Laura Tobias

By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Tobias knew she wanted to be a writer. So did the teachers. It was the persistent daydreaming and invisible friends that tipped them off. Since Laura grew up knowing no writers – and consequently didn’t know how to be one – she became a journalist instead. The trouble is, journalists are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

But making stuff up is way more fun. So Laura traded one notebook for another and today she writes romance and women’s fiction.

She lives on Vancouver Island with a pair of Shetland sheepdogs, her high school sweetheart (Mr. Petrol Head) and her son (Teen Freud). She’s also the award-winning author of 15 books for teens and children writing as Laura Langston: www.lauralangston.com Also find her at www.lauratobias.com
and occasionally at twitter.com/Laura_Tobias/

When the Voice Calls

When the Voice Calls

A few weeks ago, Gail Whitiker wrote about slow beginnings, books that don’t necessarily open with dramatic action but slowly invite you in by taking their time, establishing a mood and setting a scene.  When Gail’s blog went live, I happened to be reading A LONG TIME GONE by Karen White.  In spite of the fact that this contemporary novel… Read more →

Running Into . . . Or Away From . . . Trouble

Running Into . . . Or Away From . . . Trouble

I like an opening that throws me into the action and won’t let me stop reading. Angelfall ( Penryn & The End of Days #1) by Susan Ee did that and so much more. All in about two hundred words.   Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised… Read more →

A Good Opening Primes the Palate

A Good Opening Primes the Palate

 Nikki’s Perfume Journal Entry SCENT OF HOURS November 22, 1978 Definition: Chypres Chypres is a highly original group that is based on contrasts between bergamot-type top notes and mossy base notes. Chypres perfumes tend to be strong, spicy, and powdery.  This perfume group was named after the famous perfume from Cyprus of Roman Times. *****           … Read more →

   The Pen Warriors Top Eleven: Social Media Advice Not Taken

The Pen Warriors Top Eleven: Social Media Advice Not Taken

In January I took an on line social media course. It was an intense two weeks. So intense, the instructor has now decided to spread the same course over a month because there’s just so much to absorb. Social media is a huge, constantly morphing beast. Complicating everything is the fact that a platform that works today may not even… Read more →

 		Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Would Tweet

Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Would Tweet

I don’t remember Martin Luther King Jr. very well. I vaguely recall him speaking on TV and I clearly remember the collective sadness when he was assassinated, though some of that was undoubtedly influenced by the assassination of Robert Kennedy two months later. (In my child mind the spring of 1968 was all about public weeping). While the man wasn’t… Read more →

The Total Buy In

The Total Buy In

Note: Spoiler Alert One Saturday night a while back my family and I rented Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (In an eerie coincidence, we were ten minutes into the movie when an earthquake measuring 7.7 hit a few hours north of us. Luckily there was no damage and I didn’t find out until later about it… Read more →

	                          Get a Ritual and Get Writing

Get a Ritual and Get Writing

This is the season of pumpkins, black cats, and superstitions. Maybe that’s why I’m thinking about writers and their rituals, superstitious or otherwise. We don’t all have rituals, but many of us do. And we’re in good company. Apparently Charles Dickens had to arrange the ornaments on his desk in a certain way before he started writing. May Sarton cued… Read more →

            You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

I wasn’t that odd as a child, not really, although if you ask my father he’d probably disagree. I was highly sensitive to my surroundings (especially to the undercurrents of conversations and what wasn’t being said); I was prone to storytelling (others referred to this as exaggeration); and I had three special (imaginary-to-everyone-else) friends. I played with them, had conversations… Read more →

   Advice That Resonates

Advice That Resonates

It’s back to school time, a time that conjures thoughts of new beginnings and, with any luck, renewed vigor for our writing. To celebrate fresh starts, we thought we’d share with you some of the best writing advice we’ve ever received.   Gail Whitiker: ‘Set the book aside and let it rest for as long as you can.’ I can’t… Read more →

         Goals R Us

Goals R Us

Like a lot of people, I’m big on setting goals. I set weekly goals in the form of my ‘to do’ list and I set long term goals on my birthday which is near the end of August. I’m doing it again this year. We live in a goal-oriented, results-celebrated society. If there was a Goals R Us outlet near… Read more →