Mia Jo Celeste

Writing Dialogue That Delights Readers

Best-selling author Stephen King once said, “Good dialogue is a delight to read. Bad dialogue is deadly” (181). As readers, we can readily agree, but if you’re like me, an author intent on improving her craft, you want to know how to write dialogue that is a delight. You’re seeking guided practice—some rules. Here are

By |2019-12-31T18:10:19+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Writing Dialogue That Delights Readers

13 Ideas to Inspire Creativity

Ever have a deadline and have no clue how you’re going to meet it? That painful moment that seems to last ten years where your brain refuses to engage in thought and you’re left idea-less. I was there just minutes ago when I realized it was my turn to post and I had no topic

Creating a Hero or Heroine that Captivates Readers

I don’t know about you, but I read fiction for the characters and the adventure those characters go through. Like most readers, I want vivid heroes who draw me into their situations and, often when I don’t get into the main character, I put the book aside. But how do writers create those attention-grabbing heroes?

Sex With Strangers Book Fair Interview: Mia Jo Celeste

During the run of its 30th season premiere SEX WITH STRANGERS, Renaissance Theaterworks will shine a spotlight on Wisconsin authors. On Saturday, October 28th the company will host a Mini Book Fair in the Studio Theater lobby of the Broadway Theater Center from 3pm to 10pm featuring members of WisRWA. As an advance introduction to

By |2019-12-31T18:10:23+00:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Events, Members|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Sex With Strangers Book Fair Interview: Mia Jo Celeste

Sex With Strangers Book Fair

WisRWA is teaming up with Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee to host a mini book fair on October 28th in and around the performances of Renaissance Theaterworks' production of Sex with Strangers. From Renaissance Theaterworks website: "When frustrated forty-ish novelist, Olivia, meets fast-talking, twenty-something, blogger and memoirist, Ethan – known more for his sexual prowess than his prose –

Book Launch Parties: The Hows and Whys

WisRWA members, Mia Jo Celeste, author of Other Than, and Barbara M.  Britton, author of Providence and Building Benjamin, will be talking about book launch parties (both actual and virtual) at the June WisRWA meeting in Milwaukee. Jennifer Rupp asked them a few questions about their first year as published authors.   Jen: Brenda and Barbara,

By |2019-12-31T18:10:23+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Meetings, Members, Milwaukee Area, Promotions, Publishing Industry|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Book Launch Parties: The Hows and Whys

Promotion Thursday – March Edition

It's Promotion Thursday for March.  See below for where you can find our WisRWA authors.  Barbara M. Britton will be a panelist at the WEMTA Author Fair on March 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. She will also be at the New Berlin Public Library on

By |2019-12-31T18:10:24+00:00March 9th, 2017|Categories: General, Members, Promotions|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Promotion Thursday – March Edition

Revisions: Tips to Polish Your WIP

It’s hard, yet it’s the difference between a sale and “not for us.” James Michener once said, “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” I think that’s where most of us are, which might be why many writing gurus like Anne Lamott encourage bad first drafts, but we won’t talk about