Category Archives: Kate’s Posts

Where Does A Book Begin?

Kate Flora: I was at a dinner party in Boston last night to celebrate my friend Laura’s sixty-fifty birthday. During dinner, we were talking about writing and her son asked me “Where does a book begin?”  The answer, of course, … Continue reading

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Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory and Other Craft Musings

Kate Flora: I was driving around yesterday, doing errands, and listening to Friendship Point by Alice Eliot Dark, the book my book group has chosen for September. At one point, one of characters refers to Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory.” As an … Continue reading

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Whimsical Maine Through a Writer’s Lens

Kate Flora: In the world of talented photographers, I wouldn’t even try to compete. Their brilliance is everywhere, including on my walls. But as regular readers of this blog know, one piece of advice I routinely offer to aspiring writers is … Continue reading

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She Has a Strange Idea of Fun

Kate Flora: Last week I took a break from revising my non-mystery book, Unleashed Love, the story of a woman who discovers the post-breakup dog she got from the shelter was a match-making dog. For two days, I drove from the island to … Continue reading

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So We Bought the Books a House

Kate Flora: Twenty-two years ago, after a very long search, we bought a little cottage by the sea. Partly it was because my husband, who worked too hard, said a place by the sea was the only thing he really wanted. … Continue reading

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Remembering those Long Ago Maine Summers

Kate Flora: I don’t know why I remember summers more than winters. Was it because school was out and there was so much more time for rambling? Because the days were so long and we could stay outside and play long … Continue reading

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An Update on the Meandering Writer’s Mind

Kate Flora: From time to time I get yelled at by my friends, and my readers, for failing to provide updates about my books. Usually, it will be someone who says, “Have I read all your books?” and when I … Continue reading

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Sisters in Crime? What the Heck are They?

Kate Flora: In 1993, after nine painful years in the unpublished writer’s corner, I was on the cusp of publishing my first mystery. Chosen for Death, book one in my Thea Kozak series, was scheduled for publication the following year, and … Continue reading

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Sharing an April Post with My Mother

Kate Flora: It’s April, the month of my late mother’s birthday. It was the 17th, and of course I walked around the yard, peering at the newly emerging plants and shrubs, and thought of her. Often, on April 17th, we would … Continue reading

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An Alligator Hide over a Baby-Soft Soul

Kate Flora: I’ve been sitting in the writer’s chair now for almost thirty-nine years, ten of them spent in the grueling sadness of the unpublished writer’s corner. I’ve been up, as in, “Oh my gosh, my agent just got me a … Continue reading

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