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Brandi Megan Granett is the author of My Intended, Cars and Other Things that get Around, and Floaters. When she is not writing or teaching or mothering, she is honing her archery skills. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Good Luck Cat: An Interview With Author Lissa Warren

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:40 PM

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Lissa Warren, author of The Good Luck Cat, shares her family's story to save Ting, the Korat cat her family adopted to keep her father company after he retired. Ting fast became her father's shadow. Shortly after losing her...

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Open Letter to Online Students

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:22 PM

You may be wondering why I am constantly emailing or texting you when you miss an assignment. There are many reasons why I do this, and it isn't because I like to nag. But first, I want to clear something up.

When you miss work, it doesn't make me mad....

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How Tanzy the Paraplegic Kitten Surprised Everyone

(16) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Meet Tanzanite, the paraplegic kitten.


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When Tanzy first came to Tabby's Place, no one knew whether or not she would survive the animal attack that left the day old kitten without the use of her...

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Hope, Friendship, and Intrigue: Nine Books to Keep You Company this Fall

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Books make great friends; they can pick you up when you are down, teach you something new, or transport you to another time and place. Whether you are looking for something to restore your faith in humanity, spend some time with friends, or be immersed in a world of mystery...

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Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Tammy Vreeland is an indie horror author living in Howell, New Jersey. Her first book, The Folks, was published in 2007, when she was 41. She credits her two sons as her motivation for writing and publishing. After moving to a new house in Elkhardt, Indiana, her son, Tyler, suddenly acquired imaginary friends that he called the Folks. During the next five years, some unusual things happened in the house that involved these new "friends." Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

When did you know you were a writer?

I always have to chuckle when asked this question. I can actually remember quite clearly the reason I started writing. I was an avid reader of horror. Any book I could get my hands on I could read in a day.

One day I was reading this poorly written book and I had to stop, I could not finish it. I had no desire to finish it and this was the first time ever I had not finished reading a book I had started. This bothered me because this book came from a well-known publisher.

I thought to myself, even I could write better than that! Therefore, I kept entertaining the idea and before I knew it, I forced myself to put my money where my mouth was. My earliest writing moments were being excited for the boys to come home from school, so I could read them the new pages I had written that day.

I have to admit I still write for my boys. I still get so anxious to know what they think of the story I have written. We have a bond of watching many horror movies in the past, and dissecting the movie on what could have made it better or more interesting. I am always curious to see if I have passed their test.

How do you write?

Many of my ideas actually come from my dreams. I have quite vivid dreams, often wake up in the middle of the night, and quickly write down what I have dreamed; sometimes my dreams re-occur and advance in the story.

Once I have written down the premise of my story, I create an outline that will help me advance in a time line towards my ending. I always know my ending first before I start to write. I use a rule of thumb of 30 chapters for a book, about 10 pages typed for each chapter.

My outline is very simple, I type out Chapter 1 to Chapter 30 leaving spaces in between. I then put my idea for my ending for Chapter 30. I go back to the top and write my idea of how I want to start the book. I then proceed to put an idea down for each chapter of where I want to be in the book at that chapter.

Mind you, these are not elaborate writings, sometimes I write one simple sentence. An example would be maybe in this chapter I want this character to meet this character. Or, it's been too long since there has been a killing so we need to kill something.

What is your publishing story?

At that time, being self-published was not the cool thing to do. However, I did not care; this story was for my family and me. I was very fortunate to find a reliable self-publishing company that walked me through the steps.

I have to say what an amazing feeling it was the first day I held my book in my hands. A creation that was all mine; then when I saw it for sell at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon, I was in shock. However, the day I saw my book listed at Towers on a Stephen King release and at the bottom it said, "If you liked this book you may like this book" and there listed was my book; I was in heaven! I promptly printed that puppy out and it is proudly on display in my office.

When it came time for my other books to be published I was so happy with the way things were I simply continued with the way I had published my first book.

Which authors do you admire and why?

I always love answering this question. My idol would be Mary Shelley the writer of Frankenstein. I admire that a woman in her era could write such a classic.

I also admire Peter Benchley most may not be familiar with the name until they hear the name of his book Jaws. For me Peter was able to capture the "fear factor." What does that mean? You cannot tell me that in one point of your life you have not thought about Jaws. Whether you are in the ocean, the lake, what have you? There is that fear he instilled in all of us.

I try to find a fear factor in all of my books. Let us take for example The Transporter of Souls. Pretty much all of us have owned a used car. Usually we are very happy to get the car because it is "new" to us. How often when we purchase the car do we think about the previous owner?

I wrote Transporter of Souls with the hope that one day when people go to buy a used car a slight chill comes over them and they think hey remember that book about used cars? I wonder if it is safe to buy this car...no different than is it safe to go back in the water?

What changed for you after 40?

I think the idea that now I am at the age to do what I want to do. My kids are grown. That fear of peer pressure, of will I be good enough, is replaced with I am good enough for me. As I get older, I realize that is enough.

