What were your growing up lessons?

"Tuck in your shirt or you look look like a bum." That's a lesson my husband learned from his mom. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." That's something my mother taught me. We all carry life lessons we learned as we were … [Continue reading]

Go Away Home – Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to announce the participants in a blog tour for Go Away Home taking place from July 8 - July 25, 2014. Please join me from the comfort of your own chair as I travel through cyberspace. Tuesday, July 8 - Amy Bruno at Passages to the … [Continue reading]

Tips for being in two places at once

exit sign

The magic of a modern-day book launch. I'm not in the habit of defying the time/space continuum, but this month I'll be giving it my best shot. July is the official launch of my World War One-era novel Go Away Home, and the month is packed. My … [Continue reading]

“Wonderful debut novel” – A Writer of History

M.K. Tod started my week off right when she published her review of Go Away Home on her blog A Writer of History. Mary was one of my advance reviewers and I was particularly interested in her opinion since she also writes about the World War One … [Continue reading]

Go Away Home – New historical fiction

Start spreading the news! Go Away Home is now available on Amazon and through bookstores. I'm excited because of what reviewers are saying: "The perfect story of coming home." - Samantha Rivera, Readers' Favorite 5 Star review "Go Away Home … [Continue reading]

It’s magic. Spring prairie emerges as old growth melts away

Golden Alexander

I tend to take fewer prairie pictures in the early spring. What's to see? It's brown. Tall fronts of dried prairie grasses wave in muted contrast to the new green of surrounding trees and grass. The seed heads of purple cone flowers and black eyed … [Continue reading]

What connects the short stories in a collection?

S.R. Mallery, author

As I delve into the art of short story writing, I'm also looking at how authors make the stories in a collection cohesive. S.R. Mallery wove together the stories in her book Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads using historical events and … [Continue reading]

What could you learn about leadership and teamwork from geese?

Out visitors were similar to this gaggle. http://10000birds.com/the-canada-goose.htm

Unexpected visitors to our home last night brought the delights of nature and deeper lessons in leadership and teamwork. As darkness fell, a gaggle of Canadian geese came walking up our drive. Four adults and six goslings who could not yet fly made … [Continue reading]

How can writing short stories work for you? Six ways

What's next for my writing? With my novel Go Away Home set to publish in July, I've been thinking more and more about where to turn my writing energy next. Short stories have come up with increasing frequency. As if to urge me along, Julie Glover … [Continue reading]

Time To Let Go – Christoph Fischer author interview

Christoph Fischer, author

New novel shares family facing challenge of Alzheimer Disease. I'm pleased to welcome Christoph Fischer to join us again today. Christoph last stopped by in November to talk about The Black Eagle Inn, the third novel in his Three Nations trilogy. … [Continue reading]