If Drama Were a Llama Would You Save It for Your Mama?

After last week’s post, I can’t stop thinking about inner worlds. And I don’t mean to be dramatic, but . . . okay, well, who am I kidding? Yes, I do. I mean to be dramatic. I mean to get melancholy when I ponder Batman’s backstory. I mean to cry at Hallmark movies. I mean…

The Makers of Secret Worlds

I’m sure you know who you are on a Tuesday in traffic, but do you know who you are when you read fiction? Have you ever thought about this version of yourself? Have you pondered your power? It’s a remarkable power seldom remarked on. It goes unrecognized, camouflaged so well some lives pass without ever…

Chasing Undulatus Asperatus

I was with my sister when I saw them. It’s good to have a witness—someone to tell you the ghost or noise was real when you try to talk yourself out of it later.   We saw the rare Undulatus Asperatus—the clouds of the Gods—on a cool Virginia afternoon. Cars pulled over. Strangers stood shoulder-to-shoulder,…

Why All Readers Are Golden

I don’t know you, but if you read The Longblood, you’ll know something about me. Maybe after, you’ll say you loved it and can’t wait for the sequel. Maybe you’ll say it wasn’t your slice of cake. Either way, I’m grateful because the cooperation between readers and writers is sacred. And though your reaction to…

The Longblood and Alnwick: Setting Magic?

Is it a coincidence . . . or magic? The chance meeting that profoundly alters your path, the same song playing everywhere you go, the stranger on the subway who calls you by the nickname your long-passed grandfather used to—how do you explain these unexplainables?   Whenever I embark on a writing journey, I run into…

Three Reasons Why It’s Your Book, Not Mine

When I’m writing a book, it’s mine. I get the joy of fleshing out characters, the exhilaration of noodling through the plot, the frustration when it seems like something can’t and won’t and will never work. And then, I get the utter elation of solving that pesky little something. But the minute I published The…

The Longblood Is Finally Here!

It’s been a long and exciting adventure, and I’m ecstatic to announce that my debut novel, The Longblood, is finally available on Amazon! Click here to check it out on Amazon and read the first five chapters FREE! Here’s the description: An action-packed love story filled with twists and turns that will leave you breathless…