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Maureen McGowan

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Maureen has always been making up stories, but side-tracked by a persistent practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into writing novels. After escaping a previous career in finance and accounting, she hasn't looked back.

Aside from her love of books, she's passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes.

She lives and writes in Toronto, Canada.
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Maureen McGowan Kristi, I am so sorry that I didn't see your question, sooner!

I still hope to write more of the Twisted Tales books. The publisher didn't want any mo…more
Kristi, I am so sorry that I didn't see your question, sooner!

I still hope to write more of the Twisted Tales books. The publisher didn't want any more :( but I might do some on my own.

I have great ideas mostly worked out for Snow White and Beauty and the Beast...

Thanks so much for contacting me and for loving the books! The were sure fun to write. :)(less)
Maureen McGowan Hi Cintia,
I'm sorry that I took so long to reply! If I'm stuck, one thing that works for me is, well, to write.
To write ANYTHING. Even writing someth…more
Hi Cintia,
I'm sorry that I took so long to reply! If I'm stuck, one thing that works for me is, well, to write.
To write ANYTHING. Even writing something like: I have no idea what to write and it's really frustrating and the pressure is bothering me and making me sad.... Even that can help.
Often if I start typing (or writing with a pen) as if I'm talking to one of my friends about the problem I'm having, I work out my problem and start working on my manuscript again.
Above all, don't beat yourself up!
Try to do a little bit each time and build. Don't worry if it's not perfect. You can always fix a first draft.
Happy writing!!(less)
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One of the best films I saw at TIFF this year was also one of the best books I’ve read over the past several years. ROOM. And it won the coveted People’s Choice Award.


 


roomThe past few years’ winners of the People’s Choice Award include:

The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King’s SpeechSlumdog Millionaire etc. etc. 

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“But at this moment, for me, family equals safety; Burn equals safety; love equals safety. And if I trust my heart, my instincts, my strength, I know I’ll always be safe.”
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“Brace yourselves,” the driver shouts from the front. “We’re going through the wall.” I grab one of the handles above my head, bracing for whatever comes.”
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“Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
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