Virtual Book Club

Virtual Book Club

I’m trying something new. And you can join me. Writing about the five women who make up the Readaholics book club in my new mystery series has inspired me to start a book club. It’s been seven or eight years since I participated in a book club, and...
The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Your first anniversary is coming up.  You’ve been married for eleven and a half blissful months and you’ve written almost all the thank-you notes for the wedding gifts.  And now, you have to think about an anniversary gift. Paper, Rock, Aluminum You can go with the...
Do You Read Sad Books?

Do You Read Sad Books?

Late last year, I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, a YA bestseller about a 16-year-old girl, Hazel, with terminal cancer and a 17-year-old boy, Augustus, who is in remission from osteosarcoma when the book opens.  (Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this...
Titlemania

Titlemania

Sometimes titles pop into an author’s head as a serendipitous gift, but more often they’re the product of trial and error, hard work, and conscious creativity.  Publishers occasionally tell an author what the title will be and then you’re stuck unless your agent can...
The Readaholics Read The Maltese Falcon

The Readaholics Read The Maltese Falcon

Part of the fun of writing a series about a mystery book club is selecting the books they get to read. For a variety of reasons, I decided that Amy-Faye and her friends would mostly read classic mysteries. Mainly, I wanted an excuse to immerse myself in the best of...
A Guide for Surviving Life with Teens

A Guide for Surviving Life with Teens

The word “teenager” comes from the Latin and means “a puddle of hormonally unbalanced moods, angst, disobedience, rolling eyes and sarcasm incapable of hanging up a single item of clothing or taking a shower that doesn’t drain Lake Superior.”  Latin is a remarkably...