I recently read an article about a woman who’d climbed Mt. Everest.  Her mantra before and during this amazing feat:  “Eat the elephant one bite at a time.”  I didn’t really pay much attention to it at first, at least not until later in the morning when I sat down in front of a blinking… Read More

2 And a Hearty “Hi Ho, What Do the Critics Know”

Over the July Fourth holiday weekend I took in several movies, including The Lone Ranger. Doing so made me feel like quite the revolutionary. The majority of reviews I’d seen or read about this film essentially panned it. No that’s an understatement, they stomped it into the ground. As a result, I didn’t have high… Read More

Writer’s Block – It Exists!!

For years, I’ve been one of those admittedly annoying writers who denied the existence of true writer’s block. I’ve always gotten tons of ideas for books and stories and my “quick tip” for conquering writer’s block was just to apply some BICFOK (Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard) since writer’s block was essentially just a… Read More

27 Working the Dream

Dreams. We all have them, but some are shallower than others. Hey, I’ve been trying to lose weight since high school. I always imagined what it would feel like to have the perfect figure. I’m still imagining. Someone will carve on my gravestone: She Never Lost Those Ten Pounds. Some dreams, though, are deeper and… Read More

Thanks For Allowing Me To Torture You…

It’s release week, release week, release week!  Whooop!  I loooove release week!  My latest Pyschic Eye Mystery, DEADLY FORECAST, debuts Tuesday, July 2nd and I’m oodley excited about it.  It is the wedding book after all. For the past ten years I’ve nurtured the relationship between Abby and Dutch and at last their wedding day… Read More

Welcome to Summer Camp

I’m so excited to be back at Writerspace today to celebrate the release of my Young Adult debut, CAMP BOYFRIEND. This is a project I penned with my super sister-in-law, Karen, and we took a joint pen name as J.K. Rock, which is pretty darn close to each of our real names anyhow. If you… Read More


It’s an old story—maybe one of the oldest: boy from one family meets girl from rival family, boy and girl fall in love but family loyalties battle to keep them apart. When I set out to write THE GUEST HOUSE, I didn’t plan on star-crossed lovers. I imagined a rambling, shingle-style cottage by the water… Read More

1 Meeting Myself Coming and Going

I’ve been learning a lot about myself over the last few days. A lifelong friend—let’s call her Judy—has traveled around 1,500 miles to return here, to her home town, to attend her high school reunion (no way I’m saying which one, but the number almost rhymes with “LORDY,” which is just one of the words… Read More


One Lost Summer is in many ways a novel about identity and lies. It is about the lies people tell themselves to survive and the extent to which they may remain unknown in a person’s character and by those closest to them. It is about desire and obsession and it is about summer and the… Read More

A Peek Behind Debra Clopton’s A BRIDE FOR ALL SEASONS

One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan. I loved the role of Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) because she lived the quote. Kathleen was facing a life changing moment, the closing of the bookstore that had been her life and her mother’s. Her longtime friend, Birdie,… Read More