Resurrecting a Historical Figure ~ Interview with Author Sharon Ewell Foster

The Author Sharon Ewell Foster – a former Defense Department instructor, writer, researcher, analyst, and logistician, is the only African American to win the Christy Award, in addition to earning place on the Essence and other bestsellers lists. Her first novel, Passing by Samaria, was the NAACP Book of the Year in 2000. The North […]

Break Writer’s Block: Become the Storyteller, Not the Protagonist ~ Latest BRP Commentary

Are you a storyteller or a protagonist? In my latest Blood-Red Pencil post, “Break Writer’s Block: Become the Storyteller, Not the Protagonist,” I look at these terms – “protagonist” and “storyteller” – to argue how choosing one of these roles can dictate how we might fall into the writer’s block trap…and suggest ways how to […]

Part 5 (of 5) of Book to Screen @ APOOO Bookclub

In the last part of the five-part series, Book to Screen, I offer information on where to find agents, contests, production companies, and more for your screenplay. Big thank you to those who have e-mailed about the series, have learned from it, and are actually interested in now turning their books into possible screenplays! To […]

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Talking with Author Shakara Cannon

The Author Shakara Cannon developed her love for writing during her childhood years writing stories to read to her family at bed time. As she honed her skills, Shakara steadily gained notoriety in high school writing stories that surprised her teachers. She further developed her passion for writing at California State University, Northridge, double majoring […]

Knowing Your Editor’s Editing Philosophy

My latest Blood-Red Pencil post, “Knowing Your Editor’s Editing Philosophy,” came about after reading another BRP bloggers post titled “Who Is Your Editor?” There has been plenty of advice for writers about researching agents and publishers and making sure writers have a good fit with these people; it’s equally important to have a good relationship […]

Plotter, Pantser, Both? Talking with Author Bettye Griffin @ All the Blog’s a Page

Are you a PLOTTER or a PANTSER…or are you BOTH? That’s the question being asked of the authors coming to you live this month on ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE. I have had author-friends who truly detest plotting, feeling it takes away from what the characters want to say, and I’ve had author-friends who detest […]


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