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Still the Same Story

Soon, I will have an actual physical copy of my book, The Blue Jar, in my hand. That’s going to be amazing and unbelievable. There’s the feeling of finishing something. Then there’s the feeling of putting that something out into the world. I started this novel as a writing prompt on a Tuesday afternoon in … Continue reading

Music, Dance, and Storytelling
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Music, Dance, and Storytelling

When I write, I sometimes listen to music. The music fits either the mood of the story or the personality of the characters. The other day, I had the chance to collaborate on a music show with London DJ Claudio Fiore and with my publisher, Plum Tree Books, that tells the story of the music … Continue reading

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Speaking of mug shots…

Do you ever google people from your past? Hmmm? Well, okay. So. I set my novel in 1985 because that’s when I was a teen and because I didn’t want to deal with cell phones and google. I used my hometown as a starting point for my novel. But then my fictional town of Lake … Continue reading

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Why is it dark in here?

Recently I joked, “I could’ve written a light comedy.” And my husband replied, “I don’t think you have light comedy in you.” A friend said, “It’s odd because you’re a funny person.” Hey, I didn’t set out to write a dark, emotional novel. I started with an image and went from there. But I don’t … Continue reading

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Bad Stories and Good Fans

The other night I watch a documentary about a movie I haven’t seen. Well, the title Best Worst Movie caught my attention. And I had, at least, heard of Troll 2. Have you seen Troll 2? Even if you haven’t, watch the documentary. At one point, people in the film talk about how something badly … Continue reading

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Brimming Over

Sometimes the mind just brims over with ideas. Do you ever have trouble deciding what to focus on or what to pursue? I’m going to pursue as many as I can. One is the idea of a princess detective. I want to try to write a princess that isn’t what most people think. I’m writing … Continue reading