From Photo to Novel

This week Facebook sent me a memory from five years ago that I had forgotten. The picture was one I’d obtained with permission from the Bureau of Land Management. It featured a lone stallion standing on a grassy knoll looking out at the camera. His caramel color, long black mane and tail, and the spidery […]

Keep Authors Writing

At a recent meeting of my writing critique group, one of the authors mentioned how she uses reviews to choose what books she will read next. Her decision to read a work is influenced by what other readers have written. The numbers of stars and the enthusiasm of the reader all play a part in […]

Welcoming 2018

  The New Year is upon us. Three hundred sixty-five days waiting to be lived, surprises to be discovered, hopes and dreams to be realized. I’ve enjoyed 2017. I’m reluctant to let it go. My debut novel, An Anchor On Her Heart, published, my second novel, Love Calls Her Home, will follow in March, and […]

As Summer Wanes

The petunia blossoms have wilted. The ‘dragons have lost their snap. The paintbrush blooms of the celosia look more like dust wands from my kitchen closet than the soft, flame-shaped flowers they once were. All are signs that summer is coming to a close. Autumn waits. School bells will ring, farmers will plow their fields, […]

The Countdown Is On

The story behind the story, Part 2  All laborers in and around Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska have a home base. For some, visiting their original jump-off point is low on their priorities. Many live on the fishing boats they serve and rarely see the lower forty-eight. For others, leaving the ice, snow, and the constant […]