Authors Jekyll and Hyde: The Two Faces of A.M. Rycroft

If you’ve ever talked to me at a book event and someone asked you to describe me later, you'd probably tell them I’m friendly, talkative, outgoing even. But, the truth is, you’ve only met Hyde. There's another side, one much less people-friendly. The other side of me, the state I revert back to after a book event, the person I am "when no one is watching", as they say, is Jekyll.

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You Don't Own Me

A friend of mine asked me the other day whether they HAD to build an author website to be successful. I told them no. I know some of you reading this are now gasping in horror. An author without a website?! This friend already has a Facebook page with a sizeable audience, so why redesign the wheel? Let me say this plainly: no matter whether you're talking about, there's no reason that something MUST be done a certain way to get success.

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Throw Away Your Handbook

I recently got into a small argument with someone who told another writer --  a young writer, no less -- they weren't actually writing a story, but rather a conglomerate of meaningless words. I immediately pushed back and stood up for this young writer. The basis for this person's smackdown? The definition of a story they pulled right out of a writing handbook.

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