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...

I found nine books on my keeper shelf written by Roberta Gellis

  This week someone in a published writers’ group email list mentioned that multi-published author Roberta Gellis is ailing. The sad report sent me to my basement bookshelf where I discovered nine copies of Gellis’ books. Back in the day, before I wrote novels, I Read More...

Tangled Memories update still enjoyed by readers

I wrote Tangled Memories many years ago. It was one of the first books I wrote. When I released it again in January, I'd refreshed it with an eye to my current writing style. My editor Karen Block also gave it a polish. What do you know? It's still a good read! And now it Read More...

Holding your own paperback book is a treat

Ebooks are great. In fact, that’s how I buy most of my books today. I download them onto my Kindle app on my iPad. After all, Amazon makes it so easy to buy with one click. But there’s something about holding a book you wrote in your own hands—turning the pages, glancing Read More...

Why do your readers buy Tangled Memories?

On sale for 99 cents for a few more days! Tangled Memories is different from my normal contemporary romances. In a way, it defies classification. It’s a contemporary romance set in Kentucky. At the same time, it is a typical Gothic romance with the young heroine, Read More...

The Annual Christmas Letter: A Family Tradition

With the advent of email, FaceTime, Facebook and other social media—the practice of mailing Christmas cards to family and friends has slowed. Or stopped. I can keep in touch with folks I haven’t seen in years simply by clicking my Facebook Timeline. But it doesn’t matter. Read More...

Bible Verses Read as US Crew Orbited the Moon

Did you know? On December 24, 1968, in what was the most watched television broadcast at the time, the crew of Apollo 8 read in turn from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the moon. Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman recited verses 1 through 10, using the King Read More...

Change happens, so you must live with it

Change isn’t easy. It often takes me a long time to accept change. Once I’m comfortable with things as they are, I balk at doing things differently. But sometimes a person has no choice. Like the time I was called into the HR department and told I was part of the 10% Read More...