Category Archives: Writing

What Good Writing and Good People Have in Common

In thinking about what makes writing good, I realized that many of the same qualities exist in good people. 1. Clarity. Good writing is clear. It makes its point without confusing you or weighing you down. Clear writing comes from … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Get Inspired to Write

Aspiring writers love to ask me where my inspiration comes from. It’s easily in the top three questions I get asked, when I’m asked about writing. The top three questions I get asked when I’m not being asked about writing … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Starting Your Story Well

All good stories, whether they are fictional or non-fictional, must begin with your hero in an emotional place quite different from the spot where he or she will end up. This is true of novels, memoir, literary journalism and films, … Continue reading

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Jessica Alba in the Dirty Girls Social Club Movie?

First, can I just say I am in awe of Jessica Alba? Is there anything this woman can’t do? She’s gorgeous, fit, a wonderful actress, a new and seemingly excellent mother, and now, she’s an author, too! Just like me! … Continue reading

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We Are Making a Dirty Girls Social Club Movie and Need Your Help!

I am pleased and proud to announce that I’ve formed my own film and TV production company, called VALDES ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES, INC., and that we have begun fundraising to make a feature film out of my bestselling novel The Dirty … Continue reading

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Casting Call — Seeking Teen Actors in NM for a Young Adult Book Trailer

As we gear up for the official publication of THE TEMPTATION OF DEMETRIO VIGIL, I’m putting together the script for a short video book trailer. I’m going to need ┬álocal New Mexico teen actors to portray the lead characters. While … Continue reading

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Agenting, Relationships and Love

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my relationships with literary agents. This is partly because I’m in the market for a new one, and am being extreeeeeemely selective this time around. It is also because, as I enter into … Continue reading

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