The Value of Face-to-Face Research

There is this cute UK TV movie with David Tennant called The Decoy Bride.  In the movie, Tennant plays a very successful writer who wrote a book about a small island off the coast of Scotland.  The book is popular and highly praised. His fiance decides to have their wedding on the very same island. Read more

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Ways to Grow as an Author: Feedback in Reviews

I love my friends and family. I love that I’m surrounded by supportive people who enjoy reading and want me to be a successful author. I know this is not something that all writers (and sometimes most writers) are lucky to have. I’ve heard stories from other authors about what it’s like and how theyRead more

Not A Book Tour

Not A Book Tour: Vermont

October was a big month for travel because I had two big trips.  The first was a trip to Vermont for a library conference.  I was going as a leader within the within the organization and because I was going to be doing a session about bullet journaling.  It has been a few years sinceRead more

Not A Book Tour

Not A Book Tour: Salem, MA 2017

One project I quietly work on is my Northanger Abbey modernization that I might be co-writing with a friend.  We are turning it into a story about modern ghost hunting and haunted home fans.  New England, and Massachusetts specifically, is a great place to do this kind of research because our communities are so old. Read more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2018 Reflection

It was a crazy November this year.  This NaNoWriMo was probably my most productive ever.  Yes, I did hit the 50,000 word goal, but that’s not really a challenge for me.  Today I’m going to reflect on the goals I set for myself in November, how they evolved, and what comes next. I had threeRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo: Making A Mess of Sex Scenes

There are only a few days left, but I’ve officially won NaNoWriMo!  It happened suddenly on Saturday when I realized I had forgotten to update word counts a few times.  Like 10,000 words worth of forgotten updates.  A huge chunk of those words made up three sex scenes.  Today I want to share my historyRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo: When All Your Plans Change

I think most people who have heard me talk or read this blog long enough to get to know me know I’m very goal oriented.  A friend, who has since passed away, often complained that I was so goal oriented that I rarely stopped to enjoy my success before I was on to the nextRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1 Progress

We are a little under a week into NaNoWriMo and so far, I have been doing much better than I expected.  Today, I’m going to talk about what has been going on with the projects this year. So, if you have been paying attention to this blog, you know I’ve been struggling with the entireRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo: Flying By the Seat of My Pants

Back in November 2014, just a few months after I wrote Modern Persuasion, I decided to take on my first mystery story.  For the first time I had a completely original idea.  I wasn’t basing it on fan fiction and I wasn’t using Jane Austen as my model.  I had my own, original characters.  IRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Woodhouse Cafe and Yarn

How is it October?  Wasn’t I just working on a project in July?  Do I really have to think about what I’m working on this November? I guess I should!  It’s not a problem, I’ve actually been thinking a lot about how I’m going to spend November.  I have one project that I need toRead more