Jones when I grew up. After all, he was suave, good-looking, roguish, athletic, and invincible—all the things I was not. That he was also a figment of someone’s imagination didn’t really bother me until I hit the 8th Grade. More specifically, the 8th Grade fiction-writing unit. My teacher at the time (whose name I can’t remember, but for the sake of argument let’s just call her Mrs. Fatesealer) prefaced the . . .

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Laura Wright

Laura Wright

Laura Wright: Intrigue, Risk and Adventures in Publishing

January 23, 2008

My first query and acceptance actually came as a surprise. At the time, I had several novels written and casually started a general discussion with an editor. I will state first that this may strike unease in the hearts of many because it wasn’t a “normal,” venture and this wasn’t just any editor. It was an “ebook editor.” Back then, the hot-button-topic in the written world was the dreaded “ebook.” The fears and stigmas associated with . . .

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Anne Arsenault

Anne Arsenault

Anne Arsenault: Learning to Get Over Your Fears

January 15, 2008

I had never dreamed of being an author, although I had always loved English class in high school. After I became a CNC, Certified Nutritional Consultant, I saw the need for people to become educated in order to get healthy. I started writing a “Healthy Living Tips” column for the work newsletter and I found that people were reading my articles and liking them.

While running a Natural Foods section of a large grocery store, I . . .

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Thomas E. Warner: Traveling Down Unexpected Roads

December 27, 2007

Prior to 2003, if someone would have told me that I was going to write a book, let alone two, I would have laughed at them; but that all began to change on Dec. 8th, 2003.

Up until August of 2002, I had driven a semi tractor-trailer for nearly twenty years; and many of my deliveries were in larger cities. During my travels through many of those cities, I can remember seeing the horrendous sight of homeless people, which also included . . .

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Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell: Enjoying the Process of Writing

December 17, 2007

Upon retirement, I decided I needed (1) something to while away the hours and (2) to pick up a few extra bucks. Being a mystery story buff, I decided I would try my hand at a mystery story of my own.

I sought to create a character who, like myself, was a geezer looking for something to entertain himself in his Golden Years. Thus Phil Oxnard and his wife, Paula were born.

They say, you should write about what you know. . . .

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Chuck Fischer

Chuck Fischer

Chuck Fischer: Christmastime in the City

December 7, 2007

A few years after I moved to New York City as a young mid-western college grad, I invited my family to visit me at Christmas time. I couldn't wait to show them how my newly adopted hometown lived by the same holiday mantra my family did:

"Decorate Big—Decorate Bright—Decorate Bold."

As if on cue, a light snow started falling as my two sisters and their families, and my mother and I piled in to two checker cabs we hailed . . .

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Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes: Finding Creative Mojo

December 1, 2007

I bet if you asked someone who knew me in school, they’d tell you, “I’m not surprised that she’s a writer.” My fellow students were definitely subjected to some doozy early works—including the assignment to write our own epitaph. I died (tragically, of course) from eating the cafeteria food.

Though you might say my writing career had its genesis in these youthful assignments, I still felt “unwriterish” until recently when I got . . .

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Shobhan Bantwal

Shobhan Bantwal

Shobhan Bantwal: Can a Menopausal Indian Woman Write Romance?

October 25, 2007

When I first decided to write women’s romantic fiction based in India, I had to ask myself two basic questions: First, do American readers know anything about the life of an average middle-class Indian man or woman? Second, as a Hindu woman in her fifties, especially one who had an old-fashioned arranged marriage, what did I know about writing for mainstream American readers?

Not many American readers and moviegoers know a lot about . . .

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Mary Dombach

Mary Dombach

Mary Dombach: Keep Believing in Yourself

October 11, 2007

For almost thirty-five years I worked with computers to make a living but in my heart I have always been a writer. It was my life-long dream to be published but for years I wrote only for myself and only sporadically. The responsibilities of raising a family and working full time left me little time to pursue my passion. When I was assigned a special project requiring a lot of time away from home and a lot of empty evenings in hotel rooms, I . . .

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Gary Val Tenuta

Gary Val Tenuta

Gary Val Tenuta: Take the Time

September 20, 2007

Unbelievable as it may sound, it took me nearly 10 years to write my first novel, THE EZEKIEL CODE (www.ezekielcode.com). Well, okay, I admit it is nearly a whopping 700 pages but still…! Ten Years? How could that be? Oh, I'm so glad you asked. I was working full time for 8 of those years. If you work full time then you know how it is. You get up in the morning, get ready for work, fly out the door and spend the rest of the day doing… well, . . .

