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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Montana vacation spurs romance novel ideas

When my husband and I discussed a summer vacation, I suggested Montana. I wanted to see the state where I’d set four books in the The Montana McKenna’s series with Maddie James. Before writing my books, I had researched the Internet for the setting, a dude ranch in Read More...

Write what you know: single moms

In my last blog, I explored how novelists put their experiences into what they write. I also examined the idea in a blog for Gems in the Attic called “Write what you know. It’s fun!” Most of my Bluegrass Reunion Series are books about single moms. The heroines were Read More...

Do you put people you know in your books?

How many times have friends asked me that question? Once the ladies in accounting asked my husband (then my boy friend) if he was the inspiration for my love scenes. He blushed and ran quickly out of the cubicle where they were working. Robert McKee (author of Story: Read More...

Charming the Professor by Donna MacMeans is a winner

Welcome Donna! Tell us about your new novel. Many years ago I attended the RWA convention in New Orleans.  My roommate and I played hooky from the workshops by heading to the French Quarter for lunch.  We were on Royal St. and saw the shingle for the famous Court of Two Read More...