5 Signs You’re a Writer

5 Signs You’re a Writer

My stupidity with numbers is kind of embarrassing. Seriously, I still stumble over grade-school multiplication tables. I have to stare at a clock face for several seconds before I can read the time. Algebra? Calculus? Unfathomable. Numbers, to me, are silent...
My One-Eyed Hero

My One-Eyed Hero

Readers love book series. No wonder. We get to know the continuing characters so well, we’re eager to find out what happens to them in the next book. For the author, though, the terrain of a series can be a minefield. My Thornleigh Saga is a series of seven historical...
Literary Wonder Drug

Literary Wonder Drug

I’m feeling pretty happy these days because I’ve just finished writing a new book, my twelfth novel. However, during the eighteen months it took to complete, there were days when the work was definitely not making me happy. Luckily, my career as a writer has taught me...
Killing Your Darlings

Killing Your Darlings

[Ralph Bruce illustration: “Sydney Carton” in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.] KILLING YOUR DARLINGS by Barbara Kyle Have you heard the phrase, “You’ve got to kill your darlings”? It comes from a 1916 book by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch who...