December 10, 2015

My interview with author Puja Guha

Puja Guha is the author of two novels, Ahriman, the Spirit of Destruction, an international espionage, and The Confluence, an Indian family drama. She has lived in Kuwait, Canada, France, the U.S. and U.K. After meeting her at a writers’ conference, she agreed to answer a few questions about her writing career.   Q: You got the idea for your first novel while participating in the National Novel Writing Month. How did that event help convince you that you could write fiction? P.G.: I started to write with a limited idea. I hadn’t figured out how the book would end, or how much of the story would progress. When I started to write it though, everything just flowed. Pieces of […]
October 13, 2015

Stepping through the looking glass with Tracee Lydia Garner

October 23 will be a big day for me. I’ll be “stepping through the looking glass” with author Tracee Lydia Garner at Northern Virginia Community College at an event sponsored by the campus Partners’ Club, a group dedicated to promoting disability awareness. Tracee and I will be discussing writing and publishing, but our primary focus will be on portraying characters with disabilities. As those who have read House Divided know, my protagonist, Leonard Robbins, is wheel-chair bound as a result of an injury he suffered while in South America working for the CIA. If you can’t make that event, perhaps you know someone who might be interested. If so, please tell them to visit the Events Page on this website […]
December 24, 2013

How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I resolve to lose two pounds a month until I’ve lost twenty pounds by eating salads instead of sandwiches for lunch and by engaging in aerobic exercise for at least one hour at a time three days a week.” One of the benefits of time and target-specific goals is that you can make adjustments during the year. In the case of losing weight if you come […]
November 19, 2013

Yes, Barbara, Rejection is Good for the Writer’s Soul

Barbara Rogan is correct in her recent In Cold Ink blog post: “Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?” when she states self-publishing writers produce less than excellent work in large part because there are no gatekeepers that prevent them from publishing before their work has achieved the standard of the traditionally published works they compete with. Because self-publishing writers have not forged their works in the fires of pre-publishing turn-downs does not mean, however, that they do not face rejection. Rejection for the self-published comes in terms of anemic or non-existent sales.   Assuming all writers who publish desire robust sales, the question comes down to whether self-publishing writers whose books fail to sell more than a handful of copies […]
March 29, 2013

Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads: Not Good for Authors or Readers

Goodreads–the social networking site that allows authors and readers to rank, discuss and share books–has agreed to be purchased by Amazon, the world’s largest book seller. What prompted the sale is likely the fact that Goodreads was exploring opening a bookstore. Amazon already owns Shelfari one of Goodreads’ competitors, which means there is no longer an independent social networking website focused on books that is large enough to matter. As long as Goodreads was independent, readers could trust the sales channel. Now despite the protests of Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler, the trust element is gone. Integration with Kindle will surely influence reader purchases in favor of Amazon’s sales channel as opposed to Barnes & Noble or ITunes. With somewhere between […]