What roadblocks or obstacles did you face?

The more books I write, the more I fear they will not be as good as the previous ones. Self-doubt can be a destructive thing. I find myself taking more time and re-doing parts of my story. However, I also find that my writing improves with each book. Realizing this gives me the courage to continue writing.

What are you most proud of in terms of your writing?

I am proud that I have written a book. That one day maybe a grandchild of mine will pick up one of my books and think wow my grandmother wrote this! I am very proud to say that all of my books are in libraries in three surrounding towns where I grew up. Plainfield, Mooresville and Monrovia.

This is a huge accomplishment to me since books were so important to me growing up. We did not have a library back then but simply a Bookmobile. Which I suppose was appropriate for me since I used those books to escape. Having my books available to read for others as a possible escape from everyday life events gives me the chance to give back what I was given.

How can we find your books?

There are three places you can find me:

http://www.facebook.com/tammyvreelandshorrorbooks

http://www.tammyvreelandsfanpage.com/index.html

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The Older I Get, the Less I Like Rules: An Interview With Author Cathy Lamb

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:05 AM

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Cathy Lamb, 47, is a women's fiction author. Her first novel, Julia's Chocolates, was published when she was 40, in 2007. All of her nine novels have been published by Kensington Publishing...

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Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview With Kathryn Craft

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:40 PM

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Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a 19 year career as a dance critic....

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6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:47 PM

At 23, as a shiny new MFA graduate, I stumbled upon Deborah Spark's, Twenty Under Thirty, an anthology that collected the early works of rising stars in contemporary fiction. From this book and the convoluted thinking of youth, I imagined a certain expiration date on writing...

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Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Thanks to the Internet and the rise in indie and self-publishing our choices of reading materials has skyrocketed; there are genres and niches for everyone's tastes and price points -- but as a reader looking outside the traditional publishing system, how do you know what book will really capture your...

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If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:04 PM

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I would write more if I could quit my day job. I would write more if I had a million dollars. I would write more if I had my own office. I would write more if I had some quiet time away from...

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How to Sleep Better, Together

(12) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 9:19 AM

One of the biggest complaints you will hear from people during the day is how tired they are. While lack of sleep can have many causes, sharing a bed with a partner is linked to a decreased ability to sleep well. But for many, sharing a bed is...

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How Limiting Beliefs Can Stop Shaping Your Thinking

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:22 AM

When the student is ready the teacher appears. As clichéd as that is, archery, my own personal yoga for type-A people practice, constantly creates a life lesson classroom for me.

This weekend was a lesson in trust. I have spent the last four months completing an almost Zen exercise in...

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Revising the Words That Hold Us Back: Should, Have to, Can't, and Never

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt me. Anyone on the receiving end of a bully's taunts knows for a fact that words can and do hurt. Insults, put-downs, backhanded compliments, jeers -- we all know the drill. One word from certain people in our...

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Kickstarting Your Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:30 PM

I've been suffering a Type A personality crisis of faith recently. I'm an archery geek. I love shooting. I love talking about bows. And arrows. And I used to love competing and had dreams of big things like the World Cup and the Olympics. But I don't any...

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Open Letter: It's Not the Sex I Worry About

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:58 PM

It's not the sex I worry about. Well I do, but not for the reasons you think. It is the heart I worry about and the brain. You learn alot about love and relationships in your first teen experiences. You learn things that stick with you for the rest of...

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Why I Watch Football

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 1:00 PM

44% of football fans are now women. I proudly count myself among this group. Recently, a friend of mine said, "I refuse to watch millionaires chase a ball around." So I tried to explain why I watch. I tried to how I fell in love with game the...

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Writing Despite Myself, Because of Myself

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Recently, in the spirit of the National Novel Writing Month movement, I assigned to myself the task of writing 500 words a day instead of the 1,666.66 words per day a person would need to reach 50,000 for NaNoWriMo's winner's circle. I wanted a more sustainable practice; I...

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Why Girls Like Jerks and What to Do to Finally Stop It

(73) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Maybe you have had this experience. Some guy you went to high school with contacts you on Facebook. You see now how handsome he is, his pretty wife and awesome dog. You remember liking talking to him a lot in school, but he never asked you out, and you never...

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Hands On: How to Extend the School Year and Create a More Powerful Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Year-round school is an idea that gets bandied about quite often. Discussion centers on closing the achievement gap and letting our school calendar move away from its agrarian past. When The Huffington Post put out a call for ideas on how to spark job creation and encourage training...

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Love, Forgiveness & Gratitude: Lessons From An Uninvited Guest

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 1:25 PM

Iyanla Vanzant said in an Oprah Lifeclass that you are never angry or upset for the reason you think you are. This lesson hit hard this week when I wasn't invited to a gathering of friends, and my ex was. At first, I was pissed. I thought about...

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