By Shirley Hailstock Authors receive mail from readers all the time, and we love hearing from them. They are our validation and one of the reasons we as writers continue to tell our stories. This article isn’t about mistakes in grammar, punctuation or even research and plot. Readers let us know that they liked or didn’t… Read More
Shirley Hailstock began her writing life as a lover of
reading. She likes nothing better than to find a quiet
corner where she can get lost in a book, explore new worlds
and visit places she never expected to see. As an author,
she can not only visit those places, but she can be the
heroine of her own stories. The author of thirty novels and
novellas, including her electronic editions, Shirley has
received numerous awards, including the Waldenbooks
Bestselling Romance Award and Romantic Times
Magazine’s Career Achievement Award.
Shirley’s books have appeared on
Blackboard, Essence Magazine and
Library Journal Best Seller Lists. She is a
past president of Romance Writers of America.
by Shirley Hailstock I don’t watch much television. At least I didn’t think I watched a lot of it. But I’ve discovered I watch a lot of television. I can write through the noise. Growing up with a lot of sisters and one brother, the television, record player (we had records then), and radio could… Read More
When you buy a DVD, don’t you love getting that bonus material? I do. At first I never thought of watching it. But then I stumbled across alternate endings and it triggered a memory I’d forgotten. I’ve only seen one alternate ending on a DVD. That was Training Day and I agree the one that… Read More
by Shirley Hailstock Even with the technology of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) devices, many of us still make a wrong turn now and then. Or we miss the turn altogether. Often, nothing more than making a U-turn gets us back on track. But for Nancy Emerson, the wrong turn changed her life. Guilt plagued her…. Read More
Father’s Day was just a few days ago. Who keeps secrets better – men or women? What kind of secret-person are you? Can you keep a secret? When you get one, are you dying to share it? Just have to tell someone? Impart news that someone else doesn’t know? Suppose you can’t? Telling could put… Read More
Have you ever thought about using one of those dating services? The commercials for Match.com and eHarmony.com appear every few minutes on some television stations. When they first began to appear, I poo-pooed them. But the idea of meeting someone through an online matching service took root in my mind and I came up with… Read More
Every once in a while someone says something or does something that totally surprises me. A few days ago I received an e-mail from a fan. She asked me what was going on with Cinnamon. For a moment I was thrown. Cinnamon is the name of a character in my book The Right Wedding Gown. … Read More
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