All things relating to the writing craft from developing the idea, plotting and pantsing, the search for an agent, self-publishing, and typing the end.
I don’t often use my blog as a soap box, but today I must. I married into a newspaper family whose roots run deep in the journalistic history of our nation, but that’s not what has prompted this post today. Recently I began actively writing a story that started brewing in the fall of 2013. … more
It seemed to be a week of deception in my TBR pile, and I can safely say: I’ve never read so many well written lies in my life. To kick it off, we had Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, which takes a look at domestic violence and what a person does to hide it. It… more
The hubby and I recently watched both Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II. And in watching them, I realized what an impact these movies had on my development as a writer. Most specifically, it was the second movie that had the greatest impact, but in order for me to fully explain, you need to… more
I write romance novels. If this is a surprise to you, I’d be a little concerned. When I tell people what I write, I get the shocked “oh” of unsettled-ness or the bright eyes of disbelief. I once had a woman come up to me at one of my husband’s work functions and say, “I… more
I get asked two things quite a bit. One: Where do your ideas come from? Two: Will I end up in your book? To the first I say, I don’t know. (See previous post.) To the second, I say yes, of course. Ask my husband. Or better yet, don’t ask him. My mother-in-law does not… more
It’s true. I judge books by their covers. Recently, I had the dubious honor of serving as a judge in a writing contest. I received my packet of books in the mail, ripped it open, and spilled its contents on my dining room table to see what goodies I had received. Only to cringe back… more
I joyfully released When She Falls: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book Two into the wild on January 21, and I gleefully checked that book off of my to do list without batting an eyelash at the extravagant use of adverbs. I sat back and basked in the anticipation of starting a new project. Until I got… more