Author Archives: Frances Brown

About Frances Brown

Frances is a multi-published, award winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She also writes under the pen name, Claire Gem. A native of New York, USA, she now resides in Massachusetts, USA with her husband of 39 years.

Re-Visit Your Priorities

We hear the advice all the time, and turn a deaf ear in its direction (cliché alert): Stop and smell the roses Take time for the things you love Lavish the people you love with love Don’t put off until … Continue reading

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Besieging the Boundaries

Can you define the difference between between genre and literary fiction? I can’t believe I spent over $50,000 on an MFA in Creative Writing and found I could not. I was recently invited to sit on a Revision Panel by a … Continue reading

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The Write Resolution

As I struggle through the first-round edits of my next novel, I realize that, again—just like last year—my New Year’s resolution really should be to write every day. This book should have been done months ago! If I had committed, and … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Sex (cough)

Since my last blog for SMP (Insta-Love) addressed the same subject, I will qualify this entry, same general subject, as “additional research” (ahem). As authors, we all come to realize—quickly—that book reviews are as individual as are readers. Some will … Continue reading

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Insta-Love???

  “Men define romance as the prelude to sex, and women define romance as one of the expressions of love.” This quote from the book by Neil Rosenthal titled, “Love, Sex, and Staying Warm” sums up one definition of the … Continue reading

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To Improving Our Craft—Hear, Hear!

In my earlier posts I may have mentioned that I am an avid audiobook fan. My 35-40 minute daily commute to my day job, coupled with the amazing medium of the audiobook, allows me to double my reading volume. In … Continue reading

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HEA – the Ever-After Part

The vast majority of couples in romance novels are young, or at least young-ish. That’s the beautiful time of our lives, right? We’re frisky and firm, bouncy and beautiful, with hormone levels topping the charts. What better time to illustrate … Continue reading

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