A Writer’s Muse

Of all my heroes, Dax Drexel is the top readers’ favorite over any other character I’ve written before. He’s a master carpenter and woodworker with a show room on Seventh Avenue, thanks to his father’s business acumen. He’s blue-collar, rough around the edges, and fun in a wholesome, non-drama way like the rest of myContinue reading “A Writer’s Muse”

An Alternative Chapter and Why I Write Them

I used to be a plotter. I used to have graphs and questionnaires galore about my characters, who they were, where they grew up, and in the great big plan that was my novel, what was going to happen to them. Then when I’d finish filling notebooks about their journey, I’d snap it shut andContinue reading “An Alternative Chapter and Why I Write Them”

Cezanne Got It Right

'A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.' – Paul Cezanne https://t.co/hQfEoj6xee pic.twitter.com/TmB7vRRMte — Tate (@Tate) April 14, 2017 I’m sure many writers feel like this about our art. We write from an emotion, a feeling… something that we can’t exactly put a name to, not when 50,000 words willContinue reading “Cezanne Got It Right”

Musings Over Sunday Coffee: “the failed novelist”

Years of work and emotional investment wasted, I finally gave up, to save my sanity. But I’m scarred. …I still read, but stick to the classics. I have next to no interest in contemporary fiction and avoid literary debuts by British female writers, which all seem so safe and samey. I’ve a higher tolerance for AmericanContinue reading “Musings Over Sunday Coffee: “the failed novelist””

Making Your Unknown Known

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you…” – Georgia O’Keefe Source: Georgia O’Keeffe on Success, Public Opinion, and What It Means to Be an Artist, in a Letter to Sherwood Anderson – Brain Pickings Yesterday I wasContinue reading “Making Your Unknown Known”

Character Arcs Via #StorySocial

Today I received a note from my editor telling me that she’ll have my manuscript back a week early, which means I have to finish my current WIP by Sunday. It’s supposed to be 20K words only, something to tide me over while waiting to dive back into her edits and so now it’s crunchContinue reading “Character Arcs Via #StorySocial”

Women of Influence

Today someone asked the following question in a group I’m in: “Which women have been instrumental in shaping your writing career?” I have two, and while it might be a bit of a lengthy account, I hope you’ll bear with me. The first person who comes to mind is my 8th-grade principal, Sister Gerri.  Back then,Continue reading “Women of Influence”

Some Days, Not So Pretty

The life of this full-time writer means waking up, getting breakfast ready, waking up the kid and getting him ready for school (which is always a battle) and then after I drop him off, it’s back home to write. I usually take a break to take a long walk with friends to the beach or walkContinue reading “Some Days, Not So Pretty”

I May Have To Start Watching TV Again

The last time I faithfully watched something on TV (or my iPhone for that matter in case it featured cannibals and zombies and I have a kid-friendly house) was Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s reimagining of Thomas Harris’ The Red Dragon, featuring Hannibal Lecter played by the amazing Mads Mikkelsen. So, yes, it’s been a long time.Continue reading “I May Have To Start Watching TV Again”

So I Got Featured…

Yup, just like the titles says, I got featured over at Instafreebie and I forgot to tell anyone all about it.  And then I realized nine days later, that because they post every day, if I didn’t at least find the link to it, then I’ll never find it! So here it is, and IContinue reading “So I Got Featured…”