Author BlogIn the Mouth of the Serpent

Colette, A Review

On a recent Saturday, my husband and I enjoyed date night at the Paris Theater. We watched the film Colette. I’m a novelist and so the film held a special resonance for me. It’s always intriguing for me to see how other women do it–how other women wrestle with the great fanged beast of their […]

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Scrivener: A Fabulous Writing Program

A glowing review of writing software Scrivener, sold by Literature & Latte. What took me so long? Lo, the years I have wasted, toiling in Microsoft Word… I’ve been drinking the Microsoft Word Kool Aid. A gazillion years ago, when my pet Brontosaurus would give me a ride across Central Park to the East Side, […]

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From the HuffPo: Three Plot Structures Every Storyteller Can Use

Here is my latest Huffington Post article: Three Plot Structures Every Storyteller Can Use I have a theory that novelists are fugitives from simple existence. We metabolize, mediate, and render life rather than simply experiencing it. We live through an incident and wonder, with tears glossing our eyes or bliss pinking our cheeks or ennui […]

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The Business of Independent Publishing

Regarding the business of independent publishing: A few months ago, I received a polite email from Professor John Maxwell of Simon Fraser University. Some of his students had come to him. Between the covers of the text he had ordered for his graduate class on publishing, The Content Machine by Michael Bhaskar, was the novel […]

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My New HuffPo Piece: Five Questions You Must Ask Your Protagonist

…Before Writing Your Novel… Here’s my latest piece on the Huffington Post, some advice for writers: questions you must ask your protagonist. To pull off the herculean task of leading a reader through a few hundred pages of a book, that character has to be magnetic. Here are five questions to ask your protagonist, and […]

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Finishing the First Draft of BROKEN

A post on Finishing the First Draft of Broken. Things were bad in Occupied Paris and getting worse. Then the first draft was done. I’m always strangely nerved up when I finish the first draft of a novel. I’m wired and chomping at the bit and high strung. I need my husband to rub me […]

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Announcing a new eBook: HOW TO WRITE, PUBLISH, AND MARKET YOUR BOOK YOURSELF INDEPENDENTLY

I am happy to announce a new eBook: How to Write, Publish, and Market Your Book Yourself, Independently: A manual for the courageous and persistent.   This book came out of my experiences as an author and indie publisher, down in the trenches of book-writing, book-making, and book-promoting with my shirtsleeves rolled up.    It’s […]

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The Rashoman Effect of History

The Rashoman Effect of History For the last year and a half, I have been studying WW2. I’m working on a novel set during that period. Actually, I’m working on two novels set during the period, both in the European theater. But I started with one story and I wanted to get the details accurate. […]

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Writing Despite Kids Dogs and Husbands 11/29 by Giri and Kennedy | Blog Talk Radio

Writing Despite Kids Dogs and Husbands 11/29 by Giri and Kennedy | Blog Talk Radio Tomorrow at 12:00 I will be talking about time management and writing. This topic taps me on the shoulder and invites me in for a wrestle every single day of my life. Tune and in and please call with questions! […]

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Welcome

Hello, Dear Readers: This is the inaugural entry of my blog, In the mouth of the serpent. This blog will consist of my ramblings, rantings, observations, opinions, suggestions, and hopes for the future. My interests are passionate and diverse: books, pop and literary; art, especially of the Renaissance; spirituality and healing; politics; relationships; children and […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.