How long have these items been around?
From left to right in the image: Paper ~ 23 CE Bound Book ~ Gutenberg Bible dates from 1450s Weighted Book Marks ~ I acquired mine in the 1990s Gel Pen ~ available since 1980s Macbook Air ~ 13 inch 2017 model iPhone xr ~ introduced 12 September 2018 Espresso ~ made its debut at the 1906 World's Fair in Milano Granulated Sugar ~ became common between 1710 CE and 1770 CE. #writerstools #paper #hardback #gelpen #macbookair #iphonexr #espresso #granulatedsugar
Today, I thought I would showcase my evolution as an author
When I started I just had the ebook and paperback of TQ. About 3 years ago, I added the audio version which won the 2021 Gold Medal IPPY. Now I have a jacketed hardcover (pictured) together with the Deluxe Edition which is on its way for the Holliday Season. One great reason for doing all this is because next year, I am launching Twelve Cursed Sisters, my series of Historical Fantasy novels. Stay tuned! #medieval #historicalromance #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy #youngadult #authors
Every Friday, I force myself to rise to my feet and go out
and spend the afternoon at one of the many (and FREE) museums available to us in the Washington DC metro area. This is an activity you can do rain or shine. It prevents burnout by giving you something to look forward to each week. I call these outings Artist Dates after Julia Cameron and they are a wonderful way of acquiring new ideas for your WIP. #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #authors #artistdate #creativity #new_ideas #the_writers_life
Thwarted Queen Hardcover coming soon!
Each one is priced at $25.00 (the lowest I could go due to VERY EXPENSIVE shipping fees) and each copy will be SIGNED by me!! A Perfect Gift, especially for Valentine's Day, as TQ contains within its depths a TORRID LOVE-AFFAIR between a Lady and an Archer. I only have TEN copies, so don't wait! 💘💔💕🌷 Stayed tuned for ETA... #valentines_day #loveaffair #medieval #1400s
FINALLY, I got around to re-decorating my office! What do you think?
I painted the walls Province Blue (so soothing.) I bought an étagère bookcase (in back) to hold my collection of over-large books, which includes The World's Most Beautiful Libraries. I purchased a round rug, and found a wonderful coffee table with an oval glass top on top of a sculptural base that has a little "pocket" to put things. I did all of this for UNDEr $1000.00! Amazing what you can find online... #redecoration #etagere #roundrug #coffeetable #wayfair #homeoffice
I LOVE unaccompanied Choral Music
I started life as a violinist, so am VERY PARTICULAR about what I listen to. If I'm doing something creative, like writing my novel, l listen to Meditation Music. But if I'm doing something where I require more stimulation (like marketing) I listen to a capella or unaccompanied choral music. ON YOOLIS NIGHT by Anonymous 4 (a group of professional female singers) is the PERFECT Advent Treat for me! #acapella #choral #carols #anonymous4
Melissa Stevens designs the Deluxe Edition of Thwarted Queen!
I was SO LUCKY to find Melissa of "The Illustrated Author." What blew me away were her interior designs. I had NEVER seen anything so imaginative before. Which is why I hired her to do the interior design, Hardback cover AND jacketed cover (pictured here) of the Deluxe Edition of Thwarted Queen to be released in 2023...stay tuned! To find out more go to https://www.theillustratedauthor.com/ #hardcoverbooks #bookcovers #bookdesigner #bookmarketing
Tip #1: Do your MOST IMPORTANT work FIRST!
Well, maybe you DON'T need to get up at the crack of dawn...but I think everyone will agree that the work you start FIRST during your day will get finished. Which is why, if you are a writer, you should write first thing BEFORE you do anything else! #sunriselovers #writers #tipsforwriters
Wouldn't you like to research your novel here?
Before I write a word of my novels, I do TWO kinds of reading: A) I read history books to get the most recent thinking about the period in which my novel is set B) I read books by other historical novelists in the subgenre I'm writing about, so that I can see what they have done, principally so that I can do something different. Naturally, I research my novel in one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Klementinum in Prague! #historic #fiction #research #writingnovels
SEVEN SISTERS series inspires my forthcoming novels
As most of you know, Lucinda Riley was the talented author behind the "Seven Sisters" series. I devoured each volume as it came out and was so shocked when she suddenly died before she could finish. What made her so great? She wrote with a great deal of empathy about young women today. Unlike many feminists, she was not against men, she thought they had a place in a strong woman's life. OTOH, her women did not kowtow to their men. A very valuable lesson for us all. #lucindariley #compassion
Honoring My Team
I first encountered Catherine back in 2009 when she was transitioning from the Iowa Book Doctors to opening her own business (Inkslinger Editing.) Writing my first novel "Thwarted Queen" is the hardest thing I have ever done, and I benefitted from Catherine's wonderful suggestions. #developmentalediting #catherineadams #inkslingerediting #thwartedqueen #cynthiasallyhaggard #histfic