Gail Whitiker

In Praise of the Slow Beginning

I wanted to take a slightly different approach to beginnings in this blog. We have, over the past months, discussed openings that plunge us into the heart of the action or hint at mysterious events to come. We’ve highlighted those that start with clever dialogue or intriguing characters, and we’ve pointed out how the author, with a few well-constructed sentences,… Read more →

A NEW YEAR AND A MILESTONE!

Happy New Year! Before I start into my review, I wanted to mention a special event that took place in the lives of the Pen Warriors this month. As some of you may know, we came together as a group in 2001 and we’ve been meeting on a quarterly basis ever since. What you may not know is that this… Read more →

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

February 14th is only a few days away and we all know what that means. Sales at jewellery stores, florists, candy counters and lingerie boutiques will skyrocket, restaurants will be filled to overflowing with lovers gazing into each other’s eyes, and romantic cards will fly off the shelves as we celebrate the people we love and show them just how… Read more →

A New Year, A Fresh Start

A New Year, A Fresh Start

I always enjoy the early weeks of the New Year. The frenetic days of Christmas are behind us; the mad whirl of shopping, planning, wrapping and entertaining done for another year. The overindulgence at holiday brunches, cocktail parties and dessert buffets has given way to healthier eating and the enthusiasm with which we wrote out our list of resolutions hasn’t begun to… Read more →

My Inbox is out of Control

My Inbox is out of Control

It occurred to me lately that a sure sign of one’s productivity—or lack thereof—is the state of one’s Inbox. Mine is out of control. I currently have 1249 emails in one box and nearly 400 in the other. That’s 1649 emails waiting to be dealt with. That may not seem like a lot of email for some people. It may not… Read more →

No Sex Please, Jane Austen’s in the Room!

No Sex Please, Jane Austen’s in the Room!

I seldom blog about the type of stories I write. Mainly because not everyone who follows the Pen Warriors’ blog reads historical romances and probably even less read traditional Regencies, which are the type of historicals I write. But given that NO OCCUPATION FOR A LADY, my October release from Mills & Boon Historicals, is definitely a “no sex please,… Read more →

Ebooks. A Chance to Right the Wrongs.

Ebooks. A Chance to Right the Wrongs.

At some point in their careers, most authors experience a glitch of some kind in their writing. It may be a factual error; the mistaken use of a title when talking about the aristocracy, or a geographical inaccuracy when a describing a place they’ve never been. Those of us who write historicals are particularly prone to this kind of error…. Read more →

Never Invite a Writer to Dinner

Never Invite a Writer to Dinner

It recently occurred to me that inviting a writer to your dinner party can be a dangerous thing. Writers’ minds don’t work like everyone else’s. When non-writers get together, the conversations move from topic to topic, with opinions being expressed and views exchanged, and at the end of the evening, everyone goes home saying what a great time they had, and… Read more →