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My First Romance

thebeautifulwomanLast year, my mother sent me a package that contained, amongst other things, my very first romance novel. Well, novel may be overstating it. It was a two-paged story with what I think you will agree are some incredibly questionable margins. But you may also see a sneak peek into the developing mind of Jess Michaels (a stern man, a broken lady? UM HELLO!!). So I give you:

The Beautiful Woman

There once was a beautiful woman and she was lonely. … [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Room to Write

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

What is your favorite room to write in?

I really only write in one room and it’s my office. It has a gorgeous view of our mountain and is comfortable and private with no distractions.

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This is it here.… [Read more...]

Awesomely Strong Heroines

I know I ask for them, but in truth I rarely read reviews. Reviews, at least in my mind, are really meant for readers, to help each other make decisions. I want them because it helps with my Amazon ranking and Goodreads visibility (and because it helps other readers make a decision if they’ve never read me before), but as an author reviews can only give you a swelled head or a broken heart.

However, I do sometimes see, either accidentally or when they’re directed at me personally, comments people make about my stories and one of my favorites to read is that I write strong, unique heroines.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Journaling

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Do you journal?

I do not. Kind of? I don’t have a journal I write in every day, but last year I did start journaling about a life situation I faced. But it isn’t a regular thing.

And sometimes people talk about journaling in terms of writing.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: If You Could Do It All Again…

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

If you could do it all again, would you change anything in your career?

It’s an interesting question. I think we all look back with our 20-20 hindsight and think about what we could have done differently, but in the end, I fear if I changed anything I wouldn’t have come to where I am now.… [Read more...]

The Big Year #1 in Review

Here we are at the end of another year. But this wasn’t just a normal year for me. I have been calling this my “big year” because I decided to kick everything about building my career into high gear. So did I succeed? Was this truly a “big year”. Well, yes!

First, I had writing goals. This year I wrote 5 books and I published 6 (5 with a publisher, one self-published). Everything I wanted to see written and out there got done and I feel so happy and proud of those accomplishments.… [Read more...]

Happy Holidays!

 I wanted to take a moment today and wish you all a very happy holiday! My parents arrived last night, I will be heading out to pick up my brother at the airport later this morning. My family and I will be together for the first time since 2001. After a very difficult, very emotional, very painful year personally, my husband and I are so excited to spend the holidays with them. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: From the Heart

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

How do you feel when you’re writing?

I love this question because I’m not sure anyone has ever asked me that before. Writing is like… flying. I feel so completely and utterly free when I’m doing it. My brain is a pretty busy place.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Just for Fun

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

What do you do for fun?

Oh, fun. I remember fun.

No, I kid. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a ton of time for fun but I do try to have it when I can.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Creativity

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Are you creative in other ways?

Yes? I say it with a question mark because it’s kind of true. I think most people are creative. Obviously I put most of my creative energy into writing, which means I don’t have a lot left over for anything else.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: My Furr Babies

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Michelle Clark Waddoups:

Do you have any animals?

I do! We have two cats, Harley and Quinn. We got Harley in 2001 from the Bellevue Animal Shelter in Washington State.  She’s a mama’s girl who likes to sit with me wherever I am.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Halloween

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is in honor of the upcoming holiday:

Are you a Halloween person? What was your favorite Halloween costume? Would you ever go dressed as one of your characters?

I would say I really like the concept of Halloween, but I’m not really a Halloween person as an adult.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Influential Books

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from a bunch of people :

What books have influenced you?

The answer to this probably depends on the moment and what kind of influence I’m thinking of at the moment. I also have some really influential/favorite movies that would also be hard to whittle down.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: My awesome support system

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Lise-Marie Foxx and Heather Boyd:

Who is the biggest supporter of your writing? What’s it like (pros and cons) working with a spouse?

I’m very lucky in that I have a great number of wonderful supporters. My parents and brother have my back big time (my Mom will actually be doing some copyediting for me as I move into indie) and I have a great circle of friends, both writers and non-writers, who support me with supportive ears and kind and loving care.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Ideas

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Deana Olson Connelly :

Where do your ideas come from?

I get that question quite a bit and it makes me wonder, why isn’t everyone just getting ideas? To me it is as natural as breathing. I’ll read something when researching or see something watching a movie or just be taking a shower and an idea will hit me.… [Read more...]