Off to Conference

Two years ago this week I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon. There I met my then-to-be-publisher Miralee Ferrell,  of Mountain Brook Ink and agreed to write a three-book series—a happy ending to a long journey of attending conferences and seeking publishing houses. This week I will again attend the conference, bringing […]

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 […]

Win a free eBook

Today I’m the guest author on Author Cynthia Herron’s website: Heartfelt Homespun Fiction. You can win a free ebook of my latest release, Love Calls Her Home, by visiting the site and leaving a comment. The Contract That Almost Wasn’t via Patricia Lee Contest ends Tueseday, April 10, and winner will be posted on Cynthia’s […]

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 […]

A Horse from History

No horse rescue ranch would be worth a story if not for a horse. When I chose to place the setting of my novel in Harney County in eastern Oregon, I was motivated by knowledge of a protected herd of horses, who ranged on Steens Mountain near Kiger Ridge. The herd is believed to be the […]

Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration How does an author find inspiration? This week as I finished the proofread copy of my second novel, Love Calls Her Home, I needed to stop and ponder that question. I thought back to the story’s beginnings several years ago. At that time I was particularly bothered by the ongoing war in Afghanistan […]