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Interview with Paige Cummings

What made you want to be a writer?

Have always wanted to. Used to follow my father on his medical rounds in the community and write down people's stories. Now when the voices in my head talk, I listen to them and write it down

Tell us a bit about your latest book?

Upcoming book is romantic suspense, but it is starting to read more like HenLit. Its a rumble-tumble story of mixed identity, twin cousins, genealogy and valuable missing documents from the National Archives

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

www.paigecummings.com www.southernscribes.us and I am on Facebook PaigeMC


What advice do you have for other writers?

Writing is the easy part. Having the patience to do it right, to be weilling to ruthlessly edit where necessary, learning the technical stuff like point-of-view, staying in tense, not head-bobbing, showing not telling---those are the hard things. Then selling your book. Then all the marketing. It is a never ending circle. But don't stop writing

Do you belong to a writers group? How does it help your writing career

Absolutely, and yes it helps. I have been a Harriette Austin Writer for 15 years, we meet weekly (at a local University); I'm also a Southern Scribe, also meets weekly; and I am with The Dabbling Muses, which is an on-line critique group through The Muse. Writing groups and critique groups help me because they provide focus, consistency and a little urgency to my writing. When you know you 8 people are expecting you to read... you start writing. Having immediate review helps you stay focussed on the characters and the plot. Believe me, my critique group will tell me when I have strayed from the course. And they tell me if my characters sound a bit flat or predictable, or if the dialogue is clunky.

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