Squeamish about self-promotion as an author

When you get into publishing, regardless of whether my choice or circumstance, there are a lot of things nobody really prepares you for especially if you take the independent publishing, self-publishing or like me, the hybrid publishing road. Traditional publishing is a tough nut to crack and I have all but thrown in the towel... Continue Reading →

Those little golden nuggets!

It's not often that I grant an interview, and I this is the first time I have been interviewed as author and photographer, so I am grateful for the convergence of this dual identity. It's no secret that I lead a double life as writer and photographer, throwing in author on top of it all,... Continue Reading →

It’s not the length but the depth

Bigger is not better! OK folks, get your heads out of the gutter! I am not going down (oops) that path. Let's not talk about sex for a minute, and shift our focus on manuscripts. As author and writer active on social media, I joined several online groups for authors, initially to promote the book(s)... Continue Reading →

Time and Vision

It was almost 03:00 when I shot this, after having spent the night writing, plotting, outlining, and thinking. Someting struck me about tthe simplicity of the look and the statement of the elements - time and vision.  Time & Vision ©FrogDiva Photography When it comes to any form of writing, time is essential. A lot... Continue Reading →

Suspense Thriller meets Photography

Lockdown 2020 provided me the opportunity to explore portraiture photography in my makeshift home studio. It was a ten wonderful months of experimentation and learning, trying out new approaches and playing around initially with natural light and then moving up to studio lights. The former I love, the latter not so much. I'll take the... Continue Reading →

#authorandphotographer

When I first got involved with social media, I had in mind to maintain two distinct and separate identities: photographer and writer. Somewhere along the way, I realised that this was utter bullshit, because I am not just one or the other, but both. One fulfils the other, and both are integral parts of who... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Shadows

One of the most difficult things about being a writer is having to deal with all the publicity that comes with having to market your book, your image as an author, and exposing yourself to critics, hecklers and non-believers. Being a literary activist adds yet another dimension to this complex and complicated journey, because you... Continue Reading →

Unapologetically Marie

It took me years to understand the concept that suffering is pivotal to finding the core of an artistic soul. It seemed like too much of a cliche, the starving and suffering artist or writer who crawls through the darkest alleys of life in order to produce a masterpiece. My writing journey began in short... Continue Reading →

Little Thrills

Often times as authors, it is the little things that come our way that make all the difference. We are not in this writing business for the money - well, yes, partly, but the raison d'être for most of us is the passion to weave words together, tell a story, create an alternate world, stir... Continue Reading →

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