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Karin Kallmaker Book News, Craft of Writing, Embrace in Motion, Painted Moon - Original Edition

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So I started reading Painted Moon, which is my fifth published book. I feared that in the intervening years the story had grown dated, or that my growth as a writer would have me itching to rewrite every other sentence. To my relief, both the story and my writing held up to my critical eye, though I found a tweak here and there that was essential. To be sure, there were passages I would tackle differently now, but overall, I was pleased. Well, except for the ellipses. Read More

Two Women Talking

You Have an Opinion and It Matters

Karin Kallmaker Readers and Libraries

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I love your books. More people should read them!

It’s a corollary to “I love lesbian books! How come so many lesbians don’t know they exist?” These are statements and questions often uttered at Golden Crown conventions and I don’t attend an event where someone doesn’t say something along those lines. The follow-up is often something like, “What Can I do to help?” Read More

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Thinking for a Living – and Thankful

Karin Kallmaker Awards and Reviews, Craft of Writing, Kiss That Counted


“Your characters are always people I feel like I know.”

It was a simple comment from a reader last week at the Golden Crown convention, and one I really appreciated. We went on to discuss how I draw on real life and I’ve been mulling over the reader’s parting comment – that I must have interesting friends and family to have so much material to work with. Read More

That Pivotal Moment in Every Love Story

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing, Stepping Stone


One of the challenges of writing romance novels is using a tried-and-true formula. Some theorists might suggest that makes writing them easier, but I disagree. If I wanted to write the same romance novel over and over, it might be simpler, but I want every novel to have fresh characters, a new setting, a unique (to me at least) underlying premise of conflict, and characters who have choices that previous characters haven’t faced. Read More

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Sharing Passion in Public

Karin Kallmaker Chocolate and Inspirations

Two Women Talking

A new guilty pleasure has entered my life: The Best Thing I Ever Ate. This half-hour food orgy showed up on the Food Network recently, and I’m hooked. The basic format is familiar stars like Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Rachel Ray choosing dishes within a theme, like “fried,” and discussing where they had the best item ever in that category. Sometimes the star is at the restaurant and a little featurette shows how the item was made. Read More