Author Archives: Lori Hart Beninger

About Lori Hart Beninger

Lori Hart Beninger is a native California writer with three critically acclaimed historical novels (Embracing the Elephant, A Veil of Fog and Flames, and A Peculiar Peace) that follow two 19th century young adults as they struggle with survival and acceptance in the pivotal era of the California Gold Rush up to the American Civil War. Please visit www.ontrackpublishing.com for synopses, availability, reviews, and more.

The Write Choices – On Which We Stand

I’m talking shoulders. We stand (or at least sit) on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Societies change because of the efforts of individuals who strive to make a difference for humankind, sometimes in the wilderness but … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Watch out for flying pigs

I have never hidden the fact that I want to be known as an author – I didn’t write my books for no one to read! But despite some expensive attempts at marketing, with reputable companies like Kirkus, I have … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Inspiration Interruptus

I have written nothing for nine months. The “Stay-at-Home” orders following eruption of the coronavirus accorded me a perfect opportunity to write. I had time to dive deep into research already begun for the final volume of my American tetralogy, … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – The Right Words Matter

Ernest Hemingway is credited with saying: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.“ Poet Laureate Billy Collins writes: “I am entirely pure: nothing but a skeleton at a typewriter.“ Powerful words that evoke … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – What a Character!

I’m a thief. When I write, I don’t build characters like a sculptor might fashion statues – from raw materials. Instead, I steal the essence of a real human being and mold that into my story. I want to populate … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Living History: A Perspective

History is happening all around us. We are living it now, even though it won’t be called “history,” per se, for several years. Every generation lives the history that will populate books at a later time. Every moment has its … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Editing

I am fortunate – I’ve worked with some tremendous editors on my novels. Because of that, I’ve come to realize that a good editor is a writer’s best friend. Trust me. They make your writing better. They dig through your … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Research

If you haven’t discovered Master Class yet, you have to try it. Master Class is a selection of webinars by famous people from all industries (including writers) who share their experiences and techniques in engaging interviews. I’m making this plug … Continue reading

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The Write Choices – Relevance and Truth

We humans enjoy remarkable communications technologies. We experience unprecedented booms on Wall Street, rapid globalization, almost daily rags-to-riches stories (especially out of the San Francisco Bay Area). At the same time, we witness (and, in increasing numbers, participate in) extraordinary … Continue reading

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…and the walls come a tumblin’ down.

On Friday, June 19th, a statue of Father Junipero Serra was pulled down by a group of protesters – which renders a lot of the statements in this post (originally dated earlier in the same week) obsolete. Still, I firmly … Continue reading

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