Write what you love

Let me tell you a secret. I want to be Stephen King.

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Okay, I don’t actually want to be Stephen King. I don’t want coke-bottle glasses and I don’t want to live in Maine, nice as it is in July. I’m also happy being a few decades younger than King is.

But I’d still like to write like the man writes.

Here’s the thing. I’m not Stephen King. (apologies for the rhyme — it’s not my fault his surname rhymes with ‘thing’)

I’m just me. Christina, Tine, that chick from Somewhere in the American South, or whatever I happen to call myself on Friday evenings.

Take-home message? Sure, I have one. It tastes like “write what you love,” not what you want to/pretend to/hope to love. Read more

The Birth of a Novel


LUCKY THIRTEEN BannerI should have titled this “How to Put a Strain on Your Marriage and Drive Yourself Insane in Five Short Weeks”, but that seemed kinda long for a blog post title, so I cribbed from D.W. Griffith’s 1915 cinematic masterpiece and changed the last word.

In previous posts, The Road to Getting an Agent Part 1 and Part 2, I wrote about the querying process.  Since I’ve got some time (I hope) before my agent gets back to me with the red-pencil treatment, I thought I’d jot down a few notes about how LUCKY THIRTEEN — and its protagonist Danny Jones — came to be. Read more