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The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs

I got interviewed by Gayle Krause over at her blog:

The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs: Go over and visit! Thanks!

1.      When and where do you write? That ’ s the trick of it, isn ’ t it? I steal time throughout the day — first thing in the morning...

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Let it snow!
Let it snow!
Let it snow!

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