When I began to write BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE, I wanted to look deeper into people. As many of you know, I don’t make up my characters. I meet them in my mind. When I’m all alone in my office it’s very much like a character walks in, sits down and begins to… Read More

1 The Deception

As I was finishing the last few pages of my novel, THE DECEPTION, Hawk Maddox and Kate Gallagher’s story, I got an interesting phone call.  I’m fortunate to be represented by a literary agency in New York as well as an agency in Hollywood. Since I love movies, I’ve always wanted to see one of… Read More

2 Writing Suspense in a Time of Uncertainty

In romantic suspense, I love the suspense. I love dark, twisty, edge-of-your seat stories with high body counts and truly vile villains. My motto is the darker the suspense, the more satisfying the happily ever after. But, like everyone else, the last few months have been full of uncertainty for me. I lost my day… Read More

11 How Music Inspires My Writing

It’s no secret that most authors fall into two camps—music while writing or silence. I fall into the silence category. If I hear a song, I’m humming or singing. Way too distracting. I need the quiet to be able to hear my characters speak. That doesn’t mean I’m not inspired by it. Just the opposite…. Read More

4 Mythbusting: Six Facts about Scotland in 1504

Hi everyone! For my latest erotic historical romance, Scandalous Passions, I researched late medieval Scotland for two months before I began writing (and include a bibliography at the end of the book.) Today I’m going to talk about six aspects of life in this era that are often misrepresented. Yes, there was both regular and… Read More

1 Finding Creativity by Magan Vernon, author of Heired Lines

Hey y’all, I felt like given the state of…well…everything, this might be a timely post. I guess I should start out saying that I had written over forty stories and when my editor asked for a new one about a couple in England I was stumped. I had no mojo or idea what to write… Read More

Need Something New to Read?

A lot of us are at home more than we expected. I do hope and pray our lives will go back to normal in the coming weeks and months. But I’ve been reading more than usual. How about you? Did you know that reading fiction topped the study of ways to de-stress? Well, it did!… Read More

Write What You Know and Then Some

As a writer, I’ve always been intrigued by topics above my pay grade. The more complicated, the more I seem drawn to a subject. Which can be problematic 1) because of the amount of research required, and 2) because often editors and agents lament, “Don’t make the plot too complicated.” In my late twenties, I… Read More

59 Romance is Everywhere…Even at the Asylum

Giveaway noted at the end After twenty-one years, two months, and twenty-one days of marriage, my husband had finally had enough. He hauled me off to an asylum. I’m not even going to pretend I didn’t want to go. In fact, I would say it was entirely my idea, which is not to say he… Read More