Bye-bye, Bob! Why Authors Delete Scenes & Characters

You’ve likely heard of movie scenes, even whole characters, being cut from a film, forever lost during the editing process.  The same goes for books.  Sometimes, the author must make a sacrifice of something he/she spent a whole day, week, month developing because, well, it simply didn’t work out.
The process might sound like the end of a relationship or, maybe, a dystopian story where someone must die to save the planet.  For me, it’s all of the above with a little Sophie’s Choice and eating ones young, added for good measure.  Regardless, I call these deleted characters and scenes “Bob,” and this is their story.

Off the Rack: A Time Traveler's Closet

What girl wouldn’t want a few extra clothes; especially at someone else’s expense?  How about a closet full of them?
In Dear Maude, Emily Stanton isn’t like most girls, however, and no one would ever accuse her of being a fashionista.  Jeans, T-shirts, and hair ties strong enough to hold a ponytail are all she ever needs, that is until she becomes more acquainted with her roommate, Sophia.

It's Music, Music, Music!

The following is background information on the books of The Dear Maude Trilogy.
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Some say love is the universal language.  I happen to believe that music is, because, despite the language a song is written in or how badly we butcher the lyrics when we sing it, good music can resonate with anyone who hears or feels it—plus, it’s timeless.  

In The Dear Maude Trilogy, music plays a large role in Emily’s life, reminding her of the world she left behind, and helping her to cope with her new one.

Sex in the Old City

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Bordello, cathouse, brothel, house of ill repute, call them what you will, but a story about early New York wouldn’t be complete without them.

In time, however, factors such as social reform, changing land use, and new (enforced) laws removed brothels from early twentieth-century New York in record numbers.  Unfortunately for Sophia, Emily’s roommate in Dear Maude, they weren’t eliminated entirely, and worse, she's banished to one.

Dear Maude Wins Bronze Medal!

I'm happy to announce that Dear Maude, the first book of The Dear Maude Trilogy, recently won a bronze medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards!

This award has some serious weight to it in more ways than one.  The annual competition features indie as well as traditionally published authors with bestsellers and celebrities among the recipients.  Winners receive an actual medal on a ribbon--similar to the Olympics.  It's such an honor!

Click the PRESS RELEASE to learn more about the award.  And if you haven't already read Dear Maude, or the other books of The Dear Maude Trilogy, start your journey HERE!

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The nightmares began in Jinny’s childhood. Years later, a handsome, young therapist, Dr. Conall McCrae, offers to take Jinny to the source of her dreams. But the doctor’s methods, including past-life regression, lead Jinny on an unexpected journey from Las Vegas to the Isle of Skye, where remembering a forgotten love might be the only cure for her nightmares.
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The Art of Change

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Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism were all the rage in 1910.  Think Picasso and Matisse, and you’ll have a good idea of what the art world looked like during that time.  But what does a sociology major from 2012 care about early twentieth-century art; other than to ask, “Is it going to be on the test?”  The answer in Emily Stanton’s case is, “You bet your life.”