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Barbara Rogan Interview (repost)

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eposting an oldie today, an interview with Barbara Rogan:

I first met Barbara Rogan through the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (thank you, Diana Gabaldon), and then participated in her Revising Fiction Workshop, which helped me no end when I was trying to finalise the edits for Out of the Water. I'm hoping to submit a new piece to her soon for a 50-page critique!

Here's Barbara, first as an author, and then as an editor:

As an author...
Which is the most embarrassing song, book, movie or TV show that you love?

I watch those high-end real-estate reality shows, "Selling New York" and the like, which is pure voyeurism: seeing how the 1% live and imagining myself in those houses.


Which of your characters is most like you?

There's some of me in all of them, including (or especially) the villains. I do feel a great affinity with one character from my second book, Café Nevo: Emmanuel Yehoshua Sternholz a 72-year-old waiter in a Tel Aviv café. Sternholz is always th…

Summer Reads and Octopus Photos

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eed an octopus?

Who doesn't love gazing at undersea images?

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been exploring the Marianas Trench, including "bottomfish habitats, new hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, and seamounts, as well as subduction zone and trench areas. The geology of the Mariana region is incredibly complex and dynamic. Despite decades of previous work in the region, much of the Monument and surrounding areas remain unexplored.

"The three-leg 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition will help us identify and better understand new geological phenomena and habitats – such as extreme life living in the deepest oceanic trench on the planet, enormous mud volcanoes, active hydrothermal vents, chemosynthetic communities, and possibly deep-sea coral and sponge habitats..."

Lots of exciting things to see -- and some are available as desktop wallpapers! And Octopus Friday imag…

Bottled by Carol Riggs Blog Tour!

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ery excited to feature an excerpt today from Carol Riggs' new novel, Bottled.

Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and Who Is Frances Rain?

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appy Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

I was thinking for IWSG Day, that it's a good idea to allow ourselves to take a break once in a while -- and to not feel guilty when we do so!

In that spirit, and in honour of the 30th anniversary next year of the publication of Who Is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie, I'm reposting my interview with the author!

Visit Buffie's blog for more information about her books, as well as some gorgeous photography!



I'm very pleased to be hosting Margaret Buffie herself here today! I asked her all sorts of random questions and she obliged me...

On Writing

Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my second floor office in my home. The house was built in 1910, and I love to look out at the old elms along the street as I work and think about the history of my city. I also write at my lake cottage.

What do you need to help you write?

I start with a pencil and lined notebook for the first few chapters. Then I go to my…