20 JUST BREATHE

In JUST BREATHE, Sarah Moon has an alter-ego of sorts in her comic strip heroine, who goes through many of the same trials and tribulations. There’s a little bit of me in Sarah, even though she’s younger, thinner and more naive than I am.  That’s the fantasy element coming into play. I live deeply inside the… Read More

When Art Inspires Art

I’ve been writing professionally for several years and have multiple published books in various sub-genres to my credit. No matter what I’m writing—contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, historical—I always get the same question. Where do you get your ideas?  Some ideas spring from life experiences—people I’ve known, things I’ve done.  Some of the more fantastical ideas sprout… Read More

A CHILDHOOD REVISITED

I’ve lived in America for most of my adult life but there are things I still miss about England. I suppose some of this is a longing for a time more than a place. I have happy memories of my childhood, of the innocence of life in the English countryside, off on my bike for… Read More

Alpha , non-PC and Kick-Ass Heroines

I like to write controversial books.  Hot books.  Futuristic romance  books. Ok, if I haven’t lost your interest already, you’re probably my kind of reader. In romance, if you want to write for a huge publisher, for the most part, we’re mostly taught to write politically correct heroines. (There are exceptions) That means publishers want… Read More

Authors, Cats, & the Chairvonian Wars (aka Tweet Inspiration)

Don’t get any cats.  Just don’t.  Get some goldfish instead.  Or guppies.  Guppies are very quiet and peaceful.  They float, wiggle their fins, open and shut their mouths, and in general are colorful but restful creatures.  They’re not as much fun to Tweet about, but… Well, okay, 1 or 2 cats might be okay.  But… Read More

This Cuckoo’s Calling “Ka-Ching”

The minute I heard the news report, I knew. The fix was on. You probably did too. Some booksellers have told me they laughed out loud when they heard. Then rubbed their hands together with glee and immediately put in an order for more (or in many cases their first) copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling… Read More

1 Why We Fall for Rock Stars!

Oh rockstars, I do love you so. The tattoos alone are drool-worthy. The fact that you can control tens of thousands of screaming fans with your voice and guitar? Yeah. That too. *fans self* If you’ve ever been to a concert and watched a sexy lead singer do his thing, there may have been a… Read More

First Kiss…

As a writer, I love the first kiss in a story.  I love planning it and writing it.  The first kiss can set the tone for a book’s sensual level.  It also kick-starts the push and pull of the romance.  I’ve written quick ones, long ones, hot ones, and sweet ones.  If you love romance,… Read More

5 THE SMELL OF A BOOK

Thanks to Writerspace for inviting me to blog today! There’s a new perfume out called Paper Passion that supposedly replicates the aroma of a freshly printed book.  At $98/ounce, it could be the answer to anyone who complains about an ebook’s lack of scent.  I envision cross promotion any day now.  Going on a trip? … Read More