Patriotism and all That

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This week is always big for me – the first week in July holds both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4.)   As an American married to a Canadian, my hubs and I try to honor both sides of our history and cultures. For while I would say our countries are rather similar at the end of the day … Read More

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

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

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

How To Title Your Novel

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Or- How to Succeed at Titling Your Novel Without Dying. Maybe you are the kind of person who can both write and title your book effortlessly (if so, we are immediately suspicious.) I will say, we are not those kinds of people. When it came to titling our first book, the conversation went a lot like this: Over the course … 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

Celebrating the Milestones

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Hi friends, Happy Monday! We wanted to give you a head’s up that after some mad editing skills from Courtney (thanks, Courtney!) we have officially submitted our first manuscript to a few agents. We FaceTimed each other as we each hit send on our very first email submission and are excited about the agent list we curated. This morning I bought … 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