Changing the Direction of My Publication Goal by PortiaLily Taylor

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” ― Zig Ziglar Although my professional life involved writing legal documents, policy-based materials, and academic curriculum, I always aspired to write fiction. To support that interest, I took creative writing classes, joined writing groups, and read… Continue reading Changing the Direction of My Publication Goal by PortiaLily Taylor

Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

“Life is more than one genre.” – Juliette Power The inspirational author Juliette Power has lived a life that one could say encompasses many “genres.” She could be labeled with one or all of them – high school dropout, teen runaway, child of suicide, factory worker, world traveler, memoir writer, seer of angels. She can’t… Continue reading Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” -- Orson Welles After many hours of worry and rewriting, I finally finished the first draft of my middle reader novel, Sarah Finn. Much of the anxiety and editing involved in coming to that milestone regarded whether or not… Continue reading Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?