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Summertime, and the Reading is Easy

Memorial Day is behind us, the summer season is here, and that set me to thinking about the origins of my verse novel Kaleidoscope Eyes.  While I would like to think all my books would be great for summertime reading, “Kal Eyes” is the one that could definitely be labeled a summertime story. Long before

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Jersey Girl

I truly enjoy writing about poets and artists. I’m also an author who is very inspired by PLACE. So of course, as a Jersey girl, one of my favorite books is A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams. Born in 1883 near Rutherford, New Jersey, Willie’s parents met in Puerto Rico. His

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Reading Georgia's Bones, Cadets at West Point

You, the reader

You, the reader, complete the writing process. What begins as a vague notion in the writer’s mind, pushes outward into notes, outlines, character sketches—progressing to paragraphs, dialogue, rough chapters, and finally a full manuscript . . . which then passes through weeks and months of scrutiny from editors, designers, proofreaders . . . until (at

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stack of papers

The mess, the madness

“We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have.Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task.The rest is the madness of art.”  —Henry James I’m in the process of gathering rough drafts, editors’ letters, research and other materials for my poems, novels, and picture books, putting them in

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Jen writing in her car

One writer’s (rolling) room of her own

Ahhhh, Spring. In the absence of any true winter, you’d think I’d be less anxious for birdsong, green grass, and the long-awaited flowering of the trees. But I found I was just as impatient as ever. One reason, I think, is that I write best while sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, windows

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