Spring cleaning and finishing a novel

After I write “the end” on the last page of a manuscript and then send it off to my editor, it’s time to do a bit of spring-cleaning—specifically tossing out all my notes from the current book. The third book of my Bluegrass Homecoming series, Nom de Plume, comes out in Read More...

Good people find their way to Alley Cat Advocates

Good people are everywhere. I’m reminded of the fact every time I volunteer for Alley Cat Advocates. Several years ago, I lost my volunteer opportunity when a therapeutic riding facility closed. I’d volunteered at lessons there for five years. Looking around for another Read More...

My Lord Raven has a long backstory

Writing my medieval and bringing it to publication has been quite a process. I started in 1995 with an idea. The first chapter won the Wisconsin Romance Writers’ historical contest in 1997 where it garnered this quote from editor Micki Nuding, “The clean writing was a pure Read More...

Personal appearances in 2017

I've scheduled a few upcoming book signings. It's fun to meet readers in person, not just online. Come and join me if you're in the area. My favorite book signings were the ones I did with Maddie James back in the day when we wrote for Precious Gems. A few Gems authors Read More...

Christmas Memories

Why do we run ourselves ragged before the Christmas holidays? Why do we shop until we drop? Decorate the house inside and out? Fret over new Elf on the Shelf locations? Because we have wonderful Christmas memories of family gatherings at grandmother’s house, toys from Read More...

Writing Secrets—Release Day

Sometimes books take many paths to publication. I wrote the novel Secrets a few years ago, choosing to explore a romance about a woman caught between the past and her desire to create a new life for herself. I wanted to submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher, Read More...

Perspective: we’ve always had it hard

In 2012, I wrote a blog called Recalling History Gives Meaning to Today. The blog reflected on my book A Groovy Christmas and the history of 1968 I had researched when writing it. I won’t lie. I remember 1968 vividly. I was a carefree teenager back then. I thought about Read More...

American Cowboy, the Legend

Why do we love the legendary American cowboy? Answer: Because he (or she) is who we want to be. Real cowboys (and cowgirls like Annie Oakley) became romanticized in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, because the public admired the qualities they represented. A Read More...

Welcome Nancy Fraser! Big Cover Reveal: Eye of the Pharaoh

The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about following a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. For the longest time afterward, I couldn’t get the images of ancient Egypt out of my head. Then, out of the blue, I received a gift from a relative who had passed...a gorgeous Read More...

I was a reader before I was a writer

Sometime after second grade and by the time I discovered Black Stallion books in the fourth grade, I started loving to read. My ninth grade teacher Mrs. Neff encouraged us to buy and keep books. You can see I have many of them in my library today. Mrs. Neff also Read More...