Behind the Scenes of “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”

I'm back for another installment of Behind the Scenes, this time talking about No Place Like Home is the second book in the Fred Vickery Mystery series. Fred's son, Douglas, returns to Cutler for a visit, but Fred soon realizes that Douglas isn't interested in catching up with him. He's come home, chasing his ex-wife, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”

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5 Places I’ve Found Inspiration for Stories — #upbeatauthors

Writers are often asked where they get the ideas for their stories. Readers are genuinely curious, but writers sometimes have a tough time answering that question. Some stories come into your head with a bang! and some arrive kicking and screaming. Every book is different. Some ideas pop into a writer's head after overhearing a … Continue reading 5 Places I’ve Found Inspiration for Stories — #upbeatauthors

A Childhood Pastime – #upbeatauthors

Happy Monday! It's the start of a brand new week. It's going to be a great week, beginning with the solar eclipse today and moving right on through to the end of the week. On Upbeat Authors, our challenge this week is to think about something we enjoyed doing as a child that we commit … Continue reading A Childhood Pastime – #upbeatauthors

Behind the Scenes of “CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING”

It's time for another installment of "Behind the Scenes," not for any specific reason, but because it just feels like time to me. And because this is my blog and I make the rules, it's time. I picked today's book, as I always do, by using a random number generator, and today's choice is Christmas … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING”

Behind the Scenes of “THAT WOMAN IN WYOMING”

This is a busy week here on the blog. I'm just popping in to let you know that I'm blogging at the Write Way Cafe today, sharing some insight into the writing of That Woman in Wyoming. Come on over if you have a minute and say hello!  You'll find my post here:

Tell Me a Story. Any Story — #MFRWauthor

It's week 30 of the MFRWauthor 52 Week Blog Challenge, and this week's topic is books: Paperback, ebook, or audio? Honestly, for me, it doesn't matter. I love stories. I don't care what medium a storyteller chooses to use. I love books, I love movies, I love TV, I love hearing someone tell a story … Continue reading Tell Me a Story. Any Story — #MFRWauthor

A Favorite Book is Like an Old Friend – #MFRWauthor

Happy Friday! It's Week 25 of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge, and this week's prompt is Favorite Books to Read. My question for you is: how much time do you have? Because asking authors or any other voracious reader about their favorite books is...well, it could make for some long (but extremely interesting) posts. I'm … Continue reading A Favorite Book is Like an Old Friend – #MFRWauthor

Too Many Words? Too Few? — #MFRWauthor

Good morning, world. It's Friday, which means it's time for another entry in the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blogging Challenge. It's week 23, and our prompt is: Word Counts Matter...How Much? How Often? So yeah. Word counts. They are the bane of my existence and the love of my life. They matter--to publishers who are trying to … Continue reading Too Many Words? Too Few? — #MFRWauthor

Behind the Scenes of “REBEL WITHOUT A CAKE”

I logged in to the random number generator this morning and had it pick a book for today's blog post. Its selection? Rebel Without a Cake, the fifth book in the Piece of Cake mystery series I wrote under the pseudonym Jacklyn Brady. I had a great time writing Rebel Without a Cake. In fact, it was … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “REBEL WITHOUT A CAKE”

I Can’t Stand it When… #MFRWauthor

It's Friday, and that means it's week 22 of the MFRWauthor 52-week blog challenge. This week's prompt is  My pet peeve in a book. I'm a demanding reader. I'm going to admit that right off the bat. I think I always have been in some ways. Becoming a writer has, I think, made me even … Continue reading I Can’t Stand it When… #MFRWauthor