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Blue Million fun – and a reading sale for every hemisphere

12939510_10209722543888161_1278498025_nAuthor Amy Metz at A Blue Million Books generously shared the chance for a fun interview this week.

Among a host of thought-provoking questions, she revealed some of my murderous tendencies:

Have you ever killed off a character fictionally, as revenge for something someone did in real life?


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[Semi-spoiler alert:]

Oh, my, did I ever. :).  One of the most fun experiences I have with my newest book is when friends call up to tell me how satisfied THEY felt when they got to that part.

What would your main character say about you?

“Ease up. Be gentle, and grateful. Don’t miss the good stuff.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write? Why?

The memorial for a 90-year-old artist friend who’d had a remarkable life. He was one of my earliest mentors. It was hard because I also had to read it at the funeral and knew I wasn’t likely to make it through. It helped me give myself permission to cry in public, when that’s what my heart needs to do.


“Marketing”: Well, there’s always leaving it around in somewhat obvious places, hoping someone will find it 🙂

Do you have any marketing tips you could pass on to indie authors?

Oh, lord — I think you have to really believe in your work, in the way a parent believes in a child because she knows his or her innermost strengths, even when others can’t see them.

In promoting my books, I strive for a balance between the innovative and creative and the non-intrusive — finding creative ways to make a book discoverable without alienating or annoying anyone. After being published by trade publishers, then going it alone, I’ve learned that it is appreciative readers, more than any other factor, that can best help potential readers find a book, and understand why they’d want to read it. So an important focus is how to reach and build connection with those readers who will connect with your work.

AND — you can always lower a book’s price!!!

Just in time for summer (or Southern-Hemisphere winter) reading — 

SALE for the Kindle version of The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War –

Albert Marquet - Jardin du Luxembourg, 1898. Oil on canvas, 15 x 17 3_4 in. (38 x 45 cm). @ Sotheby's Images, London_n

Albert Marquet – Jardin du Luxembourg, 1898. Oil on canvas.

  $2.99 US (*)

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(*Also discounted in all countries with an Amazon marketplace.)


Read my interview with Amy Metz of A Blue Million Books at:


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Writing = Rewriting

Writer VL Towler recently shared a post at her blog that both humbles and instructs the writer I try to be in the world.

Her own dedication to her work inspires me very much, and her observations here summarize a great deal about the reality that all writing is rewriting.

Ms. Towler’s novel, Severed, is scheduled for release this year.

Five Lessons My Editor Taught Me About Writing (and Why My Life Is Not Wasted Waiting So Long to Learn Them)

by VL Towler


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I set out to write my soon-to-be published novel over 13 years ago when I moved to New England after my mother’s second husband passed away.  With no income to speak of, and no friends, I aimed to write a novel after my foray into screen and television writing in California (where I grew up)  foundered.  Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had a great career in movies, television, and even an off Broadway play–just none of it is attributed to me, although my fingerprints are everywhere, even on television series that you are watching today.

But the Play button must be pushed. Life goes on.

Read the post at: http://vltowler.blogspot.com/2015/05/five-lessons-my-editor-taught-me-about.html