Romance needs Ugly Heroines, Ugly Heroes

A few months ago our house was battling multiple head colds, strep throat, stomach viruses, basically we were The House of Sick. Being rather incapacitated we vegged out in front of the TV.  We cut the cord on broadcast a while back so it was binge-watching series on Netflix and Hulu. The kids stuck with Phineas &…

Query Quest: Feedback Anyone?

If you’re a regular reader then you’ve noticed I have been silent for weeks. I spelunked (that’s a word isn’t it?) deep into the editing cave and only just emerged. I’ve got two manuscripts that are currently in revisions, one – The Broken Trail – about to emerge ready to query.  So that means it’s time…

PitchWars Mentee Bio 2015

Howdy! Thanks for checking out my bio. If you’re a regular and are wondering what the heck this is, check out PitchWars, a writing contest started by the very talented Brenda Drake. If you’re a mentor stopping by, thank you!  I really appreciate that you’re taking the time to do this and that you’re considering working…

The Call of the Wild

Where I grew up the natural world had only just been tamed; it still had its wild side. I spent my childhood weaving in and out of forests, tromping through marshy rivers and boggy backyards with a troupe of neighborhood kids. The woods were full of ferny kingdoms and gigantic rocks left behind by glaciers…

‘The Overselling Of Self-Publishing’: New Perspective

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
iStockphoto / InnaFelker ‘A Serious Epidemic Of Impatience’ Here in New York City where BookExpo America (BEA) is holding the focus of many in the traditional publishing establishment, a friend and I were finishing lunch at Café Luxembourg when the waiter approached. “I overheard you guys talking about publishing,” he said. “I wondered…

In the Query Trenches

So… where have I been you ask?  Working.  The day job heated up just about the same time I finally had BITTERSWEET ready to submit to agents.  In between meetings, crunching data, and what felt like endless spreadsheets I was polishing up my query and submitting my latest book to potential agents.  How’s it going?…