For Historical Fiction Writers

June 5, 2016

My Essays on Writerly Subjects

Write Something Else - Tue, 17 Jan 2017
From time to time, readers and fellow authors email me asking for advice or sharing with me their own stories about obstacles that come between them and the stories they want to write. This past summer, I received the following letter from aspiring African American writer Shawntel Jones. Stephanie, I am interested in writing about […]

Author Tips for Book Signings - Wed, 20 Jul 2016
Book signings. What aspiring writer doesn’t fantasize about sitting behind a towering pile of books surrounded by adoring fans, scribbling one’s John Hancock across a clean page. It’s the stuff of dreams and fairy tale snow castles. And today I received an email from an excited new author asking for advice on how to handle her […]

My Write-a-Thon to Help Other Aspiring Writers - Mon, 20 Jun 2016
Dear Readers, As you probably know, writing is one of the most important things in my life. When I was just starting out, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Clarion writer’s workshop. That’s where I learned to be a professional; where I took my career to the next level, and there […]


Writing Books I Recommend


I’m a Scrivener Evangelist

Jack Bickham

This purports to be about short stories, but it really teaches you story structure in a way that is absolutely necessary for a novel. Moreover it helps you find yourself as a writer.


Beginnings are the most crucial part of a novel.