LB Gschwandtner

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Sept 11th.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

On that day in 2001, I was at home in Virginia when the phone rang and a friend told me to turn on the TV. The first plane had hit the North Tower. Smoke billowed out of the gash from the 92nd. to the 98th. floors. My daughter, the artist, 24 years old at the time, was in her Chelsea studio on west 23rd. Street. My husband was in midtown preparing for a morning meeting. I called my daughter first. She was frantic, bewildered, in shock. Not knowing what was happening or if there was going to be a larger attack, I told her to leave her studio...

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Southern Living with True Grit

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 in Blog | 15 comments

I’ve been asked to write something on the subject of “Southern Living” for what’s been titled The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour. Phew, that’s a southern fried mouthful. But hey, here in the south we’re used to chewing on some real gritty morsels. And speaking of grits, let’s consider the southern love affair with that oh-so-misunderstood food group, the grit. It’s a group because it’s always referred to as grits (plural) and because it’s always accompanied by other foods. Which makes it a...

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A Confederacy of Authors

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

An article that recently appeared on HuffPo Sticks & Stones: The Changing Politics of the Self-Publishing Stigma by Terri Giuliano makes the case that a) self publishing (referred to by us Indie authors as Indie Pubbing) is growing fast, b) some authors published by traditional houses resent this, c) sales for ebooks are climbing, d) sales of paperback books are declining, and e) a bunch of other points too numerous to detail here. Just read the article if you’re so inclined. While the article is well researched and full of juicy...

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Joyce Carol Oates & Notes On The Failure Of Writing

Posted on May 3, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Writers love to write. They have to because if they didn’t love the process, the rest would just be too damned disappointing. Writers also love to write about writing. Over the years, I’ve read many essays on writing – Annie Dillard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Simon, Stephen King, Daphne DuMaurier, Pearl Buck, Bob Bausch, and many others. I’ve learned from all of these essays, and come to appreciate each one’s unique approach to the blank page they fill with such life. Earlier this year (or maybe late last year) I bought and read The...

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My Life @ Amazon

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s been eighteen months since I began my great experiment @ Amazon as an Indie author. In fact, my debut month coincided with the receipt of my first social security check. Both auspicious events that I hope will continue. During that time I’ve seen the Kindle publishing experiment explode in popularity with both readers and authors. In a previous post I outlined the reasons for and against going Indie so I won’t repeat that here. But I would like to share some of my impressions of what has happened to other Indies I...

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Thoughts On Pros & Cons of Going Indie

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

I’ll be on a panel at AWP in February (2012) so I’ve created this little handout for whoever attends. I thought I’d share it with others who won’t be there. It’s a list of the reasons I had for becoming an Indie author. And then a list of the reasons I came up with against becoming an Indie author. Hint: that list is shorter. By the way, I’ve now published five books as an Indie. One with co-author Karen Cantwell. And two under my pen name L B Swan and co-author’s pen name Hope Chandler. I leave it...

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An Interview about The Naked Gardener

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Here are a few questions readers have asked about The Naked Gardener How did you come up with the idea of a naked gardener? A: At a certain point in my life, I knew three women who gardened naked. They all had different takes on why they did it but all of them felt it was really important to them. So I began to think about a woman who goes to her garden naked and what that might mean and in what ways it was liberating for her and important in her life. Is the concept, um, autobiographical? A: No. Except that I love to nurture and grow living...

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A NEW (and exciting) Paranormal Romance Series — All About Wishing

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in Blog | 2 comments

Well, Shelly’s Second Chance, The Wish Granters, Book One is now available at (hint: My co-author and I are both writing under pen names for this series but it’s still us, and I’m still LB from We’re so excited, especially because we’re looking forward to hearing from all of you. Share YOUR wish by entering The Wish Granters contest. All about that below. And pick up your copy of Shelly’s Second Chance. Let us know if you think Shelly made the right decision (after making a...

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To Genre or Not To Genre

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

In a blog post at The Millions, my friend and co-author (more about that later), Kim Wright, has posted an eye-opening piece about the switch going on in publishing these days. What switch? The one from writing literary novels to producing genre works. You know, thriller, mystery, romance, suspense, YA … the list goes on. The point of her post is simply that this switch is happening for one very good reason. Genre sells. So why didn’t this happen before? How come the so-called “literary” novel has been on the new...

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A Beautiful Student, Trouble for a Teacher

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

Robert Bausch – seasoned writer and beloved teacher of writing, has just published a heartfelt novel about a teacher becoming overly involved with a beautiful female student who has a reputation for trouble. What kind of trouble? Well, that’s the story. I spoke with Bob about writing his latest book, In The Fall They Come Back. It’s his seventh book, BTW. I’ve included a list of his books at the end of this post. And another BTW, Bob wrote the novel, Almighty Me, which became the movie Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey. Yep, that’s...

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