Fiction Meets Real Life

  In my latest novel “Lydia’s Story,” the main character helps a group of Jewish children escape France during World War II. I just came across this website, “Ariege Pyrenees,” that shows the real life route across the Pyrenees that many people — Jews, downed RAF and American airmen, and others in danger from theContinue reading “Fiction Meets Real Life”

When a Book is More than a Story

I just finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I have probably read thousands of books during my lifetime, but I don’t ever remember reacting to a book as I did to this one. The Language of Flowers is the story of a young woman who was abandoned as an infant, and livedContinue reading “When a Book is More than a Story”

Killing a Cockroach with Kindness

I was walking through the hallway of a local high school where I sometimes substitute teacher, and encountered a teaching standing in the hallway holding a small spray bottle in her hand and staring into a trash can. “I’m trying to kill a cockroach with essential oils,” she said. She gave it another squirt. “OrContinue reading “Killing a Cockroach with Kindness”

What Makes a Great Book?

Essentially, a great book is one that grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go, not even at the end, because you walk around thinking about it for the next couple of days. A great book also is written with beautiful language. The author knows how to play with words to create sensationsContinue reading “What Makes a Great Book?”

The Importance of Reading Fiction

I read an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday entitled “What Should Children Read?” I am providing the link so you can read it for yourself. Whatever the “experts” who have written these national standards might think, reading fiction has a value far more than just time-filling entertainment that has no practical useContinue reading “The Importance of Reading Fiction”

Week 19: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Oct31 by Kathleen Heady I’m participating in my first blog hop, which will take us from one author to the next, and introduce some new writers and their works. I hope you will follow our blog hop and be introduced to some exciting reads as well as works in progress. You will learn about meContinue reading “Week 19: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop”

Why Set My Story in World War II?

My newest novel, Lydia’s Story, is a sequel/prequel to my first novel, The Gate House. It is a sequel because the same main characters, Nara Blake and her family, continue their story of life in a small English town, where too much seems to happen. It is a prequel because the book also tells theContinue reading “Why Set My Story in World War II?”

Writing Honest Book Reviews

There is a lot of criticism these days about biased book reviews and writers reviewing each others books in order to post glowing reviews. I write reviews for Suspense Magazine, and I also occasionally read a book by a fellow writer and post the review on Amazon and GoodReads. I never write a negative review.Continue reading “Writing Honest Book Reviews”