My Dream Headlines

Just for fun, and to give my creativity a little boost, I decided to create some “dream” headlines. I dislike reading the newspaper or watching TV news because almost every story is bad news or a negative take on an event or some new study. Here are a few of the headlines I would likeContinue reading “My Dream Headlines”

My Boring Neighborhood

My neighborhood is boring. I live in a suburb of a major east coast city. We have an excellent school system, low crime, residential streets with nicely manicured lawns, and it’s boring. Our homeowner’s association requires certain standards to keep the appearances uniform — and it’s boring. I didn’t know the area when we moved here,Continue reading “My Boring Neighborhood”

Time to Write; What to Write

If you haven’t got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you’ll only have to throw away the first three pages.- William Campbell Gault There have been probably thousands of blog posts, articles and evenContinue reading “Time to Write; What to Write”

Where Do I Set My Story?

“There is no happiness in love, except at the endof an English novel.” (Anthony Trollope in Barchester Towers) The passage through Dover Castle at the right just can’t help sparking my imagination. How Does an Author Choose a Setting Why did I set The Gate House in England? The simple answer to that question isContinue reading “Where Do I Set My Story?”

Bed and Breakfast Food

This post was set up to publish when I was traveling last week, but somehow it didn’t happen. But it is happening now, and I hope everyone enjoys the recipe and thoughts of a delicious breakfast! My novel The Gate House takes place in a bed and breakfast in Lincolnshire, England. I have stayed inContinue reading “Bed and Breakfast Food”

Being an Editor

Besides writing, I do a fair amount of editing and have found that I enjoy it almost as much as I do writing. There is something about clarifying a piece of writing, while still retaining the writer’s voice and intent, that is enormously satisfying. I know from experience that a writer can read over aContinue reading “Being an Editor”

Where do characters come from?

My characters are frequently based on real people, but as the story develops, they take on a life of their own and bear little more than a superficial resemblance to the person on whom it is based. In the case of Nara, the main character in The Gate House, she is based on the daughter-in-lawContinue reading “Where do characters come from?”

Back to Lincolnshire

Since my novel The Gate House is due out in May, I am thinking about the trip to England that inspired the novel. My husband and I stayed in a bed in breakfast in the market town of Spalding in Lincolnshire. We traveled to that part of England because his ancestors had come from theirContinue reading “Back to Lincolnshire”

Journal Writing Tuesday

Who writes letters anymore? A quick email, a text or a phone call is more the way to go these days. There are two things going on in my life right now that have caused me to think about the slower pace of life in years that have passed not so long ago. The firstContinue reading “Journal Writing Tuesday”

Friday Book Review – Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark

In Marcia Clark’s first attempt at fiction, she has produced a well-crafted legal mystery set in the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, a setting Ms. Clark knows well. Protagonist Rachel Knight must deal with her assigned cases as a member of the DA’s Special Trials Unit, which handles high profile cases, as well as theContinue reading “Friday Book Review – Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark”