Gail Whitiker

The Worried Writer

The Worried Writer

There are very few things I’m willing to stand up and say I do better than anyone else, but I have to admit, there is one thing at which I excel. Worrying.  Over the course of my life, I have earned a Masters degree in worrying. It has caused me more sleepless nights and wasted days than you can shake… Read more →

10 Years, 37 Retreats, and Still Going Strong!

10 Years, 37 Retreats, and Still Going Strong!

We’ve just wrapped up our 37th Pen Warriors’ retreat and though we don’t usually reveal what goes on behind the Red Door (oaths sworn in blood, threats of gypsy curses, that sort of thing) we thought it might be interesting for anyone tossing around the idea of organizing a writers’ retreat to know what goes on. And to understand why… Read more →

The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

It’s always a thrill to share news of an upcoming release. Especially in the case of COURTING MISS VALLOIS, my January 2011 release from Mills & Boon Historicals. Not only is it a story I’ve waited a long time to tell, but it’s my first new book in over six years. Six years! Isn’t that a long time to go between books,… Read more →

The Witticisms of Oscar W.

The Witticisms of Oscar W.

Recently, Laura Tobias gave me a delightful little journal with a drawing of a Victorian lady on the front and quotes by Oscar Wilde sprinkled throughout. Really, was there ever a more insightful man? I often wonder what kind of mind it takes to come up with sayings like ‘I have nothing to declare except my genius’, or, ‘I like… Read more →

Creativity IS Creativity

Creativity IS Creativity

Once upon a time, in a basement far far away, I sat transcribing my first novel onto an old 8086 computer (see youngsters scratching their heads and saying a what?) Actually, it was a borrowed computer because I wrote my first novel by hand. On a yellow lined pad. With a Papermate pen (at least you can still buy those!)… Read more →

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

“Character is the very life of fiction. Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand, something that can help define him, something he can pick up and throw, if necessary, or eat, or give to his girlfriend…” John Gardner Characters. Those maniacal people who populate our fictitious worlds and lodge inside our heads, refusing to be shaken. They… Read more →

The Name Says It All!

Pen Warriors. It’s always struck me as such an appropriate name for writers. Coined by our ever insightful EC Sheedy, it sums up what we are. We fight to make our stories stronger and more emotional. We struggle to get the words right. buy cheap deal viagra And we battle with character arcs and conflict and all the other elements that… Read more →