For the Sake of the Story

- by Linda Barrett

With each book I write, I wonder why simple ideas to enrich the story always morph into complicated ones. For example, a brief mention of a lighthouse led me to learn about Fresnal lamps.  Using an apple orchard setting, I learned about fruit farmers, about renting bee hives for pollinating orchards, and about the seasonal […]

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Sophie and Benny – Role Models for Writers

- by Linda Barrett

My friend’s parents, Sophie and Benny, spent New Year’s Eve hosting a party that rocked their Florida condo. No hurricane needed. Their younger guests, a bunch of octogenarians, couldn’t keep up with them and went from the dance floor to the couch before midnight. Benny called them party poopers. He’s ninety-two. Sophie shook her head […]

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Cleaning the Office

- by Linda Barrett

After completing a particularly heavy revision, I finally banged out THE END on my latest manuscript, felt my body relax to the point where a massage would be redundant, and pushed my chair away from the computer. I needed a break. So, I started cleaning my office. Ten hours later, I would have paid a […]

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