Debra Eve

How to Create a Three-Phase Writing Ritual

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Debra Eve. Literature abounds with the quirky things writers do to entice the muse. Victor Hugo wrote in the nude so he wouldn’t leave the house. Philip Pullman writes only in ballpoint pen on lined A4 paper with two holes in it. Maya Angelou checks into a hotel […]

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Susan Shankin: Crafting the Nonfiction Book Cover

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   What is your story about? In The Memoir Project, that’s the first question Marion Roach Smith asks beginning memoir writers. She often gets an answer that goes like this: “I grew up in the 1950s, a time of…” And she interrupts, because, “What they are telling me […]

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Cynthia Morris: Why Books Can Take So Long

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail inspired Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 last year. But Cheryl took her famous hike in 1995. Wild was a bestseller fifteen years in the making. David Guterson wrote Snow Falling on Cedars over […]

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Interview with Medieval Noir Author Jeri Westerson

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.  All writers lead double lives. They create worlds and cook dinner, slay monsters and do washloads, invent starships and stand in traffic, work their dreams, work a day job, and raise a family. Bram Stoker, PD James, and David Seidler all wrote on the side until they could […]

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Interview With Mystery Author Anne R. Allen

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve. According to Dame PD James, “Nothing that happens to a novelist is ever wasted.” Author Anne R. Allen is proof. Two of Anne’s novels play off episodes from her own life. One involves a Hollywood scandal and the other, her first publishing experience with an erotica publisher trying […]

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How to Slam Dunk Your 90-Second Pitch

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve. Former model August McLaughlin‘s high fashion memoir had morphed into a thriller. Now it was finished. She emailed queries and attended writers’ conferences. She met agents, but many didn’t represent her genre. Then ThrillerFest landed in New York City. She took a leap of faith and […]

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