Mom’s Gift

My mom has always been all about stories. When I was little, she read and read to me:¬†Winnie the Pooh, Ramona the Pest, the¬†Book House books (which, heartbreakingly, were lost in a move.) She was, and is a teacher, and she made sure I became a reader. But there was another gift she gave: she […]

That Character You Love to Hate

Sometimes it’s the little things… Writing antagonists can be almost too much fun. Of course, we don’t want to make the ALL bad. We need to show them as balanced human beings. But when you first introduce an unpleasant character, how do you show he’s unpleasant? I thought we’d take a little stroll through The […]

I have never told you

“I have never told you.” Five words that can deepen your characters, add page-turning plot elements, and shed light on motivation. When I talk to my characters (and yes, I do this frequently–it’s a relationship that must be maintained), I’m gratified when they talk back. And they will, if you know what to ask them. […]


  Frantic. That’s how I used to feel all the time. Like there was no room to breathe. Anyone who’s known me for years will tell you that balance was a struggle for me. Sometimes it still is. I’ve searched hard for equilibrium, and I’m still a work in progress, but I do feel a […]