Author Archives: Lisa Torcasso Downing

Sweet Clara and My Own

During a visit to the local library back when my daughter was four years old, I checked out several picture books, but the one I was most interested in reading with her was Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. For … Continue reading

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Confession of a Meanie

I strayed this week. After years of temptation, I drove 50 miles out of town to meet with writers in a workshop group of which I am not a member. My own writing group is small, sometimes redundant, and some … Continue reading

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What Does a “Good” Writer Write?

Back when she was Carol Lynch and I was Lisa Torcasso, before married names reversed our alphabetical order, making her a Williams and bumping her to the rear of the alphabet while I, as a new Downing,  leaped forward, we … Continue reading

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A Simple Pleasure

Sure, there’s a new war in Libya. And yes, I know Japan is radiating, and not in the good way. The value of my home has dropped 20% in the past couple years. But overnight, here in Texas, the bluebonnets … Continue reading

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So You’re a Writer, Huh?

They say: The stereotypical writer hangs out at Starbucks during the week, speaking to no one but the barista while there. At night, he drinks heavily, alone and in his one room flat. As a general rule, he only bathes … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and You

Last year, some kindly soul on the AML-list posted information about the then-new Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which bestows a $15,000 contract and publication with Penquin to its winners. There are two categories: One in mainstream and one in YA. Entries … Continue reading

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