Tag Archives: Gina Carroll Howard

Read to write – and enjoy


Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, and I suspect it is one of yours, too. It’s my treat to myself after I’ve completed the day’s work. If I’m feeling particularly self-indulgent, I’ll put the to-dos aside and curl up … Continue reading

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Filling holes


We were leaving our critique group last week, comments and suggestions duly noted, when one of the members began asking me more about my main character’s motivation. Easy questions. I had written her back story before I started the book, … Continue reading

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Bringing it home


Familial relationships are complicated. And they should be just as complex in fiction as they are in real life. With the oldest child an accused bioterrorist, the Blake family has more than its share of complications. In the ninth chapter … Continue reading

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Wealth of writers


As I listened to the local authors read from their works in 27 Views of Charlotte, I was overwhelmed by the wealth of talent in my adopted region. We had gathered at Park Road Books last Saturday for the book … Continue reading

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Sticks and stones


We all know the power of words. They have incited revolutions, won and lost elections, galvanized movements, and begun and ended relationships. They have the power to cause incalculable harm and to bring restorative peace. Last week, Ken Burns’ wonderful … Continue reading

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Heeeeere’s…..Father Francis!


Poor Father Francis. Originally the opener, he’s been relegated to back-up player. Let me explain. I created Father Francis to provide an insider’s view of Clinton from an outsider’s perspective. Who better than a priest to know everything that’s going … Continue reading

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The lonely profession


It gets lonely out here. Writing, by its very nature, requires us to work alone. Even those of us working in corporations, nonprofits and academic institutions have to shut ourselves off from our colleagues to do our jobs. Those of … Continue reading

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