Announcing!

THE GAME OF HOPE
For the stepdaughter of Napoleon,
nothing is easy—especially love.

A Young Adult novel based on the teen years
of Josephine Bonaparte’s daughter Hortense.

Available for pre-order
from your favorite bookstore or online.

How to Begin to Write a Book

Every stage of writing a book is a challenge—the beginning, the middle, and the end—but I think figuring out how to begin to write a book might be the most difficult. I'm at the beginning stage of writing my next novel now. I'm going to use Scrivener for this one, and...

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In Praise of Japan

My husband and I took a long trip this fall, to Japan for three weeks. It was fantastic! We are culinary travelers, and Japan was a treat. I had spent two summers in Japan as a teen, staying with my aunt and uncle (who flew for Japan Airlines) and my two cousins. My...

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House of books & dreams

Imagine a little house—or, rather, more properly, a two-story reading room—containing thousands of books. Imagine this house on the outskirts of Killaloe, a rural village of six hundred in northern Ontario. Amazing. I had the pleasure of visiting "Love's Healing...

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Like wild! In the pink! On final stage revision …

I started writing this post six months ago, back when The Game of Hope was titled Moonsick. As part of the final check, then, I was looking for "legal" and "illegal" words—that is, words that didn't exist in 1800. Here are the words and phrases I was surprised to...

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A newsletter, finally!

I'm about to send out a newsletter — my first in six months! I've been MIA here on this blog, as well, the result of moving into a house still under construction, all the while working to finish my next novel, THE GAME OF HOPE. Those of you who are already signed up...

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Trying to write in 2017 …

I sent draft 9.8 of The Game of Hope to my editor – a partial deadline met, which is always a wonderful feeling. Right now I'm organizing my beta-reader and consultant feedback notes and making further changes. The final-final draft is due in only two-and-a-half...

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