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7 Easy (but they can actually be pretty hard) Steps for Taking Care of Yourself

7 Easy (but they can actually be pretty hard) Steps for Taking Care of Yourself

I write for a living. Then I go home and write for myself. Anytime I’m not writing, it feels like I should be writing. I live in a world of words.  Many writers do. But writing is hard. It takes time. It takes effort. It […]

What About Paris?

What About Paris?

What is it about Paris? This was the question I asked myself two weeks ago when I returned from my latest adventure abroad. I’ve been to Paris two times before this. Once, for a quick, 24 hour trip from London. I really enjoyed it that […]

I’M BACK (and exhausted, please send coffee)

I’M BACK (and exhausted, please send coffee)

Katie is a tyrant. It’s true. Wanna know why? She won’t let me work on Flame of Burnt Brandy right now. She won’t let me work on the query or synopsis or… anything. Because she says I need “rest.” What is this rest? But really, […]

I LOVE BOOK PEOPLE

I LOVE BOOK PEOPLE

Let me tell you a story… So, today I went into a bookstore… I know. That’s how most of my stories start. But this one is different. Well, not that different. BUT this time was different because I talked to book people! I met the […]

I Really Wanted Him to Be Dead

I Really Wanted Him to Be Dead

Writers are weird creatures. We all know it. We all agree. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my creative process and show you a series of messages I sent to Katie today… It went something like this: “DARN  APPARENTLY, ROGER IS ALIVE  AND […]

Where I’ve Been…

Where I’ve Been…

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been busy with my new job. I’m now working as a copywriter for a mortgage company in Westminster, which means my commute went from an hour to six minutes (eight, if I hit a lot of lights […]

I’m Going On An Adventure!

I’m Going On An Adventure!

Hey, all. You won’t see me around the blog for the next few weeks… because I’m going on an adventure! (In my opinion, that line was the best part of The Hobbit movies.) Anyway, tomorrow I’m off for my two-week trip to Ireland and the […]

Writing in the Dark (Outlines, Come Back!)

Writing in the Dark (Outlines, Come Back!)

It took me about eight months to complete Adelaide. That’s pretty fast for me because it usually takes me about a year to complete a novel. I think I figured out why it went so fast… From the beginning, I had a clear idea of where Adelaide was […]

Wisdom from Colum McCann

Wisdom from Colum McCann

“On occasion we write a sentence that isn’t, in fact, correct, but it sings. And the question is: would you rather be the ornithologist or the bird?” Instead of hearing from me today, I want you to read this article from The Guardian.  Colum McCann is […]

Not My “Anne with an ‘E'”

Not My “Anne with an ‘E'”

I once wrote that Anne Shirley was “my pen and ink twin.” My copies of the Anne of Green Gables series are cover-lost and taped up… I’m pretty much always re-reading one of them. At my wedding I walked down the aisle to “Anne’s Theme” (I’m listening […]