Talking Myself Through This

There is a part to writing novels that never gets easier: the critique. On Sunday, I sat with a group of trusted friends and listened to their thoughts on the first draft of my latest novel, “Counting Coup.” For nearly two hours, they discussed the...

Getting Out of My Own Way

An update on those novels: Under the Same Moon keeps selling, which is¬†fantastic. It is no longer available at local retailers, which is why I am listing the book giant Amazon. I have a master plan on how to have it available locally (and at Powell’s and the...

In Process

About six months ago, a friend and fellow blogger reached out to see if I’d be interested in sending a copy of my second novel to her publisher. Basket Baby was being edited by friends and I’d forgone any plan of marketing it in a traditional way....

Writer School: Prompts

Ever get stuck with your writing? How about a brief writing exercise? Here are three prompts. Take one of them and run with it. Email me what you’ve accomplished. I’d love to read it! Hopefully this gets the creativity flowing:   1. A woman is...

Writer School: Character Development

How do you create characters who are interesting, fun, memorable and also human? It isn’t easy. There are plenty of examples of great characters in literature — those who are so unique you can’t help but remember the story because of the person. A...

Writer’s School: Story Arc

Phew. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I apologize for the delay in this post. The last few weeks have included: a rather annoying bought of the flu, a ton of work including this week’s National Suicide Prevention Day!, the storm to beat all storms and a...