A Bookstore a Month

I started out with a grand plan to visit a new bookstore or library each month of 2020. We all know how that worked out. My bookstore for January was McIntyre’s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a lovely independent bookstore with a huge mystery section. I was even able to participate in an author’s eventContinue reading “A Bookstore a Month”

Loving Art Museums

In my newest novel featuring protagonists Nara Blake and Alex Collier, they work at the Tate Britain, one of the foremost art museums in London. This is a natural and fun setting for me, since I love visiting art museums. I overdid it a bit on my last trip to the Netherlands, and visited fourContinue reading “Loving Art Museums”

My Life as a Reader

I remember my mother telling me when I was about seven, “You can read any book in this house.” The books in our house were my dad’s history and science related books from Book of the Month Club, and my mom’s books about having and raising children and lives of saints and other holy people.Continue reading “My Life as a Reader”

Reading about the Hard Things When You are Young

  I just finished reading Ashes to AshevilleAshes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley. It is a Young Adult novel dealing with the “hard things.” It is told from the point of view of Fella, a twelve year old girl whose mother has recently died of cancer. That is, one of her mothers. Mama Lacy andContinue reading “Reading about the Hard Things When You are Young”

The Process

The book is finished. The publisher has accepted it. The contract is signed. What does a writer do next? Start another project, of course! Truthfully, I have already started another project, several months ago. I like to have writing work in different stages of development. While I was doing final editing and polishing of JewelsContinue reading “The Process”

Things to Do Every Day Besides Brush Your Teeth

I am a dedicated list maker. I like a sense of organization in my life. I think I inherited this trait from my dad. It certainly wasn’t my mom, as anyone who knew her will attest. We lived on a farm. I was the oldest of four. Mom’s life centered around my dad and theContinue reading “Things to Do Every Day Besides Brush Your Teeth”

It’s Been a Long Time

I can’t believe it’s been ten months since I have posted. Life gets in the way. I have been working on finding a publisher for my Young Adult novel, Jewels in Time. This has pretty much sidetracked me from everything else related to writing, although I still have ideas floating around in my head. IContinue reading “It’s Been a Long Time”

Things I Can’t Be Without Besides Milk and Eggs

Just for fun and entertainment – a list. What can you not be without? Fruit – Currently I have tangerines, a pineapple, and bananas, as well as blueberries that I froze last summer. A book to read. A notebook in my purse. Even though I can make lists on my phone, nothing beats paper andContinue reading “Things I Can’t Be Without Besides Milk and Eggs”