May 25, 2016

Alas, Procrastination, I know ye well.


Despite my best intentions, I sometimes find myself doing things that don't exactly hasten my progress on the next novel. 


Here's a partial list of ways I dilly dally:


1. Working. 


2. Thinking about working. 


3. Res...

May 7, 2016



I’ve found that writing a novel is sort of like getting serious about a guy. As soon as you tell people, the questions start rolling in.


Where can I buy your book?


What do you mean it isn’t published yet?


Okay, so what exactly does an agent do?


What’s the big deal ab...

May 1, 2016

Maybe this should become my theme song? 




April 15, 2016

Oh look. It's almost time to Revise. Again.  



April 4, 2016




I’m not a fan of the spotlight.


That was actually one of the main appeals of becoming a writer. I could hide in the wings, writing dialogue for the actors to perform onstage, waiting for someone to call out, “Line?!” before I crawled back to the greenroom and the co...

March 31, 2016

Every great novel has a great beginning.


For A Tale of Two Cities, it's “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For Moby Dick there's the oft-quoted “Call me Ishmael.”


Yet one of my favorite first lines may also be the simplest: “This is what happened,”...

March 20, 2016

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”






It’s funny. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life writing for my supper. Yet it’s only now that the world (okay, 97 people on Facebook) knows I’ve penned a book that I sudde...

March 13, 2016

I've been writing for more than 20 years, first as a nationally award-winning copywriter and now as a mystery novelist. A firm believer that deadpan can be dead-on, I combine funny with frightening to craft page-turners of mystery and suspense.

My debut mystery, Agatha...

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March 13, 2016

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