Christmas at my house

I’ve spent all week finishing the day job for the year and wondering what to write in this post. I’ve spent all day running errands, finishing shopping, and wondering what to write in this post. I’ve finally written a post that is WAY too depressing for the holiday. I’ve put it in the trash. Every year,…

KISSing Your Conflict

I have been trying all day to write this blog post. Seriously. All day. And that sort of sums up the last month of writing almost everything. On my last blog, we talked about simplifying your secondary characters so the hero and heroine can take center stage. Now … what do we do with them?…

KISS your characters

I saw my first movie in 1979: The Black Hole. Due to a family thing (which is a very long story), we had to drive an hour one way and catch a ferry to make the show time. I was hooked from that night in a dark theater with my brother and my cousins. I…

So, I’m writing a historical romance

I almost hate to say that out loud. Not because I’m embarrassed, but because many of my favorite authors write in the genre and I feel rather unworthy. But since my latest romantic suspense is out on submission, I wanted to start something new and stretch my writing muscles.  Cue one of my closest friends…

Holding out for a hero

I read a blog post this morning from Virginia Heath entitled “Write What You Know, they said …” In it, she’s talking about borrowing some of her daughter’s traits, and events from history, for her latest novel. And it got me to thinking about heroes, and … writing what you know. We’ve all seen it….