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Yep, you read that right, depression can be your friend.  Why do I say that when everyone knows depression is extremely tough to deal with and sometimes can even prove to be lethal?  Because it was a bout of depression I suffered after being diagnosed with MS that finally made me get serious about writing.  My life hasn’t been the same since that happened and according to schuyler kaufman, the latest author interviewed on the Dames of Dialogue, it was depression after her divorce that got her writing too.

So, yes,depression can be your friend but chances are, if it is, you won’t understand that until long after your new pal has packed up and moved out of your life.  It’s sneaky that way.

Check out schuyler’s fascinating interview on the Dames of Dialogue blog and don’t forget to leave a comment!

with the latest Dames’ Dozen.  Denise Dietz, author of the Diet Club Mystery series is in the spotlight today on the Dames of Dialogue blog.  Her answers, not to mention the titles of her books, will put a smile on your face and give you some insight into what makes this fascinating woman tick.  Throw in a few promotion tips for authors and a romance that will warm your heart, and you have a highly entertaining and informative interview.

So instead of strangling a loaf of Italian bread or beating up a cookie or even chaining a lamb chop to the bed, hop on over to the Dames of Dialogue blog and check out her interview.  You’ll be glad you did and it just might save the life of a cheesecake!

Series?  Stand-alones?  What’s your preference?  Multi-published author Vicki Delany writes both.  Find out which she fancies when she answers the Dames’ Dozen on the Dames of Dialogue blog. 
Check it out and don’t forget to leave a comment!

DoDsmallSummer’s heating up and so are the Dames of Dialogue.  We’ve added two new Dames–more on them later–and a new feature, Friday Favorites.  Starting in August, you’ll get a post every Friday about one of our favorite things.  Should be a lot of fun and you can find the schedule under the Friday Favorite page onthe Dames of Dialogue blog.  We’ll also be giving out the Dames’ Kiss of Approval.  So tune in on Fridays and see what makes the Dames pucker up!

Now, for the newest Dames.  First, we have Betty Dravis, a multi-published fiction author, and co-author with Chase Von of Dream Reachers, a nonfiction look at people who dared to reach for their personal dream.  Second, we have Laurel-Rain Snow, another multi-published ficiton author.  To read more about either of the new Dames, just click on their names and read their author pages.

If you do, you might notice that both of the new Dames live in California.  Yep, with the summer heat and humidity here in the South, the Dames have been indulging in a little bit of California Dreamin’.  Seems I also remember something about “it never rains in California.”  With all the rain we’ve had this year and now the frequent thunderstorms, I could really go for that!

We’ve got a real treat for you today on the Dames of Dialogue blog, another double-whammy, you might say.  Judith Geary, author of Getorix, the Eagle and the Bull, who also runs a free-lance editing service gives us a peek into her writing world.  Great tips on what an editor does, what an author shouldn’t do, and how she merges both of these roles together.

Check it out and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Today’s Dames’ Dozen spotlight lands on publishing consultant Shelley Leiber, author of the 4Ps to Publishing Success.   Lots of helpful tips and information in this one so hop on over and give your marketing side a boost!

As always, any comments are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Yep, another author interview on the Dames of Dialogue blog.  This week it’s Cindy Cadelo, author of the contemporary fiction novel, The Legacy.  Find out what Ms. Cadelo is up to and what makes her tick when she answers the Dames’ Dozen.  I don’t know about you, but I love the title of her WIP, When Angels Blink.  Sounds very intriguing!

So, hop on over and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Snuggle up with cozy mystery author, Jackie Griffey, and find out what’s going on with her Merrivale series, her exciting new contract, and how she handles the frustration of being an “eyelash above computer illiterate.”  Hmm…sounds like me, except she may be just a tad bit nicer about it than I am!

Ms. Griffey answers the Dames’ Dozen today on the Dames of Dialogue blog so hop on over and–yeah, yeah, I know, you’ve heard it before–don’t forget to leave a comment!

Hop on over to the Dames of Dialogue blog and meet our newest Dame, Betty Dravis! Miss Betty answers the Dames’ Dozen and offers a fascinating look into the life of a California chick who swings both ways…

Get your mind out of the gutter, I meant she writes both fiction and nonfiction!

Okay, you know the drill, but I’ll remind you anyway; don’t forget to leave a comment!

Taking a break from editing Storm Shadows for what I hope will be the last time before I send it in to my publishers.  I’m down to the last 20 pages–which need a little bit of revising but, hopefully, not as much as the first 220 pages!–then after that it’s only a matter of a few format changes and I’ll be finished.  Whew and thank goodness! 

Meanwhile, I’ve also posted the next interview on our Dames of Dialogue blog.  This one is with Carola Dunn, the prolific author of the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series.  Ms. Dunn just released her 50th book, Manna in Hades.manna2 

50 books?  Yikes!  That is, to say the least, inspirational.  And okay, it’s also a little intimidating.  If I submitted every WIP I have on my computer right now–both the finished and unfinished ones, and trust me on this, there are quite a few–and they were accepted then published, I would still have only a fraction of the work Ms. Dunn has under her belt.  50 books?  I can’t even imagine.  But it does give me something to shoot for!

Okay, back to polishing Storm.  Please join us on the Dames of Dialogue blog today as Carola Dunn–author of 50 books!–answers the Dames’ Dozen.  It’s a fascinating interview and who knows, maybe you’ll come away totally inspired–like I did. 

Oh and as always, any and all comments are welcome!

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

Winds of Fate

Storm Shadows

Snow Shadows

PMS Anthology

Romance of My Dreams