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Writers’ block, which for years I insisted did not exist, has swallowed me whole. In an effort to escape the belly of this cold beast, I volunteered to teach a ten-week writing course at the local senior center. I do, … Continue reading

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Chewing on Life

  I went to sleep before Wheel of Fortune. At three a.m., precisely three a.m., a flash of light illuminated the room, silhouetted my open laptop on the desk next to the bed. By the time the thunder followed I … Continue reading

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There Be Monsters

Yesterday Jan Morrill, the award winning author of The Red Kimono, and a good friend of mine, posted a blog about the beast within us all. Her point, if I understood it correctly, was that these monsters must be embraced … Continue reading

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Aha Moment

When Mutual of Omaha sent me an email inviting me to participate in their Aha Moment, I knew exactly which moment I wanted to share. But sharing that moment in a thirty-second commercial? Holy smoke, you all know me. I … Continue reading

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Why a Western?

Ridgeline is my fifth published book. None of my previous works are westerns. So then why, at this stage of my career, would I choose to write in a genre that is, according the geniuses in New York, writhing in … Continue reading

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Daddy’s Girl

It has been pointed out to me that the women in my novels often have a special and wonderful bond with their fathers. Oh there’s plenty of tension and flaws on both sides, but the father-daughter relationship is strong. Goo … Continue reading

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The Cowboy

Five years ago, when someone asked what I wrote, I said, “Contemporary novels and a few short stories.” Then, in an attempt to explain once and for all just what possessed my husband, Jack, and me to strap two 150 … Continue reading

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Publisher/Author Love Affair

The love affair between small press publisher and author often begins with emotional fireworks and an emotion that sure-as-shootin’ feels like true love.  The author is ecstatic that their work is appreciated.  “They like me!  They really like me!” The … Continue reading

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Always a Marine

Married to a Marine who fought in Vietnam, for years and years my writing stayed away from post-traumatic stress, war trauma.  Or so I thought. Honestly I didn’t even notice I’d included a combat vet in each of my novels … Continue reading

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Perspective

Have you ever stood really close to a great work of art?  Your nose practically touches the canvas.  The smell of the pigment makes the little hairs in your nose itch. The click of hard-soled shoes on granite tiles tips … Continue reading

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