I’m So Happy My Publisher Dumped Me

After begging for it for more than nine months now, I finally got the letter from my publisher giving me back my rights to my three Summer Westin mysteries: Endangered, Bear Bait, and Undercurrents. The letter was sent to my agent … Continue reading

PLOTS AND THEMES

Every novel has a plot, which is the story line (what happens). But most good novels also have a theme, which is the underlying message the writer wants the readers to understand. Most authors include themes naturally in their writing, … Continue reading

WHY I LOVE THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY

Of all the holidays we Americans typically celebrate, I love New Year’s the most. I know it’s arbitrary, but it’s nice to have a date when I can reset my expectations. Somehow, at midnight on December 31, I can celebrate … Continue reading

Got insecurities? Use them in your stories!

There’s nothing more boring than reading about characters who have no flaws. Why? Because they don’t seem human, of course. Even if your character is a werewolf or from another planet, as readers we want to feel that we have … Continue reading