That One Time I Recovered From My Writers Conference (With Scooby Snacks and a Wheelchair)

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Note: This post is about four times longer than my usual. I hope you’ll read through it. I almost quit writing this week. Almost. Here’s how I didn’t.

First: Why did I almost quit writing? Simple answer: Life. Complicated answer: Life is complicated. I’m in my element at Blue Ridge. Extroverting on coffee on steroids. Learning. Sharing. Laughing. Writing. But this year there were many outside factors drawing my attentions and I had a hard time focusing on being in the moment. I am thrilled ecstatic exhaling and ready to get back to it. Thanks … read the rest. . .

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Firsts in Fiction Special: Steven James

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

The FiF Team is at it again, folks. You won’t want to miss tomorrow’s live podcast episode as we continue our discussion on genres. This week, we’re talking mystery/police procedural, with very special guest Steven James.

Steven is a national best selling author of over thirty books including fiction and nonfiction. His Bowers Files series has been called “nailbiting,” and “psychological thrillers.”

He’s also a very talented public speaker.

I met Steven at my first Blue Ridge Conference. Anyone who has taken his classes walks away with more than information and guidance. He … read the rest. . .

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REVIEW: Heart’s Song by Aaron Gansky and Kaye Morrison

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Okay. If y’all missed the podcast last night, or any online banter between myself and the faux bro, I’m here to tell ya,


Okay, not him, really. This story. This modern-day rock romance between Geoff Morris and Emily Amhearst that’s played out via emails and text messages and phone transcripts and journal entries. What an amazing way to tell a story. What an amazing story to tell!

Written by Aaron Gansky and Kaye Morrison (Cindy Sproles), this is edge-of-your-seat action and emotion.

Now, full disclosure, I haven’t read the … read the rest. . .

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Five Things Friday: Frankly, Favorites

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

We’ve been doing the Five Things Friday posts for a while now. A start, a stop, a hiccup, but now we’re steady at it. I’ve enjoyed your topic suggestions and comments on these posts.

Recently, someone asked what my five favorite posts on FMD are. Y’all are smart. You already know where this is going. Of course, I could list twenty or possibly a hundred. So choosing my five favorite posts is a bit of a challenge. thankyouverymuchforthesuggestionyouknowwhoyouare.

And I’m betting once I hit “publish” I’m going to think up five other posts that could … read the rest. . .

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Firsts in Fiction Podcast

If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter, you know I’m the producer of Aaron Gansky’s Firsts in Fiction Podcast. Aaron and his pops, Alton Gansky, are the hosts. I get to call him “Pops” too because I collect parents. It’s just what I do. And if you’ve seen the podcast, you’ll know there’s times I’m kinda glad we’re not really related. But I digress.

So. The Firsts in Fiction Podcast Team. Right. Yes. That’s us. Together, we discuss how to write better fiction.

Recently we made a change or two, and streamlined the location. Previously, you would … read the rest. . .

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