Backstories, we've all got them. When writing a novel I give a backstory to all my characters, even the secondary ones, even if the information never makes it to the page. I want them to feel like real people, and real people interact with others, based in part, on their past experiences. If those experiences … Continue reading The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory
Humans are social critters. Plenty of us enjoy our alone time (raises hand), but none of us enjoys being lonely. There’s a vast difference in those two realities. It’s entirely possible to be lonely in a crowd of other people. Disconnected humans are often those that act out in self-destructive and violent ways. We long … Continue reading Who Are You? Labels Aren’t for People
I realize in writing this that it will be a drop in the crashing wave of other first of the year blogs and may not make it's point as well for the deluge, but I'm doing it anyway. I rarely make New Year's resolutions, but I do establish goals and I think over the ones … Continue reading Forgiving 2017
Out Now: At the Crossroad, Sweet River Redemption Book 2. Thanks for stopping by. I'm the author of the Sweet River Redemption series and other works of fiction. I also blog here (scroll down for recent posts) and elsewhere. If you're looking for information on SC MacDonald, the copy & editing services partnership, you can … Continue reading Welcome!
"Fear Not" appears in the Bible more than 100 times. In fact, the Bible talks a lot about fear. We are commanded to fear God and not His angels, not the world, not death, the list goes on. Why does God want us to fear Him? Because He wants our focus on what's important, not … Continue reading Be Not Afraid: Updated for 2017
Homemade Mythology's review for At the Crossroad.
Since today is Columbus Day and the United States is still mired in political partisanship, your social media feeds are likely to be clogged with memes both praising and criticizing Christopher Columbus. Possibly one like this: Or maybe this one: Or this: Columbus day became an official holiday in 1937, but it had been celebrated … Continue reading Pick Your Battles Wisely: Or Why Columbus Day Is No Hill To Die On
If you've been eagerly anticipating the sequel to The Broken Trail, it's here! At The Crossroad is available now and it's even on sale. Click here for both the print and digital versions. So what's it about? Erin Sullivan has had to endure the rumor mill of Sweet River, Maine grinding through her family's scandals … Continue reading At The Crossroad is Here!
If you're a regular reader of the blog with a good memory then you know that I wrote the Broken Trail because the character of Katherine came fully-formed to my head and I knew I wanted to describe her journey from bitterness to forgiveness. I had pitched the book as part of a three-book series … Continue reading Why I Wrote At The Crossroad
As some of you folks may know, I am on a sabbatical for the summer and working on several projects. The first is my health since sitting at a desk for the last two decades has left me in dire need of exercise. The second is our house. We’ve decided to put in a new … Continue reading Time Wanted & Wasted: A Writer’s Lament