Author Archive | Amie

Guest Post: Research and the Imposter Monster by Elle Cosimano

You’re a writer. So why is it so hard to say it out loud? Why is it that every new person who walks through the door of my local writers’ group introduces herself, and then immediately disqualifies her attendance by adding, “But I’m not really a writer”? Some refer to it as the Imposter Monster, and it took a big nasty bite out of my confidence early in my writing journey. Hell, it still does […]

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Guest Post: Creating an Authentic Historical Atmosphere with Elizabeth May

One of the most challenging aspects of writing historical fiction is building a believable atmosphere that resonates with contemporary readers. What many people don’t realize is that the farther back a book’s historical period goes, the more you might have the same difficulties a fantasy author might: worldbuilding and authenticity – only with the added pressure of being constrained by historical social rules and events. So here are some tips that might help get you […]

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Guest Post: From Psychologist to Published Author with Kristi Helvig

One of the things authors are frequently asked is if they’ve always wanted to be a writer. I feel a little guilty when I see people affirm that yes, as soon as they were able to hold a crayon, they were scribbling the toddler equivalent of Dostoyevsky. What I really wanted to be was either a nun or an NFL quarterback. For a host of reasons, those professions were sadly never in the cards for […]

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Guest Post: Enjoy the Ride with Matt Myklusch

Like most authors out there, I did a lot of other jobs before I got any work as a writer. I’ve been lucky, because most of those jobs were pretty cool and interesting. Out of college, I worked briefly in the publicity department for Walt Disney Pictures. (My last day there was the NY premiere of the animated film, Tarzan). After that, I worked in the promotions department for Columbia Pictures. I even worked at […]

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Guest Post: Switching Gears with Karen Akins

When Amie invited me to contribute this guest post, my first question was, “Is there a particular topic you’d like me to write about?” She said it could be anything publishing-related…maybe the challenges of writing time travel. Which makes sense. The first book in my time travel duology, Loop is already out in the world, and its sequel Twist releases on April 7th. I began writing Loop in 2010. It’s 2015. That’s five years of writing time travel. That’s […]

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