Category Archives: Writing and Being a Writer

All the news, lessons, and frustrations of my life as an author.

My Work in Progress, or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”

Saturday morning, as I was walking my two dogs, I ran into an acquaintance I haven’t seen in years. (We used to take turns driving our two daughters—now with bachelor’s degrees—to Brownies. Yeah, it’s been a while.) She asked what … Continue reading

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Go Set a Watchman

Believe it or not, this one’s not about the school board.  At all.  Really. It was with no small amount of trepidation that I plunged into Go Set a Watchman.  I had preordered it from Barnes and Noble a while … Continue reading

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Special Offer

A few years ago I wrote a romance novel that both my agent and I loved, but I do like to take on some fairly serious themes in my romance novels, and while Kensington had been willing to let me … Continue reading

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Trashy Novels and Tragedies

I’ve been torn pretty much in two about this blog.  On the one hand, I really should be promoting those ebooks right now—my agent has made an investment in them, and frankly, so have I. On the other hand, it … Continue reading

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Contest!

I’m hoping to get 100 “likes” on my Facebook author page.  Once I hit that milestone, I’ll draw a name from the list and give away a free paperback of Into His Arms.  If you already have that one, I’ll … Continue reading

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Relaunch of Into His Arms

The ebook version of Into His Arms, the first book in my Caribbean trilogy, is now available.  For all that I said I’d never self-publish, I am glad my first three published books don’t have to die just because they’re … Continue reading

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What I’m Doing On My Summer Vacation

I said I’d never self-publish.  Famous last words. The rights on my first three books, a romance novel trilogy, have reverted from the original publisher, Kensington, back to me.  My agent, Kristin Nelson, has recently added something called a “digital … Continue reading

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Shades and Types of Bullying

Ever since I blogged about reading Dave Cullen’s Columbine, I’ve been following him on Facebook, so yesterday I got a heads-up about his review of a book called The Bully Society by Jessie Klein.  I haven’t read the book, so … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Did I say something about my illiterate summer?  I met with my agent yesterday who handed me five romance novels by four authors.  She swears that I am, at heart, a “smart romance writer” and that these books prove there’s … Continue reading

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Summer Slump

I think this has been the least literate summer of my life.  I sent my agent my revamped proposal for the last historical novel I worked on, having pledged to myself that I would not work on it any more … Continue reading

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