Creativity in Quarantine


I would love to say that I am #StayingAtHome, but I found this situation more complicated—and emotionally loaded. When we first arrived in Peru, we were staying in a hotel. This was where we were when, halfway into our trip, a quarantine and curfew were set; all of the stores closed. Any place that we … Continue reading Creativity in Quarantine

New Book – The Mermaid of Rose Hill – Out Soon!


Here is a photo of me with a case of lazy bed head, holding a proof copy of my new novel, which I plan to release this month. The Mermaid has been my project for the last two years or more. It began as an urban fantasy, but I decided to challenge myself and write … Continue reading New Book – The Mermaid of Rose Hill – Out Soon!

Mythology of the Butterfly


The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly. —Ecouchard le Brun Every spring we look into the flowerbeds, hoping to see their fluttering wings. They’re the daydream of the child, and the memory of the gardener. They inspire awe and wonder, and we create environments hoping to attract them. Butterflies have enchanted … Continue reading Mythology of the Butterfly

Castles Brick by Brick


I am excited to be near the final edits for a project close to my heart. The Mermaid of Rose Hill has been through several amazing beta readers; from each of these people I've received fantastic bits of advice, enough to polish it off. Enough, perhaps, to release it soon. As you might expect, it … Continue reading Castles Brick by Brick

What Excuses are you Making?


On my iPhone, I have an app that generates writing prompts. Yesterday’s prompt was “What excuses are you making?” When those words popped up, at once I pictured dozens of things I’d convinced myself were more important than my writing. The foremost was, “Reading isn’t wasting time! Writers read.” Reading is important, but when it … Continue reading What Excuses are you Making?

Q&A With Author Martha Keyes


Goodwill for the Gentleman is one of the warmest stories I've read this year. If you want to know why, check out my review here. It is an amazing joy to have contacted the author, Martha Keyes, with questions about this charming Christmas story that had me believing in happy endings again. I believe that speaking … Continue reading Q&A With Author Martha Keyes

The Novel-In-Progress: Twins & Swans


Along with hundreds of writers all over the world, I began a new novel earlier this month. When I chose to write a high fantasy this November, I expected it to be difficult. Self-doubt crept up; I almost chose to work on a series I'm already writing, because the setting would be familiar. High fantasy … Continue reading The Novel-In-Progress: Twins & Swans

Wild Strawberries: Angela Thirkell’s Warped Downton Abbey


Happy Halloween! On the most magical day of the year, I'm sure many of you are bracing yourselves for the winter, preparing to write novels, or simply enjoying your pumpkin spice while wearing oversized hoodies (I am). With a new novel to plan myself, I'm staying in today, but that doesn't mean I'll ignore the … Continue reading Wild Strawberries: Angela Thirkell’s Warped Downton Abbey

The Written World by Martin Puchner


On the surface, The Written World looks to be a history book on the topic of literature. I discovered it was something deeper, far more delightful. Author Martin Puchner has a love for books much like my own; this book is his journey to find the soul of literature, the source of her power, the … Continue reading The Written World by Martin Puchner