Category Archives: Story development

Can Young Adult Novels Be Too Harsh?

Or are the gritty stories what readers want? My new novel, A Life, Redefined, is the story about a 17 year-old high school junior in Appalachia. Her name is Rowan Slone and her life has been tough. I mean, hard. And … Continue reading

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Just a Teeny-Bopper at Heart

My husband calls me a teeny-bopper. By the mere use of this dated descriptive, you can tell my husband and I are not, in fact, teenagers, or anywhere near those tumultuous, emotional, fantastic years. But he tells me that underneath … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears…

Music can create a physiological reaction in our bodies, both in good and bad ways. Loud, pumping music may stimulate, possibly agitate. Classical music can calm, maybe hypnotize, may induce sleep. When you are writing, it is essential to find … Continue reading

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My Next Big Thing…

Dear friend, fellow author and fantastic story-teller, Marion Croslydon, has invited me to share details of My Next Big Thing, aka, What I’m Working On! I’m in the final stages of editing, A Life, Redefined, and therefore, this is a … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This…)

I am a person prone to nightmares. They started en force when I was in graduate school. The subject of terror was spiders, occasionally snakes, and they were always, always coming at me while I slept. As life has moved on and I morphed … Continue reading

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I’m Guest Blogging Today…

Please join me as I visit Callie Hutton’s blog.  http://networkedblogs.com/C1tmw I’m talking about words and why, with a language full of them, it’s so difficult to broaden our reserves and enrich our stories. Leave a comment and win a copy of … Continue reading

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The Inspiration Behind Wren’s Fantasy

With my paranormal romance, Wren’s Fantasy, due out this summer, I thought it would be a good time to write about the inspiration behind the novel. I put hours upon hours of work into it, researching, writing and editing. So … Continue reading

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