Building Worlds: Topics a Writer Needs to Consider

This post was inspired by Ellen Brock’s “How to Write a Believable World” YouTube video. I have always been interested in world-building. No matter whether I write poems, stories, novels or memoir, I want a stage set for readers to see and enter. Perhaps this idea came from my elementary school where we put on…

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Sign Up for RVA LitCrawl 2019

The 2019 RVA LitCrawl is scheduled for April 19 and 20, 2019. You can sign up for the RVALitCrawl now; the application closes March 1, 2019, so don’t delay! Please read the directions on the website. The signing up process has changed from the previous year. Visit their website for more information. www.RVALitCrawl.org.

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Celebrate Your Independent Bookstores

On Facebook, I routinely find announcements for poetry, nonfiction and fiction readings taking place at all three of Richmond’s independent bookstores: Book People, Chop Suey Books, and Fountain Books. VCU’s beautiful library on the West Campus is the good spot for readings hosted by the English Deparment. The former Zata Cafe, now Westover Station, regularly…

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James River Writers Conference 2018

Fall is a busy time for writers. A big highlight took place in mid-October when the annual James River Writers Conference was held at the Richmond Convention Center. 360 people attended this year. Four out of the six Master Classes sold out. Nearly all of the agent appointments were booked up. Robert Toms and I worked as…

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A Wrinkle in Time Giveaway

Now that we are wrapping up our re-read of A Wrinkle in Time, I have joined authors Sadeqa Johnson and Vivian Lawry in a book giveaway! We are giving away: A copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle A copy of Becoming Madeleine, a biography of the life and works of Madeleine L’Engle written by her granddaughters Starting now, you can enter…

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Help Review Shelter of Leaves!

Hello friends, Honest book reviews are important. They help readers decide what to buy, and they help authors reach more readers. If you’ve read Shelter of Leaves, I’d appreciate your posting a review to my Amazon Author Page, Goodreads page, or both. Once on my respective author pages, you’ll see where others have posted their…

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Goodreads Author Q&A

On October 18, from 7-9 pm, join me on Goodreads for an author Q&A! Ask me any questions you might have about my novel, short stories, writing, sci-fi, or anything else that you might be curious about. Hope to see you there!

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Subscribe to my newsletter and receive a free e-book of short stories!

To (continue) celebrating the Shelter of Leaves one-year anniversary, I have written an e-book of short stories that you can download for free after joining my mailing list! To join the list, visit my website at lenoregay.com/mailing-list. You’ll then receive an email with the e-book download! Then, let me know what you think of the short…

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BOOK REVIEW: Afterlife by Marcus Sakey  

BOOK REVIEW: Afterlife by Marcus Sakey Thomas & Mercer, 2017 Curious about fiction portraying parallel universes, time travel and life after death, I looked forward to reading Afterlife. Sakey has many fans from his previous books. The online reviews of Afterlife were mostly positive. The book itself Sakey’s prose was solid, a well-crafted book full of…

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