Monthly Archives: May 2012

Authors Pressed to Produce More Than One Novel Per Year

This article was originally posted on the NY Times.com.   Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and … Continue reading

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What Is the True Cost of an eBook?

This article comes from CNET News. Here’s something that tends to get lost in the debate over e-book prices: Paper doesn’t cost very much. There’s a perception among consumers that an e-book should cost very little or next to nothing because there … Continue reading

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The Northanger Horrid Novels – Were They Real?

With this post, I wanted to introduce my visitors to what are known as the Northanger Horrid Novels, seven early Gothic examples of fiction mentioned in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. These books were among the many published by Minerva Press … Continue reading

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Northanger Abbey 1987 – Movie Discussion

When we read our favorite novels, we bring our own imagination to the experience. Film adaptations, however, leave less room for interpretation. We have all, at one time or another, been disappointed in the casting, not inherently evident to us … Continue reading

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Mars vs. Venus – Identifying Male/Female Stereotypes

On a recent rerun of the TV show The Doctors, the featured physicians answered questions from audience participants on male/female stereotypes and comparisons. As a writer, those differences are forever part of one’s psyche. One cannot have an Alpha male responding … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Movie Discussion of 1995’s Pride and Prejudice

In reading Jane Austen, one can easily imagine the Austen children acting out a play created by the boisterous Jane. Her novels have all the elements of drama: a small cast, limited settings, and no special effects. In this manner, … Continue reading

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British Thoroughbred Racing History

One of the more challenging aspects of writing historical romance is the amount of research one must do. It is not uncommon to spend 8 hours researching a fact that in less than a paragraph in the book. However, one … Continue reading

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