Family and Friendship: An Interview with Elaine Stock

Being a part of the 2021 Debuts allowed me to connect with several authors releasing books in 2022, including Elaine Stock, who is a fellow member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Elaine “enjoys creating stories showing how all faiths, races, and belief systems are interconnected and need each other,” and her latest book, We…

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Anything Is Possible: An Interview with Nikki Vallance

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: one of the benefits of social media is the capacity for connection, especially with people like author Nikki Vallance. We met online months ago, and her enthusiasm and positivity have somehow crossed the ocean and stuck with me. Nikki’s debut novel, Pivotal, released in 2019 from…

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Contemplating the What If: An Interview with Maggie Giles

Writing groups and communities, whether in person or virtual, are must haves for writers. And author Maggie Giles believes in them wholeheartedly. She’s a member of Scribophile, an online group that helps writers gain feedback and learn about publishing, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), “a professional, enriching, supportive, and diverse international community for…

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Dreaming Bigger: An Interview with Kara Tatelbaum

Did you know that today is International Dance Day? I didn’t either, and honestly, I would not have known about it (I’m no dancer) except that I had the lovely honor of interviewing Kara Tatelbaum, whose latest book, Putting My Heels Down: A Memoir of Having a Dream , , , and a Day Job,…

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More Listening, Less Talking: An Interview with Rebecca Prenevost

Genuine literary citizens always impress me, and Rebecca Prenevost is one of the most impressive. She’s truly believes in supporting other authors and lifts them up via social media, both with her personal account and the women_authors_stories account. But her days aren’t all spent on other people. She’s also dedicated to writing, and she recently…

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Life Lessons at Trader Joe’s

Grocery stores and the people inside don’t know how special they are to me. Honestly. My experiences at grocery stores are legendary! Okay, well, not legendary, but one encounter led to a moment of human connection and another to a novel. And those are just the moments I wrote about. But as my family will…

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Minnesota Taco Salad

In mid-January, Tim came home from work and said, “A young person at work is deploying in April, and she might need a place to stay for two months. I told her that Zoe and Talia’s bedroom was empty, and if she needed to use us as a last resort, we’d be happy to help.”…

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Dancing on Sunshine: An Interview with Parris Afton Bonds

Running an author interview series allows me to “meet” authors I might not have encountered otherwise. New York Times bestselling author Parris Afton Bonds falls into that group. We crossed paths thanks to our connection to Diane Windsor of Motina Books, and I’m so glad we did. Parris is a veteran of the publishing industry…

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My Speedster

A few days ago, a letter addressed to me arrived in the mail. It said: A vehicle registered in your name was photographed violating the traffic law or ordinance listed below, or the registered owner of the vehicle has submitted an Affidavit naming you as the operator of the vehicle at the time of the…

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