Be Like the Ocean

Happy July! I know we’ve had summer weather here in Atlanta, and all across the country, but it doesn’t feel like summer to me until July. I’m missing the beach, the feel of the water on my toes, the slip slide of sand. I love going barefoot and wearing shorts and feeling casual and carefree. If I could be anywhere I’d …

Book Reviews

Of Beast and Beauty by Chanda Hahn   I’m a huge fan of the Beauty and the Beast fable and have enjoyed numerous retellings. This was no exception. Chanda Hahn gives us a complex story with high stakes and continued suspense.   Rosalie, the eldest of seven daughters of Lady Eville, had been chosen to unite two feuding kingdoms. Thrust …

Finishing Touches

Do you like nearing the end of a project? The thrill of wrapping it up, tying up all the loose ends? Publishing a book is a definite journey, and long for me. Usually 3 years. But all that effort makes the end so worthwhile.    I’m putting the finishing touches on The Heart of Everything, getting it ready for layout …

Why Great Stories Are So Good

Great stories are built on great stories. There are only so many master plots. The trick is to create variations on the theme. Like Mozart did with his variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Rachmaninoff with Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The essence remains the same but there are subtle (or not so subtle) changes that make the …

Why Do I Write?

Readers want to know why authors write. Often an interview will ask the question “What made you want to become a writer?” My answer is probably trite, but hopefully amusing: I didn’t. I didn’t have childhood dreams of being a writer. I loved to read. In fact, as a child I devoured books, the longer the better. I had a vivid …

Let It Flow

November. Leaves are changing color from vibrant green to muted ochre, cinnamon, ruby, and pumpkin. Falling on the ground to carpet the street and sidewalks. As I walk I remind myself to pause, reflect, and take the time to connect with my heart, with my inner child, and scuffle through that padded carpet, thrilling to the crisp, crackly crunch. The …