A fortune cookie once told me: A short pencil is more enduring than a long memory. I don’t know about you, but that little slip of paper knew how my brain works. Yeah, my memory has the half-life of a gnat. “Brilliant” ideas appear at the most inopportune times and fade away before I can …Read More
It has been scientifically proven that good habits are easy to break. There’s rarely social support for “good” habits like eating vegetables, controlling portion sizes, honestly assessing yourself, recognizing your talents, or doing monthly breast exams. We all know these things are necessary, but the stores still sell candy bars at the checkout, the restaurants …Read More
Pat, a plethora of thanks for allowing me to spew my verbiage on the site that is your Intranets web document. I wish you the best of luck on your medical procedure, although I’m not too sure total body plastic surgery is the way to go. Still, it’s your choice if you wish to look …Read More
In the book world, “voice” is a difficult-to-define but prized element. “I can’t describe voice,” editors say, “but I know it when I see it.” When conceptualizing my latest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Death on the Prairie, I’ve thought a lot about finding a voice—and not just my own as a writer. Chloe is curator of …Read More
By Jason P. Henry (Conference Director, 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference) I’d like to believe my writing abilities have come a long way since I first started. I could attribute my improvement to many things, but there’s one factor that I hold in highest regard. That is the multitude of amazing people I have met …Read More
Thanks for inviting me to guest, Patricia! It is a rare book event where some version of the question, “What is your process?” doesn’t come up. Heck, I want to know how other writers create stories out of nothing, too. Alas, I still haven’t discovered the magic formula. So instead I thought I’d share a …Read More
Many people divide literary fiction from mystery fiction based on considering these elements: memorable characters and/or prose, sensory details, pacing (timing of events); high stakes; and tone (serious to humorous.) Which elements do these literary fiction authors, and one mystery writer, incorporate into their work? Most of these authors use all the elements. Since they’re …Read More
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy in Northern California but sometimes I miss the . . . old stuff that surrounded me in Scotland. The mediaeval streets, the fortified castles, the Roman walls, and of course the really old stuff: the standing stones. I’ve got an ambivalent attitude to standing stones, actually. I sort …Read More
I am honored to have special guest Catriona McPherson on my blog tomorrow. She has a new book coming out early next month and it sounds like a great read.
Laura Michaela Banse will receive an ebook copy of The Lady in Pink by J.A. Kazimer Congratulations, Laura!!