1. Friendships
    24 Oct, 2018
    I chose the title, 'The Ties that Bind' for my 4-book series after hearing 'President Fitz' from the TV show, 'Scandal' use the term pertaining to whatever it was at the time. I liked the connotation and thought it fit what I'm writing about: relationships between a group of people who for the most part have been in one another's lives since childhood. It didn't occur to me at the time, that it might sound like the title for a collection of erotica fiction, which is way more sizzling than
  2. Minnesota Nice
    09 Sep, 2018
    Minnesota Nice
    I haven't lived in Minnesota for decades, but have visited many times since moving away at age fourteen. Many cherished memories of my time there will stay with me forever. Have you ever heard the term 'Minnesota Nice'? It describes the people there who go out of their way to be accommodating and well, nice.  I decided to set my first two books in Bloomington, a Minneapolis suburb near Hopkins, where I once lived. Some of the places I allude to in the books are real, though others are pure
  3. What Kind of a Writer do I Strive to Be?
    15 Feb, 2018
    What Kind of a Writer do I Strive to Be?
    We all have our favorite authors and the one who comes to mind for me is Lavyrle Spencer. (Retired sob!) During her many years as a writer, she penned several best-selling, contemporary, and historical romance novels. Several are on my all-time favorite book list.     www.goodreads.com does a great job of describing Lavyrle's work:  Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focus on families rather than only the relationship between a man and woman. These "ordinary"
  4. A Favorite Book Series
    28 Jan, 2018
    A Favorite Book Series
    While searching for a book on Amazon a few years ago, I stumbled across a contemporary romance with an intriguing blurb. Though I had never heard of the author, I took a chance and knew I'd made a great decision right from the start. Kate Smith had captivated my attention with her amazing ability to weave emotion throughout her story. That and her realistic cast of characters had me wishing for more time to read. I'm always sad to reach the last page of a great story, and that had certainly been