Crinolines and Carpetbags

on January 5, 2017

by Deanna Raybourn One of the joys of writing historical fiction is the chance to read as much as you like on a pet subject—so much that you could easily bore your friends senseless on the topic. (Inviting writers to dinner parties is a risky proposition.) Over the years, I have acquired a set of… Read More

Deanna Raybourn

Deanna Raybourn

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.

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New September Titles Ideal for Labor Day Reading …

on September 3, 2015

As you pack for the Labor Day holiday weekend, be sure to drop by your local  bookstore for the perfect beach read:  Robyn Carr’s newest Thunder Point Novel, Wildest Dreams. Professional triathlete Blake Smiley has traveled the world but now he needs a quiet place where he can focus and train without distraction—Thunder Point seems… Read More

Name Your Favorite Author Website …

on April 21, 2015

Wise women know that sometimes the best thing that can happen in life is to be a little unpopular as a young girl—if only because the teasing and ostracizing that often goes with that can also give you the time to develop a thick skin, other interests, and one of the most valuable skills on… Read More

Wielding Procrastination as a Weapon

on March 28, 2014

I was going to talk about procrastination as a weapon—like Thor’s Mjölnir!–but that sounds like a LOT of effort, doesn’t it? Maybe I should just call it a tool—although even that word makes me want to go take a nap. Writers, at least some of us, are fond friends with procrastination. It’s the pal that… Read More

Familiar Faces

on February 7, 2014

In my May 2013 release, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, I introduced Delilah Drummond, a heroine who is not for the faint of heart. Her story starts off in her own words and gives you a pretty good idea of who she is: Don’t believe the stories you have heard about me. I have never… Read More

A Little Midsummer Magic

on November 14, 2013

When my publisher asked me to write a series of Julia Grey novellas, I hopped on the idea. I suggested we theme them to traditional English holidays, and last year saw the debut of SILENT NIGHT—a Christmas story complete with all the trappings of a proper Victorian holiday, wassail, carols, and a Yule log so… Read More

The Name Game

on May 10, 2013

Naming characters is one of the most enjoyable—and challenging—aspects of writing. In the case of the main characters in A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, one was perfectly simple and straightforward while the other was just as much trouble as you’d expect her to be… J. Ryder White is the hero of the book, and his… Read More