Beyond Disney’s Magic and Miami’s Glitz

When you think of Florida, do you immediately think 1) Spring break on the beach or 2) Disney? If so, you’re not alone. But Florida, believe it or not, offers much more than that. I live in Central Florida, and when we moved up here from S. Florida’s hustle and bustle 25 years ago, we… Read More

Just Like Her (Neighbor)

Be Ready to Have Chills Run Down Your Spine… As an author, we regularly (at least pre-2020) had days in which odd things happen because of our profession. Yet, odd doesn’t even begin to touch the events that led to the writing of my latest novel Just Like Her, Book 1 of the True Crimes Series. This novel is based on a true story—and not just any true story, but that of my neighbor, Glenn Dibley—the perpetrator of the crimes and homicides showcased on its pages.

Long Summer at Home

Since I’m housebound like the rest of the country, and unable to make my usual summer treks to see friends and attend various conferences, I thought I would wistfully talk about my summer plans. Fortunately, my home state of Montana is one of the nicest places in the world to spend the summer.  Mountains so… Read More

A Character’s Voice

Hearing a character’s voice in your head is one of the strangest parts of writing.  Each voice is distinct, unique to that person in some way.  How does it happen? That is a question I have yet to satisfactorily answer. A novel is constructed by using different tools, description, narrative, setting, and dialog among them. … Read More

Snow and Ice in the Summer?

Yes, please give me more. At least that’s how I felt when I lived in the south! Several years ago when I lived in Texas, I was preparing to write a series set there, and it was hot, so hot. Ninety days or more of three digit temperatures. My mind went to Alaska—I really wanted… Read More

1 Writing in Harrowing Times

A gif of a Dumpster fire would be pretty fitting image for my life the last several months. Like many writers, I tried to wedge in writing time during a pandemic. Then several family emergencies and a medical procedure/recovery happened. Writing in hospital rooms is actually not to be recommended, LOL. It was a surreal… Read More

The exploration of the sense of self in Fractures

Our sense of self is based on the ways in which we think about ourselves, as well as the way we view ourselves, the traits that make us, us, and what beliefs and purpose we think we have in this world and life. Therefore, we can say our sense of self, who we are as… Read More

How A Scaredy Cat Wrote A Romantic Thriller

I have a confession to make. I’m a big chicken. I’m the girl who checks the doors three times before bed to make sure they’re locked and made my husband get an alarm system because the golf club by my bed when he was away for work just wasn’t enough. I’ve never liked scary movies,… Read More

The Deception

As I was finishing the last few pages of my novel, THE DECEPTION, Hawk Maddox and Kate Gallagher’s story, I got an interesting phone call.  I’m fortunate to be represented by a literary agency in New York as well as an agency in Hollywood. Since I love movies, I’ve always wanted to see one of… Read More