Good News for Readers (and Writers)!

A few hours ago, in the middle of the night here in the Eastern Time Zone, my Goodreads giveaway ended. No, I did not stay up to watch the clock wind down to the last-minute but obviously a few people did. When I looked at the entrants sometime in the last couple of days, the […]

10 Things I’d Like Authors to Give Me as a Reader

Since the times I remember sneaking off to read my mother’s books instead of doing the vacuuming, I’ve had a love affair with words on a page and the secret stories they tell. Here are some of the things that keep me coming back over and over to the second love of my life–reading. Characters […]

Play the Writer’s Long Game for Success

Writers have to be prepared to think in terms of the long game. First of all there’s the decision of actually becoming a writer and that’s often a hard one. Toughest for me was deciding long after I’d been writing my first novel for months that I really could be called a writer.  An author? […]

Caught in the Crossfire: Ordinary People

Yesterday the news was full of yet another shooting of innocent people, this time in San Bernardino, California. The reports are somewhat conflicting but what we do know is that fourteen people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time–at a holiday celebration!–are now dead and a good number more are […]

Lip-Syncing, Shyness and Publishing That Book

I’ve just watched a movie clip of my grandson lip-syncing and doing the living room dance to a song from Frozen, “Let it Go.” In the background I could see and hear the movie on TV and in the foreground our six-year-old gave it everything he had. He even ended up on the floor in […]

My Fingers Have a Mind of Their Own. Do Yours?

I used to hate it. Over and over I heard the same phrases. In fact, I heard those words so many times I began to think they were part of an author conspiracy that was as far-reaching as it was annoying. “I got to a point in writing the story where the door was opening […]