Category Archives: Belle’s Best Bytes

How Thick Does an Author’s Skin Need to Be

It’s times like these that an author would do well to grow a thick skin, perhaps something like that of a rhinoceros, or better yet a porcupine. Something that protects from the barbs, and sharpened teeth of a mad, frothing at the mouth, rabid reader. Continue reading

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Love & Romance

As a romance author I am especially fond of the month of February and the glorification of all we hold dear. Love is in the air, although it’s in the air twelve months a year and twenty-four hours a day … Continue reading

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The Power of Music

There is nothing that inspires me more in my writing than music. I can be suffering from writer’s malaise, or even a failing of words or ideas, but when I hear the words of certain songs, something happens. I’m suddenly … Continue reading

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An Author’s Journey

Sometimes the direction of your life leads you astray from your passions, and then, inexplicably, those same forces bring you face-to-face with your demons. For me and my nom de plume Belle Ami, such was the case. Marriage and children … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

There is nothing more lasting in the mind of a reader than a description of a place, be it a city or village, barren desert or a mountaintop, a room in a shabby inn or the majesty of a castle. When a reader finds themselves transported, not unlike a time machine, to a place far from the reality of their life or experience it is simply magic. Continue reading

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The Impossibility of Doing It All

Lately, I wake with a series of panic attacks. Continue reading

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