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write from herewith permission of Jane L Ray
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Write from Here

I write from here in southern New Mexico (neither new nor Mexico, as they say around here) about characters in a made up town on the west coast of the United States. I’m calling the location southern Oregon.   How do I write…
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Face to Face

Coming Face to Face with Your(My)self You may not expect to come face to face with yourself when writing fiction. After all, it is fiction. Though some writers may not come face to face with themselves, I’ve come to learn many do, and I’m…
Search Is On
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Search Is On!

The Search Is On! The search is on for the right agent and publisher to bring young Georgie Jones, her mentor Luther Andersen, and their friends and family to the world! On behalf of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel (as in lighthouse),…
Character origins
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Character Origins – More Revealed

Greenhouse Memory I’ve learned more origin info about my characters since my last post. My mom and paternal aunt independently corroborated history of the greenhouse I remember as a child. It actually belonged to my grandmother’s sister-in-law,…
Real Life Luthers
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Real Life Luthers

The Missouri Luther A man called Luther was a friend and helpmate of my grandparents in a little town in southwest Missouri. I met him while visiting them as a very young child. I’m not sure how I actually remember Luther, but he made a big…
Getting Personal
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Getting Personal

The instructors, Reid Tracy and Cheryl Richardson, told us in the Hay House workshop (ref my December 5, 2017 post) we need to get personal, to let people get to know us. I am convinced I heard the collective, internal groans from the writers…
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Carriage House – Both Workshop and Garage

Back in the day, people rode in carriages instead of automobiles and parked them in carriage houses. The original carriage house on the novel’s fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel estate was quite large. Luther Andersen eventually…
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Maria Elena

Like everything and everyone else in the story, we see Maria Elena through the eyes of Luther or Georgie. From Georgie’s perspective, Maria Elena is Josefina’s mom and a most excellent cook. She is keeper of the greenhouse and plant…
Georgie, Josefina and Shaw
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Georgie, Josefina & Shawn - BFFs

Georgie Jones meets her new BFFs Josefina and Shawn on the school bus. It is her first day as a freshman at Mystic Creek High School. Josefina somehow knows who Georgie is, and offers to show her around school. The two girls and Shawn end up…
Young Adult Fiction Author Tanya D Dawson on her way to the Scottsdale Weekend Workshop
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Hay House Brings It

  The Scottsdale weekend workshop is over. I gotta say Hay House brings it when they put on a course. One of, or maybe the best part is meeting the many intuitive, talented and enthusiastic writers, artists, and entrepreneurs up close…