5 Mistakes We Made While Writing

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We are, among other things, committed to honesty and vulnerability. We have made so many mistakes along our writing journey and are happy to share them with you here. Our hope is that you can learn from them so you don’t have to endure the same bumblings, and perhaps you can laugh a little too. So without further ado, and … Read More

A Few of My Favourite Modern Authors

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We do a lot of book reviews in this space, because we recognize the value in shouting other professionals in our craft. And because we read as much as we can to entertain ourselves, and also to grow in our craft. That being said, there are a few authors with whom I’d really love to sit down and grab a … Read More

Picking Up the Pieces

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And best of all, “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart.” – Colum McCann I hear you, Colum, I hear you. Or as my man C.S. said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping … Read More

Small Great Things//Book Review

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I just found out that one of my most recent reads, Small Great Things, is destined for the big screen. Yes, yes, I’m a little behind on the news. Anyway, it’s starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts, so let’s all be excited. (If you listen to the Lindsay half of us, you should always watch the movie before you read … Read More

How to Find My Writing Inspiration

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I’ll only speak for myself here, but there are a few things I believe bring out the best in my writing self. On this sunny Monday, I’ll share a few of them with you. 1. Silence. I can’t write with music or noise at all. 2. Location. I hear I’m not supposed to bring my work to my bedroom, but I … Read More

“Oprah Called”

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I’ll say this casually to my husband the day it happens. I’ll spend hours practicing my nonchalant expression in the mirror so that when I deliver this auspicious news at the dinner table, it will seem incidental. I have a sneaking suspicion that Oprah and Ellen talk to far fewer authors than we’re giving them credit for, but believing they’ll want … Read More

The Hating Game//Book Review

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I know we’re supposed to be writing (and we are, promise), but we also read as much as we can to keep up the inspiration. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is probably the sexiest book I’ve ever read. Let me be clear that  I don’t read ‘sexy’ books as a general rule of thumb. Straight romances are not my … Read More

Meet Layne James

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The first thing you should know about me is that I’m from Kentucky, the second is that even though my state is famous for it, I don’t like bourbon. The third is that I’m trying really hard to like gin because one of my writer friends told me that “legit writers always drink gin.” For as long as I can … Read More

8 Rules for Writing

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You know, now that we’ve written two books, we are officially experts on writing (teaching, photography, fashion, decorating, anything else you can think of, really.) And we’d love to share with you some things we’ve learned along the writing journey, specifically “writing tips.”  So happy Monday from our hearts to yours, we hope some of the below information helps you … Read More

In Search of the Perfect First Line

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Hi friends! It’s official, we are “done” with our first book, and while we wait for feedback from our beta readers on our second book, we’ll be submitting Remember Us to a number of agents. Please cross all your fingers and all your toes with us. That being said, now that we got to The End, we went back to … Read More