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...

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...

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...

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...

Funny Cide Reminds Us Dreams Do Come True

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. -- Joseph Addison I was reminded of Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, because he recently traveled from his retirement home at the Kentucky Horse Read More...

It’s all about persistence and aspiration

My personal trainer told me this week that to lose weight, it takes persistence and aspiration. He probably didn’t use the word “aspiration.” I picked it because it happens to be the name of one of my favorite lesson horses at Premier Stables—Calloway’s Aspiration—aka Dan. Read More...

I write romance because I like happily-ever-after endings

It’s that simple. There’s enough bad news in the media. There’s enough heartache in life. So I write romance because everything is tied up in a neat little bow at the end of the book. The hero and heroine are together. All’s right with the world. Sure, I know it’s a form Read More...

Meet multi-published and bestselling author Maddie James

What do you like about writing the Ladies of Legend series? Legend seems to be everyone's favorite town—at least that's what readers and reviewers are saying! It's also one of my favorite towns, and reminds me of my childhood home (a little). Although the setting is Read More...