Announcing the 2015 RPLA Finalists

And now, the list you’ve been waiting for: the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) finalists, and the short and long works spanning the 45 genres that qualify them, in alphabetical order by author last name. The winners will be announced at the Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet at the Florida Writers Conference in October. 2015 RPLA Adult Finalists Sharon Olsen Abrams To Be One With The Sky Laura Andrews [writing as Elle Andrews Patt] Billie Mae Manteo Daco Auffenorde [writing … Read More »

To Novel or Novella? That is the Question

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Good morning everyone! I figured I’d tap into a fun little discussion type of question on par with physical books or digital (At least in my experience): Do you prefer to write a novel or novella and does Amazon’s return policy play a part in our decision? I know for me, it’s a little of both. I love the depth a novel can get into. They give me a chance to really delve into a character and let them play … Read More »

Florida Book Awards

The Florida Writers Association is one of the co-sponsors of the Florida Book Awards. The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its tenth annual writing competition with a call for entries in nine categories. Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by Sunshine State residents with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live … Read More »

People Watching

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Have you ever had that feeling like you’re being watched? I know I have, and it’s usually someone I never met that just sits across the room from me and placidly stares. To be honest, this used to freak me out. I didn’t understand what they were doing and my thoughts ranged from “She/he must think I’m cute” and “Wonder if she/he figured out where to hide my body yet?” Then I started writing this, well, this became somewhat normal. … Read More »

Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Florida Writers Conference: October 15-18, 2015 Once again, the Florida Writers Conference will be held in the entertainment capital of Florida: Orlando! So much to do and so many things to see. What a perfect place for writers! With all the wonderful attractions (or distractions?), writers have the chance to test their powers to focus on writing. As an independent writer, my budget is tight. Besides, I like saving money. And I love getting a good deal. But, I also see the value of attending the … Read More »

Back to Our Roots

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Good morning everyone! The other day I was chatting with a friend about history when I suddenly had an epiphany about why my stories are so character driven. I know, it sounds weird, but one thing I’ve learned is, when it comes to writing, nothing is too weird, right? Lol If you can’t guess, I love history, I mean I. Freaking. LOVE. History. I can’t get enough of shows on the history channels and will read text books (these are … Read More »

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