And The Winner Is…

Who's watching and making predictions for the Oscars tonight? Since Little Women is the only nominated film I've seen (Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design), I can claim no rights to make any valid predictions. What I will be curious to hear is whether any discussion around the Best Picture nominee, 1917, includes talk of the…

Growing a Thick Skin

I've spent the past twenty years in sales, a career I never thought I'd be in when I began in marketing where creativity is balanced with strategic thought. In sales, success comes from an ability to think strategically to assess the best approach to use with a potential client. When a 15% close rate is…

2020 Double Vision

A new month, a new year, a new decade. Many exciting adventures lie ahead and I have huge hopes for this year on many fronts. Of course one of them is centered on securing an agent and bringing Eliza's story a few more steps closer to publication. As 2019 wrapped up, I sat and listened…

The Gift of Reading – 2019

How cute is this ornament?? I received this adorable stack of books from the Yankee Swap at my wonderful book club's annual holiday get-together. This year we tried a new format which included rolling a die and taking actions corresponding to a key code for the number. Hence, it was pure chance that I ended…

Merry Christmas

Celebrating the season with images of churches mentioned within Eliza's story. From Philadelphia to Ireland to Boston, Catholic and Episcopal churches in all their majesty. Can you look at St. Colman's and not think of Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth? If you haven't read that epic tome of building cathedrals in the 12th Century…

Turn Up the Volume

Daisy Jones and The Six available on Amazon - click here. A new genre has emerged over the last few years as a primary plot basis for movies, musicals and books: the biographies of musicians and groups from the 1970s.  Four years ago, my book club read Girls Like Us, the fascinating interwoven story of…

Finished!

I'm not ready to pop the champagne or pull out the Waterford crystal - hence the sparkling cider - but today marks the December day that will live in infamy for me. On December 1, 2019, I completed the final chapter of my first full manuscript of a historical fiction. This day has been a…

Research Fun

Nerd Alert! Hi, my name is Janis and I'm a sucker for researching interesting tidbits to add to my historical fiction work in progress (WIP). In fact, I enjoy it so much, I can get lost for hours if I allow myself into the rabbit hole of research. This past week I revisited Part I…