an ever-changing novel excerpt

Nodding, Fran stepped into the circle. She took a deep breath and lay down in its center. Staring up at the stars, she thought about the dirt pressing into her hair and the bugs that might be nearby. She didn’t believe in Milla’s ideas, her rituals, or chants, and she sometimes thought Milla was close …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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