November 22, 2017

‘Tis the season for thankfulness prompts, gratitude 5Ks and Hallmark movies reminding us of all of the ways our lives are enriched. In truth, many of us are mindful of the ways in which we are blessed all year long. I know I try to practice an attitude of gratitude on...

I'm delighted to host Dr. Amy Rogers, author, scientist and all-around-amazing human being! Read on for the skinny on the SciFi/SciThri genres and why you should check out her books, including The Han Agent, which releases September 5th (http://www.sciencethrillersmedi...

August 16, 2017

The amazing women of Jungle Red Writers invited me to guest blog. What a thrill! I'm a huge fan of these authors, with a special devotion to Hank (who so kindly blurbed my book) and Hallie (who I met at the Willamette Writers' Conference years ago and endured my fan-gi...

August 8, 2017

How did an advertising copywriter and former English major end up writing a medical thriller?

Check out my guest post at to find out--and for a chance to win an ARC of Protocol!

July 20, 2017

A preview of coming attractions, coming soon to a book store or Kindle near you. :)

June 7, 2017

I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to hide.

In the back of the room. Behind my hair. Beneath turtlenecks and to-do lists and extra pounds accrued by the abiding grace of beer and nachos.

Covered. Guarded. Censored.

I didn’t always seek the shade of anonymity. I was t...

April 24, 2017

It’s a question Bill Shakespeare asked half a millennium ago (give or take), and it’s something pondered by both parents and novelists as we deliberate over the names of those we bring into the world. After all, names are more than amalgamations of letters. They have t...

March 17, 2017

Salinger has been on my mind a lot these days. Not just because as a literature major I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye almost as many times as I’ve read Beowulf. (Fun fact: The only way I’ll ever read Beowulf again is if I have a limitless supply of mead prepared by Gr...

January 27, 2017

Writing, like parenting, is rife with advice.

“Have a writing routine.”

“Never use the passive voice.”

“Burp after feeding.”

Okay, so maybe that last one belongs under the parenting column, but, really, it could have gone either way.  

One of the most common pearls of wisdo...

December 7, 2016

There’s an old adage among authors: “You can’t edit a blank page.”

It’s advice I took to heart when I found myself spinning my wheels with Protocol. After months of slogging through a sea of nouns and verbs, I had an embarrassing number of pages. When I told a bestselli...

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