As of 2019, Instagram is one of the top 10 social media platforms for engagement ranking second, behind only Facebook. Think about it, a platform for engagement that’s better than Twitter? Yep, you read that right!
My first encounter with non-fiction was Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy. I was in college when I read it. The book infused in me some of Michelangelo's spunk, a keen interest in his sculptures, and inspired me to travel to Florence six years later. I’ve been writing non-fiction for the past five years … Continue reading Guest Post – 5 Steps To Your Non-Fiction Story – Karina Monteiro
“You’ll be dead in six months.” It was May 29, 1985. Those words started me on the path to become a writer. I just didn’t know it at the time. When I wrote my first book, a memoir intriguingly titled White Man’s Disease, I faithfully depicted the scene I vividly recalled where I was with … Continue reading Guest Post – My Journey to Becoming A Writer – Paul C. Thornton
One of the decisions I had to make as a debut author getting ready to hit the publishing world was the route I wanted to take: should I go traditonal, indie, or self-publish? I researched each route and found that they all have their own pros and cons. One of the most important aspects on … Continue reading Interview with Literary Agent Eric Smith
One of my favorite things about the fantasy genre is its versatility. Almost any type of story you want to read, you can add a fantastical element and transform it into an entirely new subgenre. If you’re writing a fantasy novel, it can be difficult to distinguish which subgenre the story falls into. This categorization … Continue reading Navigating Fantasy: A Breakdown of Subgenres
Writing a novel takes preparation; that is obvious, but there are different types of preparation involved. The level of prep work required mainly depends on the category you identify with as a writer.
For our first Guest Blog, I'd like to feature the very talented Emma Lombard. Emma is a historical fiction author living in Australia. She was born in England but grew up in Africa before settling in Australia 20 years ago. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Emma was an editor in various industries in the corporate … Continue reading Guest Blog: Turning Social Media Followers into a Reader Fan Base
I recognized the problem – a dormant or barely active blog. What was the solution? Simple, revive the blog
This sonnet was written for an authors writing challenge that I participate in Instagram. I am no poet, but I do hope you enjoyed it.
As I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but smile at everything that transpired the last month and all that I have accomplished. Yes, a sense of accomplishment is what I feel when I think about July. Despite, the fact that I may not have posted much on my blog, I am proud … Continue reading If I Were A Goddess
My debut novel is something that I am really excited about. I started working on it in January 2016, at the time I only had an outline or a basic idea about the story that I wanted to tell. I knew I had to do a lot of research before I picked it up again. … Continue reading Top 10 Fun Facts about my WIP – Buried Deceptions
One thing I remember promising my readers when I started my blog was that the output of my blog would never be constant. I remember using the quote “change is the only constant” for this blog. True to my words, I believe the time has come for Mind and Life Matters to evolve and change … Continue reading Confessions of a Writeaholic!
Change is difficult! Most people try to resist change as much as possible. As parents, change becomes harder when your kids are involved. Imagine how it feels when your cute and cuddly child who always wanted to snuggle into your lap suddenly begins to act as though you are their enemy! Your little baby is … Continue reading Making the Transition from a Little Child’s Mom to a Tween’s Mom!
It has been a while since I have participated in any of the challenges in this blogosphere. Every time I see an interesting challenge, I think to myself that I should participate! That’s when my everlasting procrastination takes over and before I know it the challenge has passed, and new ones take over! And it … Continue reading A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine
Of late I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter. No, no, I am not wasting my time reading tweets with infuriating tags like “Women Are Trash” and bashing every single one of them for posting such nonsense (although, I wish I could do that!!). Indeed, over the past week, I have gained … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books for Indie April!