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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Following 'A Writing Habit'

What it takes is to actually write: not to think about it, not to imagine it, not to talk about it, but to actually want to sit down and write. I'm lucky I learned that habit a really long time ago. I credit my mother with that. She was an English teacher, but she was a writer.” – Luanne Rice

Born in Connecticut on this date in 1955, Rice has been a regular on the New York Times’ Bestseller List, but then she’s had lots of opportunities.    Her 32 novels have been translated into 24 languages and half-dozen been made into movies – two on the “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” 

Many of her novels deal with love and family, although it is about nature and the sea that she truly excels.  Among her works are The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, The Silver Boat, and Sandcastles. Rice started writing early and had her first published poem (in the Hartford Courant) at age 11.  Her first short story was published in American Girl magazine when she was 15, and her debut novel, Angels All Over Town, at age 30.
She said she enjoys doing research, and also writes down her dreams – both of which make up parts of her work.  But, she said, she bases many characters on the real people who she has met and is inspired by.  “While novels are fiction, mine are usually very close to my heart.” 

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