Indie Publishing Worksheet (15.7KB)
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The Plot Outline Exercise (49.5KB)
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September 23, 2014
In honor of National Women's Health & Fitness Day, I wanted to share some lessons I learned from running.
In March of 2011 I started jogging. Despite the occasional illness, injury, and ‘I don’t wannas,’ I’m still getting out regularly. On one long and rather tedious solo run, I started making connections between jogging and writing and life.
Get Some Running Buddies
It helps to have inspiration. I started jogging with a Couch to 5K group that met twice a week. Having the regular schedule kept us on track. The program helped us pace ourselves, starting with short runs and frequent walks, and working up to a 45 minute run. We also had an experienced leader to offer advice. (more…)
May 29, 2014
April 23, 2014
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February 4, 2014
What choice did she have? If they kept going through the house, eventually they would find her. She refused to think about what that might mean.
Jenny took a breath and held it. She had to go now. (more…)
August 30, 2013
I'm participating in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop this week, where romance authors share sexy excerpts (seven words, sentences, or paragraph). Here's one from my novel in progress, a romantic suspense involving artists and stolen paintings, tentatively titled Counterfeits.
His kiss sent her senses spinning like a kaleidoscope, flashing through a thousand vibrant color combinations. Her heart whispered yes. This was right, this was good. Here she could lose herself in the moment, finally quiet her busy mind, without losing her true self. Her spirit soared the way it did when she was painting and found that magical moment when everything fit, everything flowed. (more…)
August 8, 2013
A question came up on a listserv about writing novels that fit in two genres or cross genres. Will readers of one genre be disappointed or confused?
This got me thinking about my novels, which are romantic suspense… sort of.
What We Found, about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in (more…)
July 1, 2013
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I like both, depending on the individual, but if anything I am really a wild animal person. One of the benefits of my New Mexico home office is that I can look out the window (more…)
May 8, 2013
I'm still at work on "Art Theft Book 1" – hopefully I'll come up with an actual title before publication. I'm more than halfway through, but I'm going to pause and work through the manuscript from the beginning. I feel like I may be missing a few scenes. I'd like to be done by the end (more…)
March 21, 2013
I'm at work on a new book, the first in a planned trilogy set in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Here's a sample.
[Untitled]: Jenny returns to her grandparents' art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother's sudden death. That night, staying alone in her grandparents' empty house, she wakes to the (more…)
September 8, 2012
Then someone my brother knew, a basically nice but high-strung guy, flipped out when his wife was leaving him and killed her with an ax. I mentioned this during one of our college poker nights and said, "It’s astonishing that an ordinary person could break down like that."
The guy who’d found the body said, "Given what some people endure, it’s amazing that more people don’t."
Hmm. An interesting commentary on the human spirit.
While I have yet to meet a murderer, so far as I know, I did find myself involved in a murder case. Two friends and I were exploring the mountains, looking for some suitable gravel to try gold panning (because, why not?). We found a likely spot and were about to take a sample when the guys smelled something horrible. A glance in the right direction showed them a dead body hidden just out of sight of the path. (more…)