What is it with books and cats?

Ever do an image search for reading or books? Ever notice how the vast majority of results have cats in them? Makes you wonder what the connection might be between reading and cats.   A quick search for Reading on … Read More

Learning from My Mistakes—Why the Blog Series?

Guest Post: Suzan Lauder shares with us what inspired her newest blog post series. I’m a reader more than I’m a writer. At any given point in time, I’m reading 7 or 8 books and stories, which tends to include … Read More

Dear Friend Event

“Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming, when she found herself so affectionately received.” – Jane Austen Jane Austen describes a fine friendship between Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Collins. … Read More

My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley Blog Tour

    One simple, uncharacteristic subterfuge leaves Fitzwilliam Darcy needing to apologize to nearly everyone he knows! When Charles Bingley reaps the sad repercussions of Mr. Darcy’s sin of omission, Elizabeth Bennet’s clear-eyed view of the facts gives her the … Read More

@Pixar’s Storytelling Secrets

Most people will agree that Pixar excels at telling a good story. Just think back to the first 10 minutes of UP. Not only does it tell a whole history with hardly any dialogue, it really grabs at your emotions … Read More

Smart Authors Self-Edit Spelling

You wondered about the title, right? “But the spell checker does that! Not always? What makes for a smart author, and how does this apply to me?” We know from previous posts that smart authors self-edit their weakest areas to … Read More

#DreamcastingHeroes Winners

After twelve days of DreamcastingHeroes, we have winners of our giveaways. Roxana Hidalgo in Spain will receive the paperback of “Then Comes Winter” and Angela Dale in the UK won the Amazon gift card and e-book! Congratulations. And thanks to … Read More

“Then Comes Winter” Giveaway & Dreamcasting the Short Story Heroes

In celebration of the winter short story anthology “Then Comes Winter” one year publishing anniversary, enter to win the world wide paperback giveaway at Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/212726-then-comes-winter and the Rafflecopter Giveaway  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fe4b73488 for an Amazon Gift Card and ebook copy. Already read and enjoyed … Read More

The engagement scene in Suzan Lauder’s bestselling Letter from Ramsgate

The inspiration for using the Royal Menagerie at Exeter Exchange for the final chapter in Letter from Ramsgate came from my dear friend Maria (defiantfalcon at the Meryton Literary Society’s A Happy Assembly), the plot beta for the story and … Read More

Another road trip! A Letter from Ramsgate Blog Tour, to be exact!

That’s me, on my way around the world with my parasol, now that Letter from Ramsgate is live on Amazon! Yes! It’s on its way up the rankings, and you can buy it now! Don’t let the serviceable bag fool … Read More

Letter From Ramsgate Blog Tour

Letter from Ramsgate by Suzan Lauder goes on Blog Tour October 17-30. It’s expected release coincides with the start of the blog tour.   Book Blurb:  Sir, I am not known to you. I fear you may have concerns regarding … Read More

Sofa Sophia and the Farmer’s Market: A chat with Suzan Lauder!

I “met” author/blogger/reviewer/Goodreads host Sophia Rose in the virtual world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction before we were both honoured with short stories in the Meryton Press holiday anthology Then Comes Winter, but that’s where I came to know her … Read More

Learning from my Mistakes: What’s Chunking?

Writer’s block. Editing block. What do do? Some recommend handwriting out your scene to get it out of your head. Blocking out the future sections with ideas on post-it notes can help if your problem is flow or outline. Printing … Read More

Update: Who or what is on the LfR cover?

Remember Imagining Mr. Darcy: The Faceless Man and the Book Cover from May 2016? Suffice it to say that Mr. Darcy is never a “given” on a book cover, and many surprises are in store for a writer who has … Read More

Better Self-Editing is a Good Place to Start Learning from My Mistakes!

Some authors sit down to write, and the words just flow out of them. They do a brain dump, quickly scan and make a few minor changes, and voila, they have a novel. It’s not that easy for me. I … Read More

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