“Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” ― L. Frank Baum   Last week I finished two books with sad endings.   Life, death and love at 16   A teen and her bucket list   And both left me with not only a pile of tissues, but wondering about the impact of endings. Happy. Sad. Bittersweet. Unresolved. Is one better than the other? They all can work, but what really impresses me in a story is resilience.  Just… Read more »

Hook the reluctant reader. It’s the phrase that pays. I’ve heard it many times over the last year. Almost every editor at the last two conferences I went to said it, and last week I heard literary agent, Mary Kole say it. But I am also familiar with the concept, not just as a writer, but as a mom. Because I gave birth to not one, but two reluctant readers. I love to read, always have, so of course my kids… Read more »