That time when my book was reviewed: 3 lessons learned

When I started The Secret Lives of Writers series, I was approached by Alex Kourvo from Writing Slices (check the comments at the bottom of this post) to see if I’d submit it for a book review. Of course, I was overjoyed that someone was keen to review it, and I submitted it when it was ready—with […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is The Jet-setting Copywriter—a global wilderness explorer and part-time digital nomad who pays for all his overseas adventures through freelance writing. Born in California, he now lives in Brisbane, Australia. Kevin’s passion is exploring wild, untouched rivers around the globe. He has ventured up pristine tributaries in the Guyana jungle, searched for Kermode bears […]

Free ebook to inspire you to win NaNoWriMo

Free to download during national novel writing month! As far as I am concerned—if you register and write—you win NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) even if you don’t make 50,000 words. No questions asked! And I say that because I know writing is one of the most difficult things anyone can do. Life—and all that that entails—often […]

Creative writing and secret lives

Writers write about creative writing Regular readers will know that over the last 18 months—yes, it’s been that long since it started!—I’ve been running a series by writers, for writers, on their approach to creative writing, with a special focus on how they fit writing into their busy lives. I am super pleased to announce that The Secret […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Melinda Kovac

Melinda Kovac is a writer of short stories, historical fiction, young adult novels and memoir who is working on her first novel. She has been blogging for a number of years, with her newest blog now at She also has her own copywriting, editing and proofreading business, MKK Communications, should you need any of […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Dorothy Distefano

Dorothy Distefano has loved to read since discovering the power of words at four-and-a-half years old with the book, “Ann Likes Red.” Moving to writing was a natural progression, though she took a circuitous route to get there. She has been, in no particular order, a wife, mother, psychiatric RN, gastroenterological nurse, substitute teacher, family […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Kristen Torgerson

Kristen Torgerson is a DIY-er at heart and can be found dreaming up her latest projects in Frisco, Texas with her sidekick mutt, Chewy Bear. Her favorite things include dark chocolate, long naps on the beach, and watching documentaries. Her first book, The Juice Junkie: Real Life Tips and Tricks for Juicing, shares the health benefits […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Cassie Newell

Cassie Newell dons her cape professionally in the pharmaceutical industry and in her spare time she is a blogger, an author of several short stories, and writes under the pen name, Mira Monroe. She is in the throes of editing her first young adult novel, Unwanted Magick, set to publish under her imprint eBook Me […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Tracy Tennant

Tracy Tennant is the mother of ten children. She blogs and podcasts on religion, family, food and adult ADHD, and is the author of two books (with more in the works). She loves writing and public speaking with a desire to touch people’s lives. Tracy has a BA in Communication, an AGS with emphasis in […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Aniko Carmean

Aniko Carmean is a Virginia girl living in Austin, Texas. She writes stories and novels in a variety of genres, including horror, science fiction, and literary-artsy. Her definition of success involves stickers, giving away free versions of everything she writes, and dwelling in the beauty of the literary community rather than the anxiety of selfish […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Karen Banes

Karen Banes is a writer, editor, indie author, wife, mother, truth seeker and trouble maker. She’s lived, worked and studied in five countries on three continents. She mainly writes non-fiction, dabbles in short fiction and dreams of writing a dystopian future novel. She loves connecting with other writers and indie authors and shares an awful […]

The Secret Lives of Writers – Libby Parker

Libby Parker is a teacher of English, Drama, Media Studies and life lessons, a qualified journalist who loves the arts, and a performer who dreams of an occasion to drop the mic. Libby lives in Adelaide with her husband, two gorgeous step-children and a high maintenance cat. You can find her at The Upside News. […]