The Power of Anger

My last post was about The Power of Fear and how Beam Larson, the teenage runaway from Say Something, tried to keep herself safe by letting her fear dictate her actions. For Beam, since all dogs could bite, that meant all dogs were bad and potentially would bite. By...

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The Power of Fear

Fear is powerful. It keeps us safe and preserves us to live another day. It also isolates and inhibits us. I keep hearing people in the media talk about what a scary time this is. I ask myself what it is we're afraid of and what good does being afraid do for us? How...

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The First Ten Thousand Words

Twelve books later, it's still like getting myself psyched up to run outside on a cold winter day. I find a million reasons not to. Inertia's a bear. I'm talking about starting a book. Ideas spring up around me like weeds. I can outline and scribble notes endlessly....

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Are Your Stories Made Up — or Real?

Recently I answered a question at Goodreads about whether my stories were made up or real. The answer to that is 'Yes, both.' Obviously, the events that occur in my Historical Fiction are based on real events.  Some readers of Historical Fiction are ruthless about...

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Say Something available for pre-order on Kindle!

Yay!!! The Kindle version of Say Something is now available for pre-order on Amazon! To get it for 40% off for a limited time and have it delivered to your Kindle on November 28th, click here. "Love -- especially a dog's love -- can change a person. A runaway teen. A...

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Publication is on the Horizon!

Isn't this pretty? I could stare at it for hours. How Dane at Ebook Launch manages to capture the tone and substance of a story based on a few paragraphs and a sample of suggested photos, I will never know. But he has once again outdone himself. Say Something, the...

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Putting the Pieces Together

Let me get straight to the point: It's been too long between releases. For you and for me. Sixteen months have elapsed since the last Faderville novel came out and nine months have gone by since the second Sam McNamee Mystery was published. I have been writing the...

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Where’s the Next Book? (or What Happens When You Over-Commit)

  "Where's the next book?" you ask. Let me explain... Most of you who visit this page, or any author's page, know them as a writer. You probably imagine us sitting at our keyboards for twelve hours a day with a glazed look in our eyes, tapping, tapping, tapping, and...

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The Stuff That Writers Are Made Of

When you tell people you're a writer, inevitably someone says, "Oh, I really want to write a book! I have an idea for one, in fact." Some people share their ideas with trepidation (we creative types are sensitive souls); some do it effusively, as if they alone know...

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New Web Site in the Works!

Thanks for your patience while my wonderful web designer Adam Poe of Frostbite Publishing puts the finishing touches on my new web site. An overhaul was long past due and I'm excited about the new, clean, easy to navigate look! I'll attempt to move my old blog posts...

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