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

Medium Rare and the Familiar

The first novel in my Ramos Family/Medium trilogy, Medium Well, concerned a very nasty ghost that the hero and heroine had to put down. To be fair, the second novel, Medium Rare, (coming on August 20 from Berkley InterMix) also has a pretty nasty ghost at the center of the action. But it has something… Read More

Alibis and Amethysts

Howdy folks – I’m federal marshal Zeke Drummond, deceased since 1878. Those of you who have been readin’ what I like to call “The Sketch Books” have already made my acquaintance, but I’m mighty pleased to meet any newcomers among you. For the past few years, I’ve been busy solvin’ murders with my partner Rory… Read More

Memorable Characters

Every once in a while someone says something or