September 9, 2020

“What did you do in your past life?”

As president of my golf club, I always ask this question of a new member the first time I have the chance to golf with her. Some would say my query and her answer are less important than considering her at face value, the human being...

August 5, 2020

If you haven’t struggled through the ordeal of writing an obituary for a family member or friend, then you are either very young or extremely lucky.

Many of us have felt relatively relaxed and smug as we advance beyond our 60’s, thinking we’ll live to be 100…until the ‘...

June 5, 2020

I wonder how many self-employed authors signed up for the C.A.R.E.S. Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (1099-workers) along with 30 million Americans? We and the IRS call writers small businesses ‘owners,’ and many freelancers depend on book royalties to feed themse...

May 9, 2020

Winning matters.

Validation motivates me to write more, take risks with my prose, and reach for higher goals as an author. So, thank God for InD’Tale and the RONE awards!

Eight years ago, a chance meeting in an airport with the warm, charming, and energetic T.J. McKay,...

April 7, 2020

A Friday the 13th Mystery in 13 days of plotting with 70 non-writer friends, followed by 13 days of drafting all by myself…my strategy against the ‘Rona virus

By Rolynn Anderson

(Readers: Please scroll to the bottom and track my e-mail messages from #1-#13!)


Thank you...

March 21, 2020

Writers use comparisons to help readers revisit or understand unique life experiences.

Here are eleven comparative devices we know best, geared to our troubled times:

  1. Metaphor: COVID genomes are lethal ping-pong balls of contagion

  2. Simile (with personificat...

February 7, 2020

A novel is preternaturally neutral. It has no feelings though it is full of emotions; it does not judge the person who decides to open its pages.

The reader’s status in society, gender, heritage, handicap, age, IQ, attitude, aptitude, height, weight, and health, do not...

January 15, 2020

Wishes and Dreams: If Only You Had Known…

I attended a gigantic conference back in 2014 after I’d published a couple of books through Wild Rose Press. At an auction, I won an hour of time with Cherry Adair, a multi-published author who writes in my genre. One bit of adv...

December 9, 2019

I’m developing a conference proposal centered on being a writer/marketer of a ‘certain age.’ Now, I’ve been writing for twenty years, but I only started this journey when I was fifty-two. You do the math. Bottom line: I’m a Boomer. I’m being told I’m not OK.

Confused ab...

October 3, 2019

She’s all alone. She’s on her own.

Do these phrases frighten you

or energize you?

Those of us who write mystery/suspense novels often place our characters in settings that challenge them, push them, pull them…to survive.

In my new release, When Mountains Fall, I present C...

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