My historical fiction trilogy, The Margaret Chronicles, the first of which is still out to publishers (fingers crossed), is set in the 14th century. I’m sure my ancestors back then were peasants. In fact, most people were peasants. They lived in a feudal society where...

Hurray! Can you hear me clapping and doing the happy dance? The hot summer weather has finally broken! The high for today is supposed to be 66 degrees. It’s cloudy and cool. Heavenly! Pretty soon I’ll be able to break out my ancient L.L. Bean flannel nightgown.

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Before I delve into malaria, cholera and smallpox, let me tell you the news about The Solitary Sparrow, my historical fiction novel. My agent is submitting the book to publishers! Hopefully one of them will pick it up for publication. So keep your fingers c...

For those of you of a certain age, I’m sure you remember Gene Autry, the Hollywood cowboy who sang “Back in the Saddle Again. “ I thought of that song as I sat down for this morning’s writing. The trip through the frozen north (see previous blog) took it out of me and...

I’m writing in the coffee shop today. And since it’s been awhile, I thought I’d bring you up to date on my news and adventures.

First – woo hoo!, drum roll!, deep breath of happy and scary! – I HAVE AN AGENT. I signed with her in September and at her request I made some...

Here in my neck of the woods in the South, there is no definable boundary between the heat of summer and the cold of winter. It’s blazing hot from May to September when we get a short respite, followed by Indian summer and heat again. In November the rains come, the te...

Thing Two, age 4, is angry. Her mother—my daughter—has told her "no!" and has explained why Thing Two cannot have what she wants. Much crying and whining ensues. Thing Two stamps her feet. Her mother patiently explains that she is only running up to the store for milk....

April 26, 2017

When I worked in newspapers and television, I had short deadlines. I wrote in my head as I drove back to the office and then typed the news story at warp speed. My experience taught me how to write anywhere. In a fast food restaurant. In the library. In my car waiting...

December 27, 2016

I've had a number of jobs in my life, been married twice (that's another story) and raised two extraordinary daughters, but through good and bad, sickness, death, wars, and nutty elections, I've ALWAYS been a writer. Sometimes it's hard to write every day and, yes, I k...

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