A Deleted Scene from In the Doghouse
One of the hardest choices an author has to make is if a scene should be cut from the final story and if the details should still be included as backstory somewhere else in the book. Hopefully, this decision is made with the help of a reliable editing team and beta readers, but ultimately, the reward or regret of said choice falls on the author.Continue reading
Bow wow!!! I just received the amazing news that In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View has won Best Book in the Fiction: Cross-Genre category of the 2019 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.Continue reading
Why Tiger Drive is Fiction and Not a Memoir: An Interview
A few months ago, I spoke with Marnie Summerfield Smith, a journalist, and ghostwriter extraordinaire. She is working with a dear friend of mine on his memoirs. Marnie often interviews people in her clients’ lives to learn more about them. This friend and I both survived difficult childhoods (him more so than me).
I can see why Marnie is the ideal person for aspiring memoirists to work with. She is easy to talk to and to trust. By the end of our discussion, I wished I could hug Marnie in person, but I’ll have to wait for my next trip to London to do so (there’s actually a few people I’d love to hug in London). We continued to chat about books and memoirs, and naturally, Marnie asked me why I wrote Tiger Drive as fiction rather than a memoir. We decided to do a separate interview. You can read all of my answers here.
Also, are you interested in writing a memoir? Sign up for Marnie’s newsletter, Your Memoir, and received her free how-to-get-started memoir guide. And let me know if you are interested in writing a memoir. I simply want to know because I appreciate you!
Thanks for being you,
Nov. 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: The DC Public Library recently selected Tiger Drive for their DC Indie Author Project. The Cleveland Park Branch has invited me to present: “Why I went Indie: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing” – Join me!
Tiger Drive is a Finalist in the Top Shelf Indie Book Awards
Top Shelf Indie Book Awards will announce the winners of each category in their holiday edition. Keep your fingers crossed for Tiger Drive in the General Fiction category. Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck.
I am humbled by the support that readers and judges continue to show Tiger Drive. I am grateful to Top Shelf Magazine for supporting indie publishers.
Cathy Zane is the award-winning author of Better Than This. You can read my review of her novel here.
Tiger Drive is a Finalist for the 2019 Kindle Book Review Award
I am so honored and excited that Tiger Drive is a finalist for the Kindle Book Review Award. I am going to go crazy waiting for the winner to be announced on November 1, 2019. My birthday is on November 14th. Winning would be a lovely birthday gift.
Congratulations to my fellow finalists. I’ll be reading their books these next two weeks and sharing reviews. What’s almost better than winning? Knowing which books yours shares a ‘shelf’ with.
Literary Fiction (5 Finalists in no particular order)
- A Curious Matter of Men with Wings by F. Rutledge Hammes
- Little Girl Leaving by Lisa Blume
- Invisible by Day by Teri Fink
- Tiger Drive by Teri Case
- Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton
Will update you soon. Until then, thanks for being you.
Recently in Author Accelerator’s Members Circle, I was asked what writing advice I’d give my beginner writing self if I could. Author Accelerator was kind enough to publish my answer on No Blank Pages: https://medium.com/no-blank-pages/dear-me-writing-your-first-draft-3ac449b527da?sk=dfa3e964eba05cd9af8bbb777a078f71