The Writer Doth Edit Too Much

This should be subtitled:  Never attend a writing conference when you are in the midst of editing a manuscript.  You. May.  Learn. Too. Much. My new release, Measure Twice, Love Once, is due out on April 21.  (Yes, please preorder it on Amazon!)  When I set the preorder date, I thought I’d have plenty of…

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Guns and Roses – Crimelandia Fun!

Hi friends – I had a great time at the Crimelandia conference on the panel “Guns and Roses”, talking about the intersection of romance and suspense in fiction. Fellow panelist Patricia Dusenbury did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of our discussion, so please check out her blog: http://www.thewriteroomblog.com/?p=3060 Make sure you read her…

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I am a Sticky Note

I’m here.  I’m ready whenever an idea strikes.  I’m your pad of sticky notes, willing to take down your deepest thoughts – or your grocery list – or that prompt to call the kids’ dentist.  Whatever.  I’m here for you. Sticky notes may be the greatest accidental invention of the past centuries.  Seriously, who would…

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Is Flynn’s Crossing a Real Place?

People ask me this a lot.  Is Flynn’s Crossing, the small foothills town in northern California I feature in the eponymous romantic suspense series, a real place?  “Like, could we visit it?” <<SIGH>>  This is the blessing and curse of creating a series people relate to, set in a place they come to love and…

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Life is like a Jigsaw Puzzle – with Pieces Missing

Last Christmas, I asked my husband for a jigsaw puzzle.  I wanted one complicated enough to be a challenge, with a picture we’d consider “fun”.  And boy, did he deliver! This 1000 piece beauty has everything to make you crazy.  Big swaths of blue sky painted from the setting sun meet deeper blue ocean.  An…

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A Dark and Scary Place

Yes, these scientists are using their power for good. But what happens when – not if – someone uses it for evil? Or has someone already?

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