Author Archives: gwenoverland

Characters Gone Wild

  I guess it’s both the actress and the psychotherapist in me, but my ears always perk up when I hear someone say, “but that was so out of character for him (or her).” Yet now that I think about … Continue reading

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Go For It!

I’ve always been a bit of a scared-y-cat most of my life. Not that it’s ever stopped me from living an exceptionally full and busy life, but my fears have often caused me to draw upon forces foreign to my … Continue reading

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A Midriff Bulge or a Sagging Middle?

One of the things I’ve noticed as a writer is the phenomenon known as the what-the-hell-is-supposed-to-happen-next syndrome, otherwise known as the missing, or the over-congested, or the oh-so-boring middle. I’ve only written 10 books, but I’ve read at least a … Continue reading

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Does the Genre Dictate the Story or the Story the Genre?

I write romance, but for a long time now I’ve been thinking about writing within a new genre. Up to this point, all but one of my eight romance novels has had a strong villain.  This has allowed me to … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Theatre

  ) It was in middle school where I found my first love all those years ago, and it wasn’t a boy, or, God forbid, one of the Beatles, but rather an extracurricular class called Acting for the Stage. As … Continue reading

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Signing Sightings

Not exactly easy, carrying around a suitcase full of books, bookmarks, candy and other assorted swag and treats, but I do it as often as I can. What am I talking about? Book signing, of course. I’ve done quite of bit … Continue reading

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Keep On Keeping On

Lately our household has been deluged by one crazy event after another. If the holidays weren’t enough, now I’m having to deal with a grandson born 11 weeks early, a husband who has spent over two weeks in the ICU, … Continue reading

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END OF THE YEAR FIRE SALE!

At this time of year where all I want to do is pause and reflect on all my blessings and achievements of the past twelve months, I instead find myself running around like a proverbial chicken with her head chopped … Continue reading

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Eat, Play, Love

I have been thinking lately about how food is related to sex and love. All three are sensual experiences which require a certain amount of pleasure in anticipation, preparation and consummation. Dining enhances the experience of love, and love the … Continue reading

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How Do I Love Playlists? Let Me Count the Ways

Long before I was a writer, I was a musician. It’s the steady thread that has woven throughout my life. Music runs in my family. My mother was a ballroom dancer, and even though she couldn’t carry a tune to … Continue reading

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