Ask a Question, But Never Answer It — #MFRWauthor

It's week 28 of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge, and this week's prompt is it's a Life Lessons in My Books. I love this topic, I just wish I had more time to work on it. With a house still full of grandkids and half a dozen projects in various stages, I'm having a tough … Continue reading Ask a Question, But Never Answer It — #MFRWauthor

Just Ask Me Why I Breathe — #MFRWauthor

Welcome to week 26 of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blogging challenge. We're halfway through the year already, can you believe it? Today's prompt is Why I Write and I'm serious when I say you might as well just ask me why I breathe. The answers would be the same. But let me see if I can … Continue reading Just Ask Me Why I Breathe — #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”

Behind the Scenes of “LET IT SNOW”

I guess it's about time to use the random number generator again. I'm picking another book for a behind-the-scenes look at what went in to making the story what it is. Today's random pick is Let it Snow, a contemporary romance novel set in southern Colorado. Number 1: The character of Rick Dennehy came to … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “LET IT SNOW”

Behind the Scenes of “PEPPERMINT TWISTED”

Well, here we are, ready for the second installment of Behind the Scenes. I was going to put the names of all my novels into a hat and draw one randomly, but I was feeling much too lazy to do all that work, so I assigned each book a number and used an online random … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “PEPPERMINT TWISTED”

Behind the Scenes of “KEEPING HER SAFE”

Readers are always asking authors where ideas for books, characters, and settings come from, and so I'd like to answer a few of those questions. I'd like to promise that each week I'll pick one book at random and give you five pieces of trivia about the book--but I know myself and life too well … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of “KEEPING HER SAFE”

5 Things You Might Not Know about Yellowstone National Park

Disney claims that its theme parks are the "happiest place on earth." Much as I love Disney, I would have to argue with them about that claim--at least as far as I'm concerned. As a kid growing up in Montana, I looked forward every year to my family's annual visit to Yellowstone National Park, always … Continue reading 5 Things You Might Not Know about Yellowstone National Park

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? #MFRWauthor

It's week 14 of the MFRWauthor blogging challenge, and this week our prompt is Story Inspiration. I think one of the most common questions I've heard in my two-and-a-half decades in this business is, "Where do you get your ideas?" This usually comes from someone who isn't the creative type because I think most creatives, whether they're … Continue reading Where Do You Get Your Ideas? #MFRWauthor

The Quality of Being Weak — #MFRWauthor

It's week 13 of the MFRWauthor BlogHop and our prompt is My Greatest Weakness. Last week, I chose to discuss my greatest strength as an author, so I'm staying on topic today, as well. But what would I say is my greatest weakness? I think it would be that I don't move quickly. I don't … Continue reading The Quality of Being Weak — #MFRWauthor