The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journey began nearlyContinue reading “The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill”

The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journeyContinue reading “The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy”

The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow

As an unpublished, nonprofessional writer working on my first novel, I nevertheless had access to extremely talented people who would help make my manuscript better, people who’ve made careers out of providing careful, constructive criticism to writers. I’m tremendously grateful to them Chris Pavone – source No writer, no human being for that matter, canContinue reading “The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow”

Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter

Be honest with me: How many of you thought I put the word “underwear” instead of “underwriter” in the title? I won’t blame you one bit! But the title is completely, utterly, unequivocally true. About two years ago my uncle, who’s a published children’s author, picked up on it when he read through one ofContinue reading “Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter”

The Art of Oversharing

We humans have come to expect things instantly. Patience isn’t a word often used as much as it was in the past. “Patience is a virtue,” they said. “Good things come to those who wait,” they said. This is a lesson Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory learned the hard way, if sheContinue reading “The Art of Oversharing”

Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing

Roasting. I’m not referring to roasting vegetables, which sounds amazing as it’s nearly dinner time. I’m talking about critiquing another writer’s blog posts. My blog posts. Since beginning this blog in 2016, there’s nearly a hundred posts to my name. Are they any good? Some, admittedly, are worse than others. I know my grammar isContinue reading “Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing”

How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing

I come from a family that loves to hone our do-it-yourself skills, analyze projects seen on HGTV shows, and critique how houses are built. Since childhood we often stopped by a local hardware store to gawk at some new lighting or the latest DeWalt gadget after dinner out. Asking if anyone needs anything from HomeContinue reading “How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing”

When a Character Says Goodbye

I always thought writers were crazy when they Tweeted about their characters “speaking” to them. For the first time since my novel’s conception, I experienced a “sayōnara” moment with my original villain. Now I know what all those “crazy writers” were talking about. And you know what? I’m now one of them. Yay! The downsideContinue reading “When a Character Says Goodbye”

Why I Write Historical Adventures

Earlier this year I put up a similar post titled Why I Write Historical Fiction. One of the many things I didn’t know when I started my writing journey is how many genres there truly are. There’s your “umbrella” genres, where you strictly write “history” or “fantasy” or “mystery.” But then there’s all the subcategoriesContinue reading “Why I Write Historical Adventures”

How To Maintain a Writer’s Website

After building up anotherhartmanauthor.com since 2016, there’s a few things I’d like to share about what’s worked for my site’s style, or even “brand.” That’s exactly what your website is – a visual representation of who you are as a writer. The only prior experience I had with such things is my church’s website. ForContinue reading “How To Maintain a Writer’s Website”