The Author Life

Lessons, challenges, and observations for those pursuing the writing craft and business

Rocking Your Reading

If you want to know how it sounds, you’ve got to read your stuff out loud. Reading your work in front of a live audience can be nerve-wracking, but absolutely nothing helps you understand syntax, inflection, and pacing better than oral reading.

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The Lowdown on Getting It Down

If you want to be down with writing, you’ve got to write it down. Today, I’m going to share with you my process for drafting a manuscript.  In other words, what  I DO to get that story out of my head and into a form that will one day become a book! 

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Book Chat in Fairhope Alabama

Rocky met with the lively ladies of Book Chat on a shaded veranda overlooking Mobile Bay to talk about A Gathering Misery. As ice-cold drinks were served, the interactive discussion revolved around the creative process and the use of family heirlooms as scaffolding for both plot development and character arcs in Southern Literature.

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