Archive for June, 2010

Live Chickens and The Queen’s Pawn

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Video Blog Entries | No Comments

From The Queen’s Pawn: "If [King Henry] had ever seen a chicken, it had only been on a plate."

Lightning Revisions

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | The Writing Life | 2 Comments

I got my notes back from my editors on TO BE QUEEN and I am working to make my new due date while traveling to signings and book clubs. Speed is of the essence, while still making sure the book is the best I can write. I love all of it, working with Eleanor, which I have loved for years, and meeting and talking with readers. I am having a blast. Who knew it would be this fun?

The Chapel Where Henry and Alais First Met

Friday, June 11th, 2010 | Video Blog Entries | No Comments

Ok, in my novel, they actually meet in a stable, but they have their first real conversation in a chapel very much like this one…

Travel Fun and Writing

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | The Writing Life | 2 Comments

I was in Charleston, SC and loved it. I am back on my borrowed porch now, ready to work once more on the manuscript for TO BE QUEEN. Travel is fun and Charleston is truly charming and beautiful, but I have missed Eleanor…

How Does a Writer Get Better?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 | The Writing Life | 2 Comments

How does a writer get better? This is a question I ask myself. I have a few answers that I’ve come up with over the last twelve years, but if anyone else has an idea, I’d love to hear it.

This question is on my mind today because tomorrow I hope to receive the latest batch of notes from my editors. And the question remains: once TO BE QUEEN is back in my hands, how can I make it better?

This is a question I return to, again and again. As a writer and a published author, with all the added pressures of marketing and sales and speaking engagements, how do I continue to bring my focus back to the work, not to maintain the status quo of my abilities but to make them stronger?

Hard work is the only answer I’ve come up with so far. Revising the same work, again and again, until it is better than it was when I started. Taking every note from my editor and my assistant editor, and making sure that I answer the questions they pose, and work on the problems they find, until those problems are smoothed over and gone.

Writing a novel is like honing a jewel…each facet is drawn from the stone itself through hard work and power tools, and the jewel, while beautiful at every stage, finally meets a moment of completion that only a master jeweler can see. A point at which the carving stops, and the jewel exists as a work of art.

Well, I am no master yet, but I have a lot of tools at my disposal. My work ethic, two editors who love my Eleanor as much as I do, the years I have spent honing my voice, the willingness to hone my voice and make it better. I believe all of this will be enough, and that in the final product, when TO BE QUEEN reaches all of you, it will be the best I can make it. There is satisfaction in that. And hopefully, I will keep growing as a writer, and my books to come will be even better.

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