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...

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...

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...

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...

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...