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Timothy Schaffert

Timothy Schaffert

Timothy Schaffert: Tirelessly Submitting his Manuscript

August 19, 2007

After my third martini that morning, I jotted down a few sentences on a cocktail napkin—my idea for a novel—then put the napkin in my shoe for safe-keeping. Though all I wrote was “girl goes to Paris. No, scratch that, girl goes to Barcelona. Girl falls in love. No, falls out of love. No, was in love, lost love, goes to Paris. Or Barcelona. (note: visit Paris or Barcelona; evaluate cities for their potential as setting for novel),” I was . . .

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Kate Fellowes

Kate Fellowes

Kate Fellowes: Second Time Around

August 1, 2007

Lillian Jackson Braun published three books in the 1960's, then went 17 years before publishing her fourth, in what became her bestselling "Cat Who..." series.

I'm inspired by that story every day. Mostly because I published three books in the 1990’s and now, 14 years later, have just sold my fourth. A romantic mystery, When Shadows Fall has just been published by Swimming Kangaroo Books.

I don’t remember why Ms. . . .

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Wayne L. Misner

Wayne L. Misner

Wayne L. Misner: Writing Through the Pain

June 1, 2007

Why did I write two books? To give hope to those who have none.

What makes me an expert is that I have “been there and done that.” I was raised by my divorced mother in the depressed area of Union City, New Jersey. My dad left (and also divorced me) when I was nine years old. I do not remember much about him prior to that age. All I do remember is his anger and that at times he hit me for no other reason than the fact that I was . . .

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B. Gerad O'Brien

B. Gerad O'Brien

B. Gerad O'Brien: Getting a Buzz from Writing

May 10, 2007

When I won my first writing competition I was so excited I ran all the way home. I was about eight years old. The Fun Fair was coming to our little town on the West coast of Ireland and, next to the circus that came in September, this was the highlight of our year. We were asked to write an essay on it in school, and I won the only prize - a book of ten tickets for the fair. There were eight kids in our family (What? It was normal in those . . .

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Tim Newman

Tim Newman

Tim Newman: Scratching an Itch

April 3, 2007

My writing came about as a result of scratching an itch. How often and for how many years I had that itch, it’s difficult to say but it never changed or abated. Finally, one winter’s night a few years ago, I sat down by the fire, pencil in hand, note pad resting on my knees—the scratching had begun.

I wrote in the genre where I felt most comfortable, historical fiction. I had earlier completed a Masters Degree in medieval Lit and . . .

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Tim Newman

Tim Newman

Tim Newman: On Finding an Agent and Running for Office

March 26, 2007

The best thing about running for any political office (and losing) is that it prepares you for completing your first book (Maybe your second, third or a short story, a poem, a script or a magazine article) and then trying to find an agent and being rejected by them. I ought to know. I have run for office and lost and I am going through the process of looking for an agent even though I have a track record on the way with the publication of my . . .

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Yvonne Jerrold

Yvonne Jerrold

Yvonne Jerrold: To Design is to Decide

March 12, 2007

To design is to decide - a maxim I learned in my architecture days.

The same is true of writing. To write is to decide. The act of writing down our thoughts forces us to make up our minds about what we truly believe. And, to know what we truly believe we need to look into our own hearts.

The most helpful book about writing that I have ever read is Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer which deals with the mind of the . . .

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Stephen L. Blain

Stephen L. Blain

Stephen L. Blain: Never Let Anything Stop You From Writing

January 30, 2007

When I was a younger man, I went on quite a few adventures with my family and friends. Every time I would tell people about one of the adventures, they would enjoy it so much that they would always tell me that I should write a book. And that was what I did. My book is very loosely based on one of my experiences, but I took a lot of liberties with the facts, the people, and even the events.

A turning point for me, was a couple of . . .

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Elizabeth Lucas Taylor

Elizabeth Lucas Taylor

Elizabeth Lucas Taylor: Finding Motivation in a Writers Conference

January 13, 2007

For many years, I traveled as an International Finder to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Hawaii, and Japan. I have had some wonderful adventures in the course of my work, and there were moments when I wondered if I would survive the trip and make it home in one piece. Once I shelved my suitcases, I realized I had loads of background material for novels, and plenty of experiences to weave into stories.

My first book took two years to . . .

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Tamara Shepherd

Tamara Shepherd

Tamara Shepherd: A Driving Force

December 18, 2006

My first novel, Evan, The Warrior of Nod was an explosive idea that I carried in my mind. I can still feel the urgency to get all of the details down on paper. Although a few months previous to this experience I found my husband and family becoming my audience for the whole story line. Once I started to write, it was as if I was being pulled into a whole new world and I suppose in a sense I was. It took me three months to write my story; . . .

