The Writing Life

God Jul! An Outtake Offering

    Soon after ODIN’S PROMISE released, readers offered the kindest gift of all- a continuing interest in Mari and her family as the occupation of Norway continued. I had never intended to write a sequel, but I swallowed hard and dug into research, then writing. As I wrote about the ensuing four-plus years of… Read more »

More “Lost Darlings” from Early Efforts

It’s been fun to hear from folks who enjoyed reading  my prior post of “outtakes” from early efforts at my Norway trilogy. I dug into some of the other “rescued” chapters from various versions and found another to share. The characters from my prior post have undergone multiple rewrites before reaching this stage, and this… Read more »

Launching a New Category: Outtakes from Early Drafts

Having a single book published was a blessing and a surprise. That’s not for lack of trying. When i visit schools or speak to writing groups. one question I can count on is this:   How long did it take to write your book? My answer: Do you want the thirty-year version  or the six-week version? Finding… Read more »

Appreciating the Value of Canine Military Service

I featured two titles on my picture book blog: first, a recently-released nonfiction picture book, and  another from five years back, both starring a well-recognized canine hero from the First World War. Both profiled Stubby, a stray dog who adopted a a training unit of soldiers and joined them throughout their war experiences. When I… Read more »

Interview with Author and Writing Coach, Rochelle Melander

  For anyone who missed my detailed review of Rochelle Melander’s latest book in the previous post, click here. SB: Throughout reading LEVEL UP! I often noted how your astute advice and practical approaches are appropriate for adults, like me, and also adaptable for young writers. You are the founder of DREAM KEEPERS in Milwaukee… Read more »