To paraphrase Poltergeist, “I’m ba-ack.” At least for now.
When Alex Cavanaugh, the great leader of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, suggested I make my monthly newsletter post an IWSG one so I didn’t have to leave the group, I thought it was a great idea. So here I am, with a whack load of writing news.
Carol of Ghosts, the sixth book in my award-winning GhostWriters series, is now available in ebook and paperback. Like all of the books in the series, it can be read on its own. Here’s the blurb:
All is calm, all is bright? Not in the little house in Nightridge, Vermont.
Jackson’s plans for a quiet, uneventful Christmas with Kate are dashed when three spirits decide they have important messages for him—messages that unfortunately can’t wait.
As he learns crucial lessons from his past and present, the spirit of his future has a bigger bombshell in store: the fate of the entire world may rest upon Jackson’s reluctant shoulders.
Will he be able to accept that his fantasies of a quiet life are just that—fantasies—and that the ghosts are here to stay? Is he up for the challenge his future holds, or is the world as we know it doomed to die?
I’m also teaching three new writing classes for McNally Robinson Booksellers in the New Year. Since these will be taught on Zoom, anyone in the world can join us. The prices are in Canadian dollars, which means a huge discount for anyone in the US or UK. All class times are 7 to 9 p.m. CST.
To find my classes, you need to scroll to the bottom of the McNally site page once you’ve clicked on the links below.
The rewards of writing are many: it’s a stress release, a creative outlet, a much-needed escape, and self-guided therapy. Join award-winning author J.H. Moncrieff as she helps you discover the essential building blocks of a great story, including voice, character, setting, point of view, creating suspense, and more. The class will be customized to the needs of the students. Students can submit a sample of their writing for detailed feedback.
To be successful, a writer must vanquish many foes, including time constraints, negative self-talk, endless distractions, and a lack of inspiration. Award-winning suspense author J.H. Moncrieff will teach you a variety of techniques and tricks to jumpstart your writing muse, conquer self-doubt and fear of failure, and carve out time to write from an overwhelming schedule.
Want to write a book that will keep your readers on the edge of their seat? There’s an art form to building and maintaining suspense. Award-winning suspense novelist J.H. Moncrieff will take you through the techniques you need to master in order to create a page-turning novel or story, including voice, beginnings and endings, and character development. This course is suitable for every genre, as no one wants to write a book that’s easy to put down. Come prepared to write!
I’m so happy to say my first Winning NaNoWriMo class went incredibly well. Three of my students won NaNoWriMo early, even though they’d never written a novel before, one is 75% finished her first draft, and the others wrote more than they have in a long time. It was so rewarding to watch them succeed. The class worked so well that everyone wants to keep meeting once a month!
How’d NaNoWriMo go for you this year? Any takers?
Happy holidays to you! I hope everyone had a great month, and have some lovely celebrations to look forward to this month, even though the holidays will probably be very different for most of us this year.
The purpose of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.