How do you research Murder? How many people did you have to kill to get it right? Uh! What, wait a minute… Contrary to some the writing sources I’ve studied, you don’t have to write JUST what you know. You can figure somethings out by relating them with similar experiences, or by taking classes, watching YouTube videos or documentaries. You don’t have to kill your … Continue reading How Do You Research Murder?
How many mistakes have I made on my journey to becoming a published author? Hmm, there are too many to name, but I will start with a few lingering ones that will hopefully help someone else when they are looking to get published. My first mistake was FEAR! I was afraid of trying to get published. I was scared to let others read my work. … Continue reading FEAR, my first mistake
Don’t Worry Be Happy I believe in happy endings. While I can’t quite call myself a romance writer, I still believe in happy ever after, or happy for now. Okay, maybe happyish. Since I like to blow things up and kill people off (usually the bad guys), not everyone is going to have their happy ending. Well I’m usually happy about it. I’m having way … Continue reading Don't Worry, I Still Believe in Happy Endings
What’s happening with the Romance Writers of America? I’ve had several people ask me “What’s going on with RWA?” How do I even begin to explain? While the big pimple on the face of the organization might have imploded with the wrongful suspension and false allegations against Courtney Milan, the blemishes we’ve been covering up go much deeper and have been going on for much … Continue reading What’s Happening with the RWA
I do not believe a writer ever stops learning. If we stop learning, we become stagnate and die. Like something caught in the old pool in the back yard, you can swim around in the sludge for a while a little slimy but happy enough. After a while, the things that begin to grow on the bottom of the pool start to choke out the … Continue reading Stagnate We Die
The end of a decade. As we prepare to ring in the new year and the new decade, I find myself looking back over the past ten years. So much has happened in such a short time. After winning the Ann Peach Award in 2009 and joining Romance Writers of America, I started truly thinking about being a published writer ending the last decade on … Continue reading What a Decade!
Some of my favorite things… I love our community Christmas parade. From the time I was in high school until my children were grown, there were very few parades I did not participate in. I have been a clown and a beauty queen. I have marched with the Aurora Woman’s Club, rode on floats with clubs and my church. I have led the parade and … Continue reading What I Love About Christmas
I am a child at Christmas. No matter how old I get, I am still excited by the Christmas lights adorning houses and stores, intricately woven onto boats and stylishly fashioned on business marquees. I stare in wonder and awe at displays of homemade ornaments and family heirlooms, delicate glass balls, wrought metal sculptures, paintings, and nature crafts. I hum along with familiar songs, belting … Continue reading What Christmas Means to Me
As Thanksgiving nears, I become increasingly aware of all I have to be thankful for. Somethings are huge and often become just the background of my life. I don’t want to become complacent and forget what I have. I am blessed. I live in a country where I am free to speak my mind, worship the way I believe and have friends who have differences … Continue reading So Much to Be Thankful For