Saturday Six #27: When I Could Have Given Up

Back in March, I participated in my first pitch event on Twitter (you can read about that experience here!). While I didn’t come away with any likes from agents that first time around, I garnered enough benefits to do it again, which I did on June 3, armed with three brand-new pitches (for the same …

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Saturday Six #26: Unfinished Books

For a long time, I thought giving up on books made me a quitter. But as a busy person (mom of four, full-time employee, part-time novelist), I’ve realized there’s not time for everything. And there’s especially not time for books I don’t love. Choosing not to finish a book might mean I'll miss out on …

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COVID-19 and American Memory

The last romantic comedy I read (Shipped by Angie Hockman...super fun, I recommend it!) was set in 2019. The publishing industry runs a couple years behind "real time," so despite its 2021 release, the novel was likely written well before 2019. But it also felt like a very deliberate decision to set the book before the …

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Saturday Six #25: Sweet Strawberry Summer

Before developers purchased the fields, I went strawberry picking with my parents and brother every summer. It was always one of our first family outings once my mom finished the school year as an elementary secretary, together filling flats of locally grown berries. I’m sure crouching and bending in the hot sun wasn’t always the …

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Saturday Six #24: The Sound of Music Revisited (Again)

The first time I watched The Sound of Music, it was my grandma’s copy, recorded from television onto a VHS tape. When I was 10, I was thrilled to get my own copy (also on VHS – a double boxed set!). I can’t say how many times I’ve seen it and listened to the music. …

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Saturday Six #23: Twentieth Century Historical Fiction

I didn’t realize the 20th century had become such a popular setting for historical fiction, until I looked back and saw that six of the last seven I’ve read fit that description, all of which I've read this year. Honestly, this gives me a boost of confidence, considering my finished novel and the one I’m …

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