Fiction Writing

Saint Patrick’s Day: Myths, Facts, & Writing Prompts

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. When going to school, I would always find something green to wear on this special day. I really didn’t want to be pinched, and if I failed to wear green, the inevitable happened. Who was St. Patrick, and what does green have to do with this day? St.…

Lynn Cullen Interview – Sofonisba Anguissola, Juana the Mad, and Historical Fiction

What was it about Sofonisba Anguissola and Juana the Mad that caught this author’s attention?  What did she do to learn more about these two fascinating women?  How old was this author when she began to write?  How supportive is her family of her writing?  What advice does she have for aspiring authors? Sofonisba Anguissola…

Reign of Madness – a Review

Every little girl dreams that one day her prince will come and sweep her off her feet.  After all, Cinderella and Snow White were each rescued from their dreary existence by a prince, and they lived happily ever after.  But does this ever happen in real life? Meet Juana of Castile.  In many history books,…

How to Write Believable Dialogue

What exactly is dialogue? It is simply a conversation between two or more characters. Nothing fancy, just a conversation. But the mere mention or thought of dialogue scares a lot of writers who will do just about anything to avoid it. The fear of writing dialogue must be conquered. We practice dialogue every time we…