Author Archives: pamelagibson

Writing the Book of Your Heart

As writers, we’re told not to write to the market, but to write what we know, what we love. It’s safer, they say, because markets change quickly. What’s popular today might have waned by the time our book comes out. … Continue reading

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Auto Draft

When Life Kicks You in the Teeth What’s that saying? People plan, God laughs? Four years ago, almost to the day, my life changed forever. I was up early in the morning, preparing to take over a Facebook page I … Continue reading

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Twit, Twaddle, Twistical—It’s in the Timing

I’ve been writing in the Regency world lately, that time when George the IV of England was the Prince Regent while his father slipped into madness. But alas, while producing a 400-page manuscript, words often find their way in that … Continue reading

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Write a Better Book: Is it a Myth or a Must

Authors get a lot of advice. Friends, relatives, bloggers, other authors all have something to say. Some of the advice is worth keeping. Some is not. I’m an author and I am not here to tell anyone what to do. … Continue reading

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Brain Dead and Other Ailments

By Pamela Gibson Anyone who’s ever had to write a book, a report, a poem, a speech—you name it—can remember a time when the words would not come. On those days the blank page stares back like a face in … Continue reading

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Selected Insights from Julia Quinn

I write historical romance and Regencies have long been one of my favorite genres. Over the years, I’ve sat through several presentations at in-person conventions, learning different perspectives from some of my favorite authors. Here are a few I recently … Continue reading

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Playing Not-So-Innocent Games

Authors love to interact with readers and one of the most common ways is to post a game on our Facebook page, or Fan page, and encourage everyone to play. It’s sometimes silly and we can like or laugh with … Continue reading

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Excuse Me, Where is the Restroom?

Decades ago—and I do mean decades—I wrote local histories for publishers like Windsor, Donning, American Historical Press, and Arcadia. The nice people in their publicity departments arranged for me to appear at book signings at places like county fairs, Costco, … Continue reading

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Writing in Another Time Period

I write in two historical time periods: California, just before and after 1850, and Regency England, 1811-1820. The first requires the use of a few Spanish language terms to give the Californios authenticity. The second can be quite problematic. “Are … Continue reading

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Longing for Uninteresting Times

“May you live in interesting times” is supposedly a Chinese curse. Yet no one has ever been able to trace it to anything even comparable in the Chinese language. Instead, the closest anyone has come to finding its source is … Continue reading

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