Character Connection

Want to listen to this post instead? Check out the YouTube version. In my forthcoming novel, As Though You Were Mine, my main character, Julie, is confronted with the death of her brother and sister-in-law. When my agent at the time and I sent it around to various editors, we initially received consistent feedback that… Continue reading Character Connection


Writing What You Know: Abstracts of a Marriage and Separation

  My parents went through the most amicable divorce of anyone I have ever known. There was no yelling and screaming before their split, during, nor after. I’m sure there were resentments for quite a time, but for my outwardly calm parents, I sure didn’t see any of it. At age 11, when they sat… Continue reading Writing What You Know: Abstracts of a Marriage and Separation

Reading · Writing

“Smile,” They Said.

Warning: Rant Ahead Related: NOT political …except for starting with the story about at least one male journalist’s commentary about Secretary Clinton’s primary wins last week. I liked Valenti’s article in The Guardian about this as she helped accentuate the principal irritation with the journalist’s “Smile. You just had a big night.” tweet. Valenti says:… Continue reading “Smile,” They Said.


The Conundrum of a “Found” Manuscript

Okay, yes, I’m going to join in with all the ruckus about Harper Lee’s latest novel, released today, Go Set a Watchman. Join me? And no, I haven’t read it; so if that’s going to make you crazy, consider this fair warning. On the other hand, I’m not planning on spending a bunch of time… Continue reading The Conundrum of a “Found” Manuscript