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How writing a book can take over your life…

It was way back in 2010 that I had the idea of writing a book based on my family history research. I’d never done any creative writing before and had never imagined being an author, but I had a story … Continue reading

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Author Interview

A link to an author interview I gave this week: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2018/03/16/guest-author-interview-v-l-mcbeath/

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From Story to Book: Nearly There!

When I made the decision to write a book out of my family history research, I literally had no idea what I was doing. Not about writing fiction, not about Victorian-era England, nothing. All I knew was that I had … Continue reading

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A Center Stage Moment

A recent interview I’ve given about my life and inspirations as an author … http://authorsfbenson.com/2017/11/29/a-center-stage-moment-with-v-l-mcbeath/

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Why I wrote a book

I didn’t set out to be an author. The fact is, when the idea of writing a novel kept nudging itself into my mind, I did everything I could to resist it. I am a scientist by training, and creative … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 3)

This article concludes the series discussing: 12 Tips for Searching the Internet. Part 1 discusses points 1-5 and Part 2 covers 6-8. Today we continue with number nine: 9) Don’t stick to stereotypes When researching, as in writing, stereotypes can either be … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 2)

This post continues the series: 12 Tips for Searching the Internet. Part 1 covers points 1-5; Part 3 covers tips 9-12. 6) Be specific When you type in your search terms, sometimes you get results you didn’t expect.  This can often … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 1)

Are you old enough to remember life before the World Wide Web? While I’ve been writing and researching my book I’ve often wondered how authors of the twentieth century (and before) managed with the limited resources available to them. Libraries … Continue reading

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Write What You Know?

I’ve often come across the phrase Write What You Know. I think it’s meant to help, but while it may make life easier I don’t actually believe it’s necessary. I’m glad I hadn’t heard the advice before I started writing otherwise it would … Continue reading

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