New Release next month

Things are really hectic right now but I wanted to pop in to announce that I have a new book coming out!

No More Tears will be released in November. This novella is outside of the genres I usually write, since it’s contemporary literary fiction,  the story of two sisters who struggle through a tragic situation.  It’s sad but uplifting, and deals with issues most families must face at some point.

I’ll post a blurb in the next week or so, and the date as soon as it’s finalized. I’m VERY excited about the cover but for now all I’m saying is…it’s gonna be an awesome cover reveal!


Walking and Writing

My workouts are in the morning but I look forward to putting on my walking shoes after a spending so much time at my desk. Talking a nice long afternoon walk not only helps me burn off the extra caffeine in my system, it’s also the time when I get some of my best writing ideas.  I think I heard somewhere that walking is a form of meditation, since you naturally clear your mind and let your thoughts come and go as you take in the scenery.  Whether I’m in the planning or polishing stage, new plot twists, bits of dialogue, and random details about whichever manuscript I’m working on at the time pop into my head. Fall field and flowers SM Sept 11, 2014 My walks are usually two or three miles on the country road we live on, but sometimes I’ll go to the park after I run errands in town.  (I took the picture above on a rainy afternoon about a week ago.) The voice recorder app on my phone comes in handy, so I don’t lose the ideas before I can jot them down. If I think anybody is close enough to hear me, I just pretend like I’m having a short phone conversation, but with the stuff I write it still comes off sounding a little weird: “She kills him with a woodchipper and then heads home for a glass of schnapps.  See you later!” or “They have a steamy love scene and break out the peacock feathers and ice cubes. Bye-bye!” Yep, I’m sure my neighbors think I’m a certifiable lunatic by now, but at least they still smile and wave.  :)

Quite a few famous authors and poets have been known to find inspiration while walking, such as Stephen King, Charles Dickens, J K Rowling, and Walt Whitman.  Henry David Thoreau once said, “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

Does walking kick your muse into overdrive?


Killer Nashville 2014 was AWESOME!

The 9th Annual Killer Nashville writer’s conference was last weekend, and it was awesome! It’s always so much fun to connect with other writers and make new friends, but one of the best parts is listening to other authors in panels and workshops talk about writing.  It would be impossible not to be inspired.  Some of my favorite speakers were Jenna Bennett, Lee Goldberg (I got his autograph, since I’m a big fan of his work on Monk and the series he’s writing with Janet Evanovich), William Kent Krueger, Lisa Jackson, Kathleen Cosgrove, and Don Bruns.

Romantic Suspense Panel Pic 1, KN14 ED
I was on a Romantic Suspense panel (pictured above) with authors Daco Auffenorde and Mary Burton.  We discussed topics including pacing, the ratio of romance and suspense in our novels, conflict, and villains.

My daughter Amanda enjoyed the conference, since she has also caught the writing bug.  The picture below shows her standing in front of the window in our room at the Omni.  She and I ate at both restaurants and the coffee shop in the hotel–Kitchen Notes was our fav!–and visited the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Amanda KN14 cropped

Now I’m off to get started on all those books I added to my reading list.  Have you been to Killer Nashville?  I’m already looking forward to going back next year!


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