Do you really live there?

My first mystery, Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, is set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a small lakeside resort village in the northwest corner of the state, on the road to Glacier Park. It’s a delightful community whose residents relish good food. They love growing it, making it, scouting out great… Read More

1 It’s No Labor to Read September 2013 Top Shelf Author Releases

Sure, Labor Day 2013 has already come and gone, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of entertainment and relaxation ahead for you. After all there are six Writerspace Top Shelf Author releases to savor. Take for example. . . ANNIE’S SONG By Catherine Anderson Mass Market Paperback Released 8/27/13 – reissue from 01/96 Published by… Read More

7 Like Sand Through The Hourglass….

The characters in the latest book in the embroidery mystery series are going through a lot of changes, especially heroine Marcy. Although she has been living independently from her mom for quite some time now, Marcy experiences a little bit of a role reversal in this book because she has to be her mother’s protector…. Read More

6 Build It And They Will Come . . .

Or at least that’s the reason that I’ve been slowly creating the town of Snowberry Creek, Washington. All stories need a backdrop, the place where all the action plays out. For the characters to become real enough for readers to care about, the world they live and work in has to be three-dimensional and believable…. Read More


I’m on vacation! Actually, I’m on staycation. And LOVING it. Chances are good that after four days of spending a lot of time at home the thrill would already be gone if I wasn’t someone who traveled constantly with my work. As a result, there’s something almost unique about padding around my pad in barefeet… Read More

Hand Quilting: How Hard Can It Be?

I consider myself a crafty person. I can use a glue gun with the best of them, and I know the difference between a knitting needle and crotchet hook. So when I had the opportunity to write the Amish Quilt Shop Series for Penguin, I thought I could handle it. True, I hand never hand-quilted… Read More


THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE August 27, from Pocket Books RT Book Reviews Top Pick!  “Fascinating…powerful…beautifully wrought.” Publishers Weekly:  “Intense and Satisfying” Literal Addiction:  “The best book I’ve read all year.” Roxanne Love is a miracle.  Ask anyone.  She’s died and miraculously recovered not once, not twice, but three times.  In the way of… Read More

2 This Fragile Life

How Much of Me is in the Story? As a writer, I often get asked how much of my writing is autobiographical. The easy answer is, of course, not much. I write fiction; I make up stories in my head. None of it is real. But there is a more complicated answer, because in another… Read More


I’ve always loved fall. It’s my favorite season, hands down. I adore the cooler temperatures, the brisk nights, the cute sweaters. To me, fall heralds new beginnings, like back to school and better television.  It’s also a reminder that the holiday season, which includes my birthday, is just around the corner. That’s always equaled a… Read More