Mary Ann Marlowe

How I Got My Literary Agent

I didn’t always write fiction. Way back when, I wrote research papers about fiction. And for years, I spilled words out on blogs and forums and in journals, caressing these posts until I had something I could share with others, hoping to entertain as much as anything else. Then I’d watch those hard-won words disappear […]

Schrödinger’s Cancer

For the past month, I’ve been dealing with what I dubbed “Schrödinger’s Cancer.” It’s the cancer you both have and do not have in the interim time between finding something suspicious and test results. It’s that window of time that opens with you waiting to see if that unnatural thing goes away, convinced you’re healthy. […]

The Liebster Award: 10 Question Blog Hop

Oh my God, YOU GUYS! I got some kind of an award! Woohoo! Thanks to Nikki Roberti for nominating me on her blog for something called a Liebster award. Now I’d never heard of it. So…. I checked Wikipedia and discovered: The page “Liebster award” does not exist. Cutting edge stuff right here. And if […]

Thank You #PitchWars!

Thank You #PitchWars!

Pitch Wars came along at the perfect time. I was in that sweet spot between thinking there was nothing wrong with my brand new MS and knowing everything was wrong with it. If I’d had any more or any less faith in my novel, I probably wouldn’t have entered it. It’s that delusional place you […]

#PitchWars Blog Hop – Why I Wrote CALAMITY

This post is part of a blog hop for #PitchWars and will be hosted by the fearless C.M. Franklin on her blog. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to visit the other authors in this blog hop. The first time someone asked me why I wrote Calamity, I answered without thinking, “Because […]

Putting the "Partner" in Critique Partner

Putting the “Partner” in Critique Partner

Most of us have an aversion to critiquing and being critiqued, and this might cause us to fear finding or becoming a critique partner. I recently shared about being a good critiquer when you CP with someone. Today, I wanted to write about the other half of the equation: the “partner” side of the job. When I […]

NaNo 2014 Mini-Series Interview

O hai! I’ve agreed to be a part of Susan Nystoriak’s NaNo Mini-Series. The first post is all about the writers who have agreed to take part in this interview series. We’ll be sharing our different approaches to NaNo which is coming up fast. If you’ve ever even thought you might want to write a […]

Putting the “Critique” in Critique Partner

My then eleven-year-old decided to write a novel. It was four pages long and started when her character woke up. For a four-page novel, the action took far too long to get going, but on the other hand, the ghost appeared on page 1. When I read her novel, you know I told her none […]

I Remember September 11, 2001

I Remember September 11, 2001

13 14 1516 17 years ago today at 8:48. I woke up feeling sick because I had worked late the night before. Commuting into work at ass-crack a.m. never appealed to me much, but especially not feeling like crap. But I had deadlines and my co-workers would count on me to come in that day […]

Writing Contests, #PitchWars, and Rejection

Writing Contests, #PitchWars, and Rejection

Bear with me. This might sound like everyone else in the whole authorverse… I started writing novels last year. That’s not to say I started writing last year, but until Nanowrimo, I had never attempted a full-length, plot-arced, voice-dripping, character-driven ms. I finished one (Yay!) and revised that sucker and edited that sucker and didn’t […]

Bio #PitchWars #PimpMyBio

Bio #PitchWars #PimpMyBio

I’ve just entered Pitch Wars, which anyone visiting this blog probably already knows about. But for those who don’t … It’s a writing contest to end all writing contests. Non-agented authors submit their finished manuscript and query to a select group of “mentors” in the hope that one of them will choose theirs to sculpt […]

BWG Interview with Keaton Simons

BWG Interview with Keaton Simons

Interview by Cindy Donaghue. With a resume of performing for dignataries at the UN, acting in popular TV shows, collaborating with main-stream musicians like Jason Mraz,  Gnarls Barkley, Black Eyed Peas, and Coldplay, and even lending his image for an Xbox game, you’d think Keaton Simons would be one of those unapproachable artists who doesn’t […]

BWG Interview with Joshua Hyslop

BWG Interview with Joshua Hyslop

I only recently discovered Joshua Hyslop, and in fact even more recently featured him in a blog post where I shared a few of his music videos. I really love his new CD Where the Mountain Meets the Valley which you can stream in its entirety here and then of course purchase here. I was […]

Featured Artist: Joshua Hyslop

Featured Artist: Joshua Hyslop

Every few months I collect hundreds of songs from various free downloads I find and albums I buy and then I put the new songs on repeat in the background and see which ones stand out. Those songs get moved into a special folder of songs I don’t want to lose. I was making my […]

BWG Interview with Matt Duke

BWG Interview with Matt Duke

Everywhere Matt Duke performs, jaws have to be scraped off the floor from the shock and awe. Such was my experience, which you can read about here in the feature we ran on him last month. (Go on – you can listen to some of his music there too.) You may have pre-conceived ideas about […]

BWG Interview with Kris Orlowski

BWG Interview with Kris Orlowski

Kris Orlowski is a singer-songwriter from Seattle who recently graced us on the East Coast at the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch. I wasn’t familiar with Kris before this event, but one day I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and heard Kris perform. I […]

Featured Artist: Matt Duke

Featured Artist: Matt Duke

Only occasionally do I encounter one of those artists who hits me on every level – intellectually, emotionally, comically, melodically… The very first time I heard Matt Duke perform, I knew I had discovered a new favorite musician, but over time, I’ve come to realize that Matt is, to me, one of the rare genius […]

Featured Artist: Keaton Simons

Featured Artist: Keaton Simons

Keaton Simons is a sexy motherfucker, a hell of a musician, and a genuinely nice guy. My friends and I were lucky enough to hang out at Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch in OBX and listen to a bunch of wonderful artists perform several sets over a few days last week. Keaton was a definite […]