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Writers Helping Writers

Thank you Writera Magazine for featuring me and “The UnMatchables”! Sounds like this is a passionate and thrilling story, a lot of people will surely be intrigued to read it. Tell us more about it and how you’ve come around writing about this particular theme and its characters. Three ideas converged to launch The UnMatchables: […]

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Comfort & Joy

It’s easy to conjure the specter of Ebenezer or wear the green-faced Grinch scowl and Debbie Downer pout behind the mandatory mask this holiday season. Indoor dining and late-night gathering restrictions have cancelled annual festive get-togethers with friends. Social distancing adds a layer of frustration to shopping. Santa Claus calls ho-ho-ho from behind a thick […]

The Day Before Book Bums

For two hours, authors will ask each other three questions from the comfort and safety of the space where we create. What have you worked on and/or learned in the past year? What do you need help with on your current project? What are you looking to tackle next year? I’m ready with the answers […]

Two Days to Book Bums

Question #3 from my fellow Book Bum Workshop authors: What are you looking to tackle next year? Answer: Write and publish two novels, each in a different genre, both the second book in a series. How will I do that? Identify the theme. Outline the plot. Create the characters. People want to read about people. […]

Three Days to Book Bums

Question #2 from my fellow authors virtually attending this annual workshop: What do you need help with on your current project? Answer: Plot! Related FAQ: What comes first: theme or plot? I didn’t realize that I was writing to theme until the lengthy rewrite of my first romantic suspense novel flicked on the lightbulb in […]

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Four Days to Book Bums

Saturday workshop question #1: What have I worked on and/or learned in the past year? A timely move to rural Nova Scotia ahead of a pandemic that closed the U.S. border opened the possibility to rewrite and publish one book and rapid write another. My author genre shift from romance to romantic suspense wasn’t as […]

The UnMatchables Case#1 : Danger Noted

Romantic Suspense  Private investigators Eddie Emerson and Kelly Gillespie specialize in deep dive background checks for clients wary of an intimate partner who seems too good to be true. Their first slam dunk case pivots deadly. Jacob Malone has fallen in love with the lovely first chair cellist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cherise Blanchet’s […]

Friday Life Footnotes

“Happy Birthday, Daddy” “Well, hell-OOOH.” I grin at the sound of the steady, familiar voice, unaffected by advanced age. “How are you doing, Dad?” My voice travels back to him over 2,100 miles, from my new home in Nova Scotia to his room at a nursing home in my Iowa hometown. “I’m feeling pretty good. […]