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How To Find Your Voice (For Writers)

Back in 2016, when I sent the first completed draft of The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride to my agent at the time, she said the words I’d been waiting more than a decade and a half to hear: “You’ve found your sweet spot.” She meant a couple things by that. First, she meant I had discovered the kind of story I like to write, and what I would write from then on. Stories of loss and redemption. Stories that illicit an emotional response from the reader. Not crime fiction or science fiction or romance, but what one reviewer called “tissue fiction.” But more

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The Pressure of the Follow-Up

For seventeen years, all I wanted was to be a published author. I had dreams of selling thousands of copies, winning awards, and reading reviews from people who really connected with my story. Finally, with The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride, those things came to fruition. It’s been an interesting ride. A fun ride, at times. Stressful at others. I’ve learned that the sales and awards are nice, but can’t hold a candle to that feeling I get when someone I’ve never met stumbles upon my book, or even better, has it recommended to them, and leaves a review about how it has inspired them

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