Video: The real life events behind my mystery/thriller

Did you know that the novel Jaws was based on a true story? Yeah. I didn’t want to know that either (goodbye swimming FOREVER). There is nothing to make a creepy story even creepier than knowing IT ACTUALLY happened. In honour of  Mystery Thriller Week, I have put together this vid to share the real […]

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Who’s That Girl? The Secret Identity of my Cover Girl

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A lot of people have asked me if the face on the cover of my book, The Tokyo Cover Girls belongs to me. I get it. With my youthful skin and sleek physique, I basically look like I’m still a teenager. Alas, I thought I should probably give credit to my cover model and introduce […]

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Why Blog: self leadership for writers

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Most things I do, experience, clean the dishes, revise budgets, edit my manuscript, have a distinct goal in mind. Money. Fitness. Clean counters. But not for this. I have spent probably hundreds of hours creating posts for my blog with no clear outcome in mind. Sometimes I think I […]

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Literary agent webinars: dream makers or advantage takers?

I received several notices about webinars offering ‘exclusive’ access to literary agents in my email this week. I’m not sure whether to be excited—or irritated. When I was fourteen my mother made me an appointment to see a modeling agent. The agent’s name was Dyan and after taking my photo and measurements she apparently decided that […]

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Death by Query Letter

Convince a stranger to risk their job and profession by investing in a completely unproven product…in 250 words or less. Enter the query letter, described best by Nathan Bransford as  “part business letter, part creative writing exercise, part introduction, part death defying leap through a flaming hoop.” I have recently started composing queries in hopes […]

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On paying attention: a lesson in toothbrushing and writing from Colette Brooks

On one block I see the windows through which scores of young women once leapt to their deaths, fire driving them from factory floor to the cool of the open air…someone else who remembers place white roses on the sidewalk (Brooks, In the City).” In my attempt to be more mindful of the world around […]

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