Laura Spinella

Bestselling Author

Posts Tagged ‘Echo Moon’

About That Tantrum…

Recently, I had a Facebook tantrum—the envy of any two-year-old. My fit was sparked by a reviewer whose words about my latest novel, Echo Moon, weren’t necessarily harsh, just a bland 3-star opinion. So what set me off? Why did this benign review dig like bamboo shoots under my nails? Amid the reviewer’s lackluster impressions…

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The Next Yellow Line

Number of published words in 2.5 years: 469,030. Hours at my desk? Impossible to calculate, and if sitting truly is the new smoking, the breathable air in my writing room must be in short supply. I don’t know what made me add those numbers up. Perhaps the odd predicament of arriving at this desk with…

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How Far Will Readers Reach?

This post ponders how far readers are willing to go. I might not have touched this topic when Foretold was released last fall. But since then, with Echo Moon out one week from today, I have been scratching my head over a reader idiosyncrasy—one that came full circle with a couple of Facebook surveys. Recently, two…

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While We’re Waiting…

Okay, waiting is not my strong suit. In the novel-writing business, few things take longer than publishing a book. From the time an author puts pen to paper and pub-day arrives, nearly two years passes—maybe more. And people wonder why we keep our day jobs! ???? While we tick off these final days to ECHO MOON (On…

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Making it to the Moon

This is it, coming soon! The last “chapter” in the Ghost Gifts series! It’s been quite a ride, much of it unexpected. I’d like to share with readers ECHO MOON’s backstory. I very much wanted to do something different with this book, but at the same time I knew readers would be looking for Aubrey…

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Three TV Shows that Pair Well with Wine & Chocolate

How do you get through a New England winter? Wine and chocolate are a good start, but what about sight and sound? Once football season ends (and we just won’t go there), the hardy hunker down and wait. We wait for our Facebook friends in warmer climates to post photos of forsythia in bloom and…

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Collecting Inspiration

  Dusty treasures…  With collections come inspiration. Objects of fascination are boundless: milk glass, bottle caps, depression glass, Golden books, grown-up books—signed copies and first editions—jadeite, rocks, stamps, coins, dolls, marbles, and… well, you get the idea. The endless need for shelf space and feather dusters. My mother-in-law collected salt & pepper shakers and tiny…

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This is the Reason Ghost Stories Are Subject to Interpretation

Reader Impressions

No two people interpret ghosts the same way. You have believers, people who embrace the concept of spiritual beings. Others, like my afternoon boss—an intellectual pragmatist, are convinced that earthly explanations account for ghostly perceptions. I also have a close friend with strong religious beliefs. She doesn’t discount a spirit populace, but she does question…

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What’s Out This Christmas

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a gallbladder removal. It’s what I’m doing with my Friday before Christmas. How about you? As a good friend noted, “What? You thought you needed a greater holiday challenge?” Well no, but that’s the way the surgeon’s schedule worked out, and why put off until 2018 what you can cram…

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