October 12, 2017

There's no better resource for learning about your town and for providing inspiration for your writing than your local newspaper. Ever since our big move to awesome and amazing Wilmington, NC, our local news outlets have been like new BFFs. As a mystery writer, it's th...

October 12, 2017

When I was 18 and living in an apartment with my brother, my Mazda RX-7 that cost me $1,200 and had chipped paint and a window that never went all the way up, was burglarized. I never locked my car. First, I didn’t think there was anything in it worth stealing (who wou...

May 18, 2017

I have a problem with my new book. Seriously. I’m a quarter of the way through my second edit of my dark, superhero novel - working title = Adam - and I find myself cringing while I type. Cringing leads to second-guessing. Second-guessing leads to slow progress. Slow p...

May 11, 2017

“Finishing is better than starting.” Ecclesiastes 7:8 

Um, yeah! I’d even go as far to say that finishing is freaking awesome while starting, well, isn’t awesome at all. 

I’m nearing the finish line with my third book in the Delilah Duffy series. Sea-Crossed has been for...

April 6, 2017

Laundry, usually. That’s the truth. I usually turn to laundry when I’m at a loss. In fact, I just sat down from starting a load that could have waited a few days, and it’s a strange comfort to know that I’ll have to get up in a while to put the load in the dryer. Ugh. 

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March 30, 2017

Cracking Eggs might seem like another mundane task, but there's more mystery to it than that.

The way one cracks eggs may be a fairly accurate indicator of overall confidence.

I was just fixing myself breakfast, thinking about eggs, then birds, then Twitter, of course, b...

March 14, 2017

Imagine typing up the most perfect pages you can create, folding them into paper airplanes, and releasing them to the wind in the hopes that the right page will land in the hands of the right person (OPRAH) at the right time and then all your writer dreams will come tr...

March 9, 2017

I’m about to enter the unforgiving EDITS-ONLY DIMENSION where creativity is chained in a prison of spell-checking, grammar-checking, word-checking tedium. And it's a mystery when I'll emerge from this dreadful den of despair. This dark and dreary place is where months...

March 7, 2017

May 8, 2016

I’m a big dummy. My dad pointed it out. On Mother’s Day and in the midst of our life-craziness (Read about that here in my Going Coastal Blog)My mom had returned my call and Dad got on the line - not to tell me how much he was enjoying my book, like I secret...

October 5, 2015

Jellyfish go with the flow. These light, gelatinous blobs aren’t equipped for traditional swimming, so they go wherever the ocean currents take them. Occasionally, they get into trouble, like when they float into a pesky swimmer or get tangled in a fishing net. But, ge...

September 10, 2015

A lifetime in the making, and my books are finally out there. The mystery of getting published has been solved, so we move to the next case. Now what? 

Talk about a journey worthy of pages - there were days, weeks, and months when I thought we’d never get here (cue the...

September 8, 2015

I wanna laundry gnome. I mean, hey, why not? Space travel’s become almost routine. We’ve sent cameras all the way to Pluto. We’ve got cloned sheep and who knows what else. We’ve even got robot vacuum cleaners. Is a laundry gnome too much to ask?

Just think of it. W...

August 5, 2015

It's a mystery to me how storylines come to life. I kinda think writers go through life collecting puzzle pieces that only come together when the story is complete. 

Sometimes, these pieces are elusive (hello, writer's block), but if an effort is

made to s...

July 30, 2015

Every writer needs a SCENE PLAYGROUND. Picture it - slides, swings, jungle gyms. Remember all the fun you used to have in

that place? You can have it all again (just in a nerdy, writer kind of way). All you have to do is start a new file on your computer called Scene Pl...

July 30, 2015

As a techno-dummo, I don’t do a lot of gadgety time-killers. I’m much rather watch TV. Law and Order rerun, anyone? But, that’s all my family does. They have all the crush games, the zombies, the whatevers. So, often, when they’re playing their games, I feel left out.

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