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Get Out of Your Own Way
Colleen Thompson

Presented by Colleen Thompson

Ever find yourself unaccountably avoiding the cozy writing nook you once loved or using your computer for everything but writing? In "Get Out of Your Own Way: Tips on Stopping Self-Sabotage and Unlocking Your Potential," RITA-nominated author Colleen Thompson shares strategies for overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, self-criticism, and other monsters under the keyboard that can strike at any stage of a writer''s journey.

Bio: A former teacher and prolific speaker on the craft of writing, Colleen Thompson is the RITA-nominated author of 26 published or contracted books, from the fast-paced romantic thrillers she has written for Harlequin, Montlake, and Dorchester Publishing to the action-packed historical romances she wrote as Gwyneth Atlee for Kensington. Other honors include the National Readers'' Choice Award, multiple Romantic Times'' Top Picks, KISS Awards and nominations for Reviewer''s Choice Awards, Publisher''s Weekly starred reviews, and appearances on the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, Bookscan and Amazon bestseller lists.

Colleen''s most recent releases are Lone Star Survivor (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Dec. 2014), Lone Star Redemption (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, June 2014) and The Best Victim (Montlake Romance, April 2014. Visit Colleen online at