Short stories are an excellent jump start for writing, especially when a prompt and deadline are attached to the challenge. I decided to sharpen my creative pencil and signed up to participate in the Midwest Writing Center’s Iron Pen Contest. My cue came through via email right on schedule. I had 24 hours to write […]
News & Musings
Would I read this book?
If I wasn’t the author, would I want to read this book? I turned back the cover, rich in stark white letters on dried blood red colour contrast. Skimmed the title, past the dedication and scene sample pages. Read the opening paragraph. Tires on three utility vehicles mulched the red, gold and brown remains of […]
On Writing On Scribble
While visiting my hometown in Iowa last month, I was honoured to sit behind the microphone and be interviewed by NPR icon Don Wooten on WVIK. Here’s a link to that edition of Scribble. Have a listen! https://www.wvik.org/podcast/scribble/2022-11-12/scribble-with-teresa-labella?fbclid=IwAR2unfpSTcGfZrcLi4XhfphWqrYnLsqXZx-4x2lnvFzIZ0hzrvnHAYx3b7w
My One and Done That Wasn’t
I got the idea ten years ago for my bucket list novel from an interview in Dog Fancy magazine. The pet parent in the photo, holding two adorable pups, seemed to have the world by the figurative tail. An HGTV celebrity doing what he loved to do, described by the interviewer as “uncomfortably good-looking”. But the […]
What’s On Your Shelf?
Avid lifelong readers trace the history of our lives by the books on our shelves. Those books we packed and hauled with us with every move, no matter the distance or stage in life. There’s the Lord of the Rings trilogy I had to have in junior high and never read. Shame on me! The Outsiders […]
Suspense or Thriller?
The backside slide away from my favourite season toward fall moved me from an adirondack chair into one that swivels behind my writer’s desk. Fingers accustomed to holding a tall glass of coolness tap the keyboard. Capital Ties takes shape. Readers of my first uniquely Canadian political thriller, Capital Strings, want to know Prime Minister Evan Reid’s decision. […]
Danger Revealed Has Found a Home!
I am beyond pleased to have signed a contract offered by Purple Porcupine Publishing to publish The UnMatchables Danger Revealed, the second novel in my romantic suspense series! The independent Canadian company is dedicated to bringing books of all genres to life. I’m fortunate and grateful to be welcomed into the Purple Porcupine family of […]
While I Was Away
Everything has changed since April. The creative talent behind my book covers, the videos that promoted my work and the graphic design on my author website, book marks and business cards no longer sits at his desk or alongside me at book signings, My publisher, ace beta reader, head cheerleader and inspiration for Chef Darien […]
To tell a page-turning story, authors must learn the craft of writing. We read stories and novels both in and beyond the genre we write. We share our work in writers groups to learn from each other. We engage beta readers and hire a professional editor to help us shape, rewrite, and publish stories […]