Hello from Scotland

2017-05-02T14:15:10-07:00

By this time of night, my body still reminds me that it started the wake-up process at 4am thanks to minor lingering jet lag, so this will just be a fly-by post. After a couple

Scotland Research Trip

2017-04-25T14:43:05-07:00

This Friday, I depart for a research trip in Scotland. Much of it will be family-history related, but not all, and I'm excited about the other parts, too. Two years ago, I spent the last

On Writer’s Block

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

I'll let you in on a secret: I haven't written a word in two months. This is a highly unusual state of affairs for me. Even when the words aren't flowing easily, and there have

Mastering Writing Craft?

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

I was skimming through a bunch of blog posts recently, and came across one that said an unnamed "famous" writer had mastered his craft and no longer needed editorial help. I've since lost track of

Three Things on a Friday Afternoon

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

This topic came up in a random conversation the other day, and I thought it was a fun one to put on the blog, mostly because I'd really love to hear your own answers to

Catching up on Links

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

Today is one of those rare days when I'm taking an hour to catch up on reading all the cool links I've clicked through to and left sitting open on my browser until I have

Women's Fiction: Your Favourite Quiet Reads

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

I write what are typically called "quiet books", women's fiction with character-driven stories about relationships and the choices we make and human emotions and all that good stuff. Not surprisingly, those are also the kinds

Stopping to Listen

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

I’m not writing today. I’m tempted. I have a story that’s been talking to me for a couple of weeks now, asserting itself with scene ideas when I’m trying to sleep, keeping my mind occupied

Query Tips From My Inbox

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

I don't claim to be an expert on query letters, and I'm not a literary agent. But in my day job as a conference coordinator, I get a LOT of inquiries from people who are

Writing Inspiration

2017-04-22T17:36:06-07:00

Happy new year! I took a couple of weeks off over the holidays. I started out the month by accepting Nephele Tempest's December writing challenge, in which you try to find at least fifteen minutes