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Which Authors Have Inspired Me – Shawn McGuire

This turned out to be a hard topic for me. In fact, I asked my Wicked Ink sisters if I could write about something else. They said no. Sigh. That’s okay, because being an author means challenging yourself… and surrounding yourself with author friends who will push you. Which authors have inspired me? I had,… Read more »

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The Story Behind the Story: The Door

My interest in writing short stories started a couple of years ago. I always told myself I had too much to say to write short, so that’s why I wrote novels. I was up for a challenge, though, and when I came across an online short story writing class, I signed up right away. The… Read more »

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The Story Behind the Story: Countdown Cafe

I’m a coffee addict. There, I said it. My awesome hubby has a steaming mug of coffee with cream ready for me every morning, as there are unconfirmed rumors that I’m a little cranky before that first cup. Anyway, one day I was running errands a few blocks from my house and thought I’d try… Read more »

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The Story Behind the Story: Untimely

My novella, Untimely, stars Ellie, a college-bound history buff determined to stop a time traveling thief of the future from stealing a piece of the past. The picturesque settings of the town of Charlottesville, Virginia figure prominently in the story, as do the University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. I live… Read more »

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The Story Behind the Story: The Fate Stone

On Reincarnation and Quantum Theory—No really, this is interesting!  Reincarnation is an intriguing topic. Who hasn’t wondered about it? I mean really, is life a one-and-done thing? And at the end, we cease to exist? And if so, what’s the point? Theories abound. Many cultures and some religions believe we don’t cease to exist, and… Read more »