Just Me and My Fitbit
This week in A Family of Strangers, next summer’s release from Mira Books, I needed a scene with my point of view character, Ryan. Ryan is casual in both dress and manner, and she shops… well, I’ll let her tell you what she says about her clothing choices early in the book. Today I wore…Read More
23 and Me: Classifying Fictional Characters
While I’m taking time off this summer, I’m also working on my next novel for Mira Books. You might not know I’m working if you watch me. Days pass without my opening my computer. But inside my head, I’m slowly working through what I know and don’t know about the four major characters who will…Read More
Harry Potter: Do Fictional Characters Impact Our Lives?
Proman (short for Project Manager aka my beloved husband) has a big birthday coming up. You know what I mean, don’t you? One of those birthdays with a zero? Luckily he’s not adverse to flaunting it. To celebrate, all our children are arriving this week, along with their children, and by the weekend our little…Read More
Sympathetic and Unsympathetic Characters. Black and White or Shades of Gray?
**No real spoilers, but I do give some insights about The Swallow’s Nest, so beware. Part of the joy of publishing a book is learning that you’ve reached readers with your words. The Joyful: Sometimes I’ve brought my readers hours of pleasurable reading. Some of you have told me that you were able to lose yourself…Read More
When We Were Sisters: Cecilia Speaks
In preparation for the launch of When We Were Sisters on May 31, join me for brief excerpts from the autobiographies of the three major characters, Robin, Kris and Cecilia. Cecilia: We’ve heard from Robin Lenhart and her husband Kris. Today Cecilia tells a little of her story. Cecilia clawed her way to the top of the music scene to…Read More
When We Were Sisters: Kris Speaks
In preparation for the launch of When We Were Sisters on May 31, join me for brief excerpts from the autobiographies of the three major characters, Robin, Kris and Cecilia. Kris Lenhart: Last week we heard from Robin. This week we’ll hear from her husband Kristoff Lenhart. Kris and Robin are at a crisis point in their marriage, and when Robin leaves…Read More
When We Were Sisters: Robin Speaks
In preparation for the launch of When We Were Sisters on May 31, join me for the next three Wednesdays for snippets from the autobiographies of three major characters. Robin Lenhart: Robin is thirty-eight, married to Kris Lenhart and the mother of two children. She gave up a promising career as a photojournalist to become a wife and…Read More
Five Characters Readers Hate
Do you love coming home after a vacation? No matter how much you enjoyed yourself? I’ll confess no matter how good my trips, I miss my dog, my house, my bed and the birds and alligator who regularly visit my backyard. I’m always glad to get back to them. I’m even glad to get back to…Read More
How Skilled Are We at Choosing a Mate?
The three major characters in No River Too Wide are not as diverse as they first appear. While they are varied in age and outlook on life, Harmony, Jan and Taylor have one major thing in common. Each woman is examining exactly what she looks for or looked for when choosing a man to love. Falling in…Read More
This year I began a new weekend diversion on my author Facebook page. Each Friday night or Saturday morning I post a “Fantasy for the Weekend.” For instance last weekend here’s what I asked: In honor of holiday eating: A very smart nutritionist has discovered a way to make any food healthy without changing the…Read More