Category Archives: Sally Carpenter

Keep moving forward

For me, the hardest part of writing a book is getting starting. Thinking about cranking out over 50,000 golden words of terrific prose is daunting. There’s the fear of “How can I top my last book?” and “Can I come … Continue reading

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Acquired tastes

By Sally Carpenter Why do people like different types of literature? Writers have been wrestling with that question since the first authors tried to earn a living with their work. Why are some books best sellers and other titles flounder? … Continue reading

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It Couldn’t Happen Here

By Sally Carpenter For this post I’m going to forgo fiction for true crime. Every week, it seems, another city is ravaged by a mass shooting. It’s easy from the security of ones own home to say, “How tragic, but … Continue reading

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A Dickens of a tale by Sally Carpenter

Although we’re past the Christmas season, every writer should watch the movie “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” It’s the perfect examination of a writer’s life. The title is a misnomer. Charles Dickens didn’t invent Christmas. He only revitalized interest in … Continue reading

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Writing in the new year

By Sally Carpenter In the Ladies of Mystery rotation, my post is always the first one each month, which means I get to kick off the new year. I’ve made my 2019 writing resolutions. First off, I have a 90-minute … Continue reading

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What a character!

by Sally Carpenter I recently began rewatching an old favorite TV show from the 1970s, “Alias Smith and Jones,” about two bank robbers in the Old West who decide to go straight. This time around I noticed that much of … Continue reading

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What’s an author to do?

By Sally Carpenter New authors looking for publishers now have two less options. Last month Oak Tree Press, an independent publisher of novels in various genres, closed its doors. That came as no surprise. Some years ago the publisher had … Continue reading

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