Author Archives: Carma Spence

The Internal Life of Cows

I have a conflicting relationship with cows. I love them. I love to look at them, touch them and hang out with them. I’ve had the opportunity to feed a cow, see cows mate and give birth, and even once … Continue reading

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Oh, the places a writer’s mind will go!

This morning, I went to the restroom to brush my teeth. I work on a university campus, so it was not strange to see a backpack in one of the stalls. What was strange was the complete lack of any … Continue reading

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Writers: Watch Your Headlines

They say the pen is mightier than the sword … and I do agree that it packs a powerful punch. “With great power comes great responsibility,” and this is so true of writers. Our words are powerful — especially when … Continue reading

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The Immune System’s Role in Longevity

One of the causes of a human’s “shortened” life span is the increased risk of infections and certain cancers caused the the reduced effectiveness of the immune system. You see, as we age, the thymus, which produces new T cells … Continue reading

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Lord Vayne – Chapter 4

Here is another sample chapter draft from Lord Vayne. Radu had the afternoon off. His father was caring for the goats now and he only needed to pick up a few things from the market and deliver some cheese from … Continue reading

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Romanian research: What’s in a name?

I wanted to have the novel take place in someplace that could be real, so I researched how towns might be named. I eventually chose Liniste Sat, which means quiet village in Romanian. This is a great name because it … Continue reading

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Lord Vayne – Chapter 3

Here is another sample chapter draft from Lord Vayne. This time, Maria approached Grigor’s grave with excitement and jubilation. The clearing seemed brighter, cheerier since her last visit. The twitter of thrush and tit lent a gaiety to what Maria … Continue reading

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Romanian Research – Vampires

I’ve watched so many movies and TV shows with vampires and even read a few books, so I have a general take on what vampires are about. However, there is a historic novel aspect to this work, so I wanted … Continue reading

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Lord Vayne – Chapter 2

Here is another sample chapter draft from Lord Vayne. Maria hummed as she walked into the chicken coop. The hens seemed to cluck in tune with her as she reached beneath them to collect the morning’s harvest of eggs. The … Continue reading

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Romanian research – Owls

When I started writing Lord Vayne, I had never stepped foot in Romania, where a bulk of the novel takes place. The only things I knew about the country I read in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. So, of course, I … Continue reading

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