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3 Poems in New Anthology


I'm happy and honored to have THREE of my poems included in the new 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways edited by Bridget Magee! The collection features the work of 58 poets from around the world. I'm looking forward to reading the anthology! I'll be writing more about my poems in the collection in a future post on TeachingAuthors.


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Resources for Self-Publishing

      Exactly one week from today, at the 2021 Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) Conference, I'll be moderating a panel of four authors discussing self-publishing: Carolyn AstfalkSara HarrisAnnie Harton, and Leslea Wahl. Here are several resources for that presentation. I'll include any additional ones mentioned at the conference later.

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Resources for Writing Historical Fiction

I'll be discussing "The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction" at the 2021 Catholic Writers Guild online conference. Here are the resources I'll be sharing, along with links where available. 


  • Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths by Susanne Alleyn. For more about this book, and to read the first chapter, see this page
  • Writing Historical Fiction by Rhona Martin
  • Once Upon a Time It Was Now: The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction by James Alexander Thom
  • Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley

Online Resources:

Additional articles of interest:

If you have a questions about my presentation, feel free to post it as a comment below or email me through my contact page.



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Third Anniversary Book Giveaway

     Monday, Sept. 30, 2020 will mark the third anniversary of the original release of Playing by Heart! To celebrate, I'm giving away an autographed copy of that original edition. In Spring 2018, Vinspire Publishing, released a new edition with an updated back cover that includes images of some of the awards the novel has received. But the copy I'll be giving away has the original back cover. See below for instructions on entering the giveaway. Note: the giveaway begins Sept. 9 and ends Sept. 30, 2020.


    In case you're not familiar with Playing by Heart, here's a brief summary:


Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the 'second sister' means she'll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia's only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father's quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. Too late, Emilia realizes that her success could threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister's very life.


     Playing by Heart was inspired by two amazing 18th-century sisters who were far ahead of their time: composer Maria Teresa Agnesi and mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi. You can read more about the real sisters on this website I created.


     Playing by Heart has received numerous awards, including the Catholic Arts and Letters Award, the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Young Adult Fiction, and a Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal for Young Adult Historical. The novel has also garnered over 55 reviews on Amazon, with an overall rating of 4.9 out 5 stars!  To read more about the novel, including review excerpts, see this page


Giveaway Instructions:

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  1. You MUST subscribe to my Creativity Newsletter to enter. (This option gives you 2 entries!)

    New subscribers: go to this page and subscribe to the newsletter BEFORE you enter your email address in the first option of the widget below. Then watch for an email to confirm your subscription. After you click the link in that email, you'll have the opportunity to download a free thank you gift. 

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If you have any problems entering, email me via the Contact page. Contest is open Sept. 9 through Sept. 30, 2020. Winners will be notified via email.


Open to U.S. residents 18 years of age and over. Good luck!


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