Archive for the 'Guest Post' Category

Guest Post: Illustrating The Story Circle by Wendy Martin

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

I’m excited to have a special feature today! Illustrator Wendy Martin is here to share a behind-the-scenes look at the process of illustrating her new book, The Story Circle. Enjoy! On June 1st I shared my art creation process for a single image on Smiling Otis Studios’ blog. Today I’ll show you the big picture of… Read more »

What If? Or Re-Imagining the Classics with Michelle Ray

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

I’m excited to welcome author Michelle Ray whose first novel, Falling for Hamlet, was the inspiration behind the E! television show The Royals. How cool is that? Michelle has just released a brand new retelling, this one of Macbeth, and she’s here to talk about how she finds her own modern spin on classic stories. What If? by… Read more »

WRITING STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS (OR AS I LIKE TO CALL THEM, FEMALE CHARACTERS) by Jeannie Mobley

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I’m excited to feature a guest post today by my agency mate, Jeannie Mobley, who is one of the sweetest and funniest authors I know. Her newest book, Searching for Silverheels, just released last week! Here is Jeannie’s advice on creating strong female characters in historical fiction. When Anna asked me to drop by and… Read more »

Books Give Us a Common Language

Monday, January 27th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I think hearing people literally cheer for books is just about the best thing ever. As I was watching the ALA awards online this morning, hearing people actually scream when winners were announced, I couldn’t stop smiling. Yes, it’s nice to find out which books won and to hear… Read more »

3 Reasons I Finish Reading a “Bad” Book

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

[It’s “Anna Staniszewski Week” over at Fresh as a Daisy! (Can you hear my head getting bigger?) Today, swing by for my guest post on the lessons I learned from writing a sequel.] I tend to be pretty impatient with books these days, probably because my reading list keeps growing at an alarming rate. If… Read more »

Total EMLA Takeover: Daisy Carter

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I’m still in the revision cave, so I’ve asked my fellow Erin Murphy Literary Agency folks to help entertain you guys while I’m gone. Please welcome Daisy Carter who is here to show us how a synopsis can help diagnose story problems (and to reveal my imaginary fear of the color blue). Ode To A Synopsis… Read more »

Total EMLA Takeover: Kristin Nitz

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I’m hidden away in the revision cave, but I’ve asked my fellow Erin Murphy Literary Agency folks to help entertain you guys while I’m gone. So today, please welcome Kristin Wolden Nitz who reminds us to write what we care about. Achieving Verisimilitude: The Appearance of Being True Verisimilitude is a lovely six-syllable word that… Read more »

Total EMLA Takeover: Graham Bradley

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

I’m hidden away in the revision cave, but I’ve asked my fellow Erin Murphy Literary Agency folks to help entertain you guys over the coming weeks. So today, welcome Graham Bradley who is here with a reminder to not write crap! DO WHAT IS HARD, ACHIEVE WHAT IS GREAT I feel comfortable in saying that… Read more »

Total EMLA Takeover: Michelle Ray

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I’m hidden away in the revision cave, but I’ve asked my fellow Erin Murphy Literary Agency folks to help entertain you guys over the coming weeks. So today, welcome Michelle Ray, who’s here to give us permission to cut cut cut! Cutting Ruthlessly (Like Hamlet Through That Curtain-thingy) I recently decided to turn a historical… Read more »

Total EMLA Takeover: Melodie Wright

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’m hidden away in the revision cave, but I’ve asked my fellow Erin Murphy Literary Agency folks to help entertain you guys over the coming weeks. So today, welcome Melodie Wright, who’s going to tell us how fishing and publishing are strangely alike.  Landing the Big One Here in Alaska, it’s fishing season. The waters… Read more »