Hello, Agnieszka A Five-Star Readers’ Favorite

Hello, Agnieszka A Five-Star Readers’ Favorite The Views from Three Readers: After her son tried to commit suicide, Agnieszka was left with no choice but to reveal a well-kept secret to her kids in order to help them understand their … Continued

Tedium in writing—Paying Attention To P’s And Q’s

There is necessary tedium in writing. My third novel (Hello, Agnieszka!) is in the proofreading stage by another pair of eyes. That makes four scrutinizing pairs, so far. Writing is a solitary undertaking but the author is always too close … Continued

Live Inside Your Head: Romance in writing

If you live inside your head, people are likely to think you’re crazy. But doing so can actually be comforting. Productive, even. As I grew older, reality trounced my dreams one by one. I found myself retreating a little more … Continued

How Beta Readers Helped My Book

I sent my latest manuscript to a couple of beta readers. I’ve found them helpful in the past. I tend to experiment a little with the linear structure of novels. I’m never sure, though, if doing so would confuse readers. … Continued

A Rant: Careless Word Choice

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Ah, how careless we can be with our words! I don’t mean sloppy grammar or style that relies on clichés. I’m talking about careless word choice, particularly when words are chosen to serve a style of writing. Someone sent me … Continued

Praise for Hello, My Love from Goodbooks Today

Goodbooks Today: Praise for Hello, My Love ************ “The unexpected surprises and emotional encounters of this novel keeps the reader enthralled until the very last page.”—GoodbooksToday.com Reviews There are few stories that capture the raw emotions of a true and … Continued

The Place of Places in Stories

Places in stories can advance plot and show something about a character. Food and eating can (see Delectable Dishes) do the same.  In Hello, Greg invites Elise to his house presumably to see him in his “true element.”   When … Continued

As These Pages Turn—a Book in Hand

I tore open the cardboard packaging much too eagerly and my palms smarted from the vigorous peeling off of unyielding adhesive tapes. But it’s worth the rawness of a few minutes. I looked at this thing in my hand, dressed … Continued

What Some People Say: Reviews, Margaret of the North

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I am including here a sampling of what some people say about my first novel which I found both informative and helpful: This one is after my own heart because I thought the reviewer understood what I was attempting to … Continued

My Male Perspective: Margaret of the North

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Here’s my male perspective: Margaret of the North Margaret of the North by Evy Journey continues the story of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Gaskell’s novel has been made into a 2004 BBC mini-series of four 50-minute episodes. It stars … Continued