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Martha O’Sullivan and her New Release

Martha O’Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing her own books is the realization of a lifelong dream. She is a graduate of Illinois State University where she wrote for the school newspaper and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also a former Acquisitions Editor at MacMillan Computer Publishing. Martha writes contemporary romances with traditional couples and happy endings. Her Chances Trilogy is available at digital retailers everywhere. Her current work in progress is Christmas in Tahoe. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Florida with her husband and two daughters. Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?  Martha: I write what I love to read, contemporary romance with happily-ever-after endings. Some of the best writing advice I’ve ever gotten was write what you know. Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer? Martha: I don’t know that it was a conscious decision. It was always in the back of my mind, but I was busy with life, my family. I’m not sure what happened that April night ten years ago, but I just started writing and couldn’t stop. My favorite author will come as no surprise—Nora Roberts. My first romance novel was Heartbeat by Danielle Steel.  I read it, and many of her early books, many times!  Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing? Martha: Reading. Right now I’m reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book ...
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Marketing – Is It or Isn’t It?

A few years ago I attended a workshop at RWA with author, Bob Mayer. One of the things he said was if you’re self-publishing don’t even think about marketing until you have at least three books published, four or five, even better. I thought this made sense and marketing scared ...
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Crime Scene Forensics for Writers and Readers.

I’m continuing on with the workshop on Forensics for Writers. There was so much information ion that workshop and hopefully it might be of interest. For security the crime scene should be roped off; the larger the area the better. Establish an area for the media away from the scene ...
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Beginnings, Endings and Sagging Middles

It’s that time for another group blog. This month’s topic is ‘How do you ensure a story has a good beginning, a satisfying ending, and good continuity in between?” It’s a great topic, but my first thought was, if I knew that I’d be a NY Times best seller. But ...
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Meet Michael D. Smith and CommWealth

Michael D. Smith was raised in the Northeast and the Chicago area, before moving to Texas to attend Rice University, where he began developing as a writer and visual artist.  In addition to exhibiting and selling paintings and drawings, he’s completed fifteen novels. Smith’s writing in both mainstream and science ...
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