Do you listen when people talk? I mean, do you hear their voice and can tell from their accent or dialect where they come from? Perhaps you try to suppress your own accent or dialect when speaking in public.
You think you don't have an accent? Just move to a different part of the country--or to a different country--and your accent will come out.
What happens when you're writing and you have a character and you want them to sound…Continue
I read many manuscripts where very little detail or description is given. I think many authors are (mistakenly) told that readers don't want too many details because they don't want to have things dictated to them. Readers want to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.
That's bunk. While too much detail and description can bog down the pace of a story, the reader still needs adequate description to frame the…Continue
NancyKay Sullivan Wessman is the author of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero. This week, she tells of her [REALITY CHECK], which is basically, what do you do after you have written your book?
Like Karl Malden used to ask: "What'll you do? What WILL you…Continue
Stephen King, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and Tom Clancy. Even if you’ve never read their work, you know that King writes horror, Rice writes paranormal (mostly vampires), Roberts writes romance, and Clancy writes espionage thrillers.
Despite the different genres, these authors all have something in common. They are brands—personal brands—and their names have become synonymous with what they write. You can do the same…Continue
My published works
Messalina - Devourer of Men erotic romance
"Cherries Jubilee" short story/erotic romance
"Devil Don't Want Her" short story/fiction
Making the Hook-Up (anthology) - My short story "Hung" is in this anthology (2010)
Her Baby's Daddy (novella) February 2011 by Freya's Bower. Royalties from this novella and the associated anthology (Dreams & Desires 4) go to A Window Between Worlds - the only national nonprofit dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence.
Oil and Water...and Other Things That Don't Mix - On sale now!
Help 2 charities dealing with the aftermath of the BP oil spill! This anthology came about because of the SheWrites Southern Writers group.