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Victoria Howard

Victoria Howard

Victoria Howard: Encouragement Through A Writing Mentor

December 5, 2006

My first novel, Three Weeks Last Spring took two years to write. I wrote the first three chapters while living in Scotland, and then put the manuscript aside for the best part of four years, only picking it up again in 2004. Working full time, and writing in the evenings, meant that it took me nearly a year to complete the first draft, and a further twelve months to find a publisher willing to take the risk, and publish this hitherto . . .

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Jerry Cowling

Jerry Cowling

Jerry Cowling: Dreams Come True: Author Overcomes REM Sleep Disorder

November 6, 2006

DREAMS COME TRUE

My earliest memories are of watching rain drops as they dripped down the window pane by my bed—or perhaps was it my crib, I’m not sure—and feeling terribly alone. I know I was not alone. My mother and father were asleep in their room and my brothers across the room. But I was awake and knew something was wrong; I did not know what it was nor could I explain it to anyone else. That’s why I felt so alone. Fifty . . .

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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson: Of Kobolds, Zombies, and Rolling the Dice

October 15, 2006

This whole thing has gotten way out of hand. It wasn’t supposed to turn into a business. It was an experiment…and now it’s an experiment gone horribly wrong. Yeah, I could stop, I guess. But where is the fun in that?

I started writing at the age of 13 after finding a copy of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot at the Bridgeton High School library. I remember two distinct thoughts going through my mind. “WOW! This is a great story!” and . . .

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Judith Weingarten

Judith Weingarten

Judith Weingarten: Inspired by History

October 1, 2006

I never intended to write a novel and, in a way, I suppose I never did. The CHRONICLE OF ZENOBIA was written by Zenobia and a man named Simon, not really by me. The story is this.

I am an archaeologist, specializing in the time of the Minoans and Mycenaean Greeks. Because I am interested in Greece’s early relations with the older civilizations of Egypt and the Levant, I regularly travel to the Middle East. On one such trip, I arrived . . .

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P.F. Kozak

P.F. Kozak

P.F. Kozak: Writing Erotic Romance, It’s Not About The Boa

August 2, 2006

“Bloody hell! She writes erotica!” That’s what I heard from the first person I told I was going to be published.

Before then, no one knew about my writing. My secret life, and my inner world, were about to be exposed. When I met my soon-to-be editor at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, I wore a purple feather boa. I bought the boa to wear when I sat at my computer to write. Somehow, it helped me unlock the inner room where I stored . . .

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Marlys Marshall Styne

Marlys Marshall Styne

Marlys Marshall Styne: Waiting 70 Years to be Published

July 25, 2006

Opening the small package to find three beautiful proof and copyright copies of my own book, with my name on the front cover and my picture on the back of each, was a major highlight of my life. When the books arrived in early May, 2006, it was more exciting than winning a lottery. I hope most writers don’t wait seventy-some years for this experience, but there is really no time limit. It’s never too late to write and publish a book, as I have . . .

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Judy Azar LeBlanc

Judy Azar LeBlanc

Judy Azar LeBlanc: I Said I'd Never Write Again

July 18, 2006

When I was in the "career" time of my life, I used to write proposals for the US Government Defense Agency. It was so much pressure that I said when I retire, I am going to throw away my "red" pen and computer, and NEVER WRITE AGAIN! Well, that lasted about 10 years.

My husband and I were living in a small beach town in the middle of Baja Mexico when I got the itch to start writing again. I said to myself, "now I can write what I love . . .

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Helen Downey

Helen Downey

Helen Downey: Paying Attention to Rejections

July 10, 2006

Everyone always asks the same question; ‘How long did it take you to write your book”. It took me almost four decades to complete my book of poetry. Even though my book, “Colored Snow Flakes”, is a collection of poetry, it tells a story about a young girl struggling with growing up, parental rules, The Vietnam War, and many other facets of life. It shows how I expressed my self early in 1968 then to emerge from murky waters, not only in my . . .

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Charlie Valentine

Charlie Valentine

Charlie Valentine: Being Open to Criticism

July 3, 2006

I never set out to be a writer ─ far from it. It was only after 9/11 when my travel agency came to a screeching halt, that I began writing seriously. A short while after Better Days Ahead was taking form, I learned that there is something more important than typing plotlines on a computer. It is the concept that “Author equals Authority.” In other words no matter how trivial the point, be sure that what you write can be backed-up . . .

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Genie Davis

Genie Davis

Genie Davis: Write Because You Love To Write

May 8, 2006

Genie Davis just plain loves to write, and she's amassed a large body of work in the seven years she's been working professionally.

Her romantic suspense novel THE MODEL MAN (Kensington/Zebra) is a wildly entertaining story. LA psychic con-artist Christy Harris meets her match in homicide detective Joe Richter, but is true love really in the cards? Separating truth from fiction becomes increasingly difficult for Christy, in a town . . .

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Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Sherri Fulmer Moorer: One Part Inspiration, One Part Frustration

May 1, 2006

Writing Battleground Earth – Living by Faith in a Pagan World was one part inspiration and one part frustration. I’ve had the idea for an inspirational self-help book since I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1997, and wrote the first draft in 2001 when my attempt to go to graduate school failed due to financial reasons. For a while, it seemed like this book was never going to find the light of day – it was rejected by 35 . . .

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Niala Maharaj

Niala Maharaj

Niala Maharaj: Living in Abundance

April 3, 2006

It was almost magic. Two years ago, I was in Rome carrying out a communications consultancy for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and went to Tuscany with my American friend, Sally Sontheimer. Her husband’s family had a villa there, where Sally was trying to write a book about ‘having married all of Italy’ as she put it. To me, it was about a collision between the New World and the Old, about an enthusiastic young American girl coming . . .

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Bettye Johnson

Bettye Johnson

Bettye Johnson: Researching the Life of Mary Magdalene

February 20, 2006

Writing has long been a passion of mine however it was mostly articles and short stories for grandchildren. It wasn’t until 2003 that my research into the life of Mary Magdalene began to take form and I was led to write about what I had learned. I had researched through many non-fiction books about the Magdalene, the Knights Templar, the Bible and other books and none of them really told the story of Mary Magdalene. In the books she was . . .

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Clifford Forde

Clifford Forde

Clifford Forde: Finding the Magic in Writing a Book

February 8, 2006

When I published my novel THE PURSUT OF INNOCENCE friends immediately wanted to know where I got the idea from for the book, and how I went about writing it. “Did it just come pouring out?” someone asked. Another scrutinized me closely, as if I had been hiding something from him all along. The subject matter of the novel was too serious and dark to chime with the fairly ordinary person he was familiar with. And then, the hardest question . . .

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Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham: Writing a Book--From Concept to Getting Published

January 18, 2006

The dream takes place in a mysterious attic. At times the attic is exciting and mysterious, but many times it is dark and foreboding.

I'd just finished telling my best friend, Diana, about the recurring dream I'd had for almost 20 years, when I had a "light-bulb" moment. It occurred to me that the dream took place in the attic of my childhood friend, Cynthia. "Hmmm…" Diana pondered, "Cynthia's Attic. What a great title for a . . .

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Cynthia Borris

Cynthia Borris

Cynthia Borris: Treat Writing Like a Business

December 15, 2005

How long did it take you to write your first book?

No More Bobs took eighteen months from concept to delivery.

Has No More Bobs received great reviews?

Holding with a 5-star rating on Amazon with reviews from unknown faces in unknown places, I’m thrilled. The quirky mystery has made an international journey. I wish I were a Bob.

No More Bobs landed the 2005 . . .

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Tim Relf

Tim Relf

Tim Relf: Exploring the Two Sides of Alcohol

November 20, 2005

Think of some of the happiest times of your life - and where did they happen? In pubs and bars, I'd bet.

Time with friends, your student years, birthdays, parties, weddings. Alcohol's inextricably linked with so many of them.

The funny thing is, try thinking of some of the unhappiest moments of your life - and what's been responsible for them too? Booze, probably.

Acting selfishly or inconsiderately, embarrassing . . .

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Neil Davies

Neil Davies

Neil Davies: Motivation Through a OnceWritten.com Writing Contest

November 10, 2005

How long did it take you to write your first book?
The basic story of A World of Assassins was actually the very first "long" story I ever finished, well over ten years ago now. Back then it was called something different ("Sage") and was less than half the length it is now. But it was the first time I'd . . .

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Stanice Anderson: A Seed and a Prayer

October 9, 2005

Looking back, I believe the seed for I Say a Prayer for Me: One Woman’s Life of Faith and Triumph published in hardcover in November 2002 and trade paperback in October 2003 by Walk Worthy Press/Warner Books was planted on a cool, dry September evening in 1998. Discouraged and perplexed, I called a childhood friend and confessed, “I pour my heart into the stories I write and all I get back are letters from editors saying how powerful my . . .

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