Meet 2017 Golden Heart Finalist Emily Sullivan!

Today we’re welcoming the second of our fabulous Rebelle guests, 2017 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance, Emily Sullivan! Emily lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her pizza man boyfriend and works as a college-level writing instructor and tutor. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is very slowly learning to play the piano. Her […]

Decoupage Swag & More!

Conference season is coming! On top of the swag, bookmarks and business cards I like to bring, I take notes on a decoupaged clip board/notebook holder. It is fun to make and shows my covers (although now I have to update it since I’ve just had a few more books come out – yay!).   […]

Romantic Suspense

In Romantic Suspense there are two distinct stories. The suspense and the romance. RWA defines romantic suspense as a romance novel in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. You need a strong suspense story and a strong romance. Then you weave the two together perfectly. Today I’m only going […]

The Drips and Drabs Add Up

As I sit here writing this, I’m on a train headed back home at the end of a weekend. The ride is short enough not to be a drag but long enough I can actually get a few things done and it’s with that in mind that I’m writing this blog post. I’m hoping to […]

Meet 2017 Golden Heart Finalist Laurel Kerr!

Today we’re continuing one of our favorite Ruby Traditions and welcoming the first of our special guests from the Golden Heart Finalist class of 2017!! Most years we have to wait a few weeks while the group struggles and frets and sometimes outright battles over finding the perfect name for themselves, but this year we […]

Character: The Heart of Great Story

Good stories are all about great characters, and great characters take work. Some writers develop characters through discovery/rough drafts while others create character notebooks with detailed charts, photos, interviews, etc. Regardless of your approach to character development, here’s a fun and simple technique to help you write rich, complex, and compelling characters — Persona Poems. […]

Mother’s Day the Minnesota Way…AND FREE KINDLE E-BOOK!

Here in Minnesota, the walleye is our favorite freshwater fish. It’s considered such a delicacy that, regardless of temperature, the first day of walleye fishing season lures thousands of Minnesota anglers to their favorite lakes and fishing holes, trying to catch their limit. There’s good news and bad news. The good news? 100% ice out! […]

Quick. What’s Your Story About?

With Nationals only ten weeks away, I thought I might address the subject of loglines and blurbs. (Ten week is not long. Trust me, especially during summer and when the kids are out of school.) Now is the time to think about them, so you can brand the log lines in your thoughts. You can even practice […]

Writing Emotion:

This is a reprise of a post from December 2010, but hopefully it’s as relevant now as it was then: ********************* You hear it everywhere: readers want books that evoke deep emotion. It’s not surprising, given the tough times we’re in, that readers want to be swept up in strong feeling—feeling so authentic and substantial […]

Dictating Fiction

I love to knit, but knitting doesn’t love me. About a year ago, I developed something known as “knitter’s elbow,” which is basically the same kind of tendonitis one gets from playing too much tennis or golf. Unfortunately, elbow tendonitis makes it painful to spend hours using a keyboard or a mouse. What’s a writer […]

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  • Susannah Erwin: What a fascinating time period you chose. Can’t wait to read it when it is published! My tip...
  • Emily Sullivan: Thank you Pamela!
  • Kate Parker: That is so cute. Heather and Shelley should get the girls making these for the all-thumbs writers. Good...
  • Pamela Ferguson: I love the Victorian era! You novel sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading it when it gets...
  • Shelley Coriell: What a fun project, Heather! I could see doing something like this at the writing workshops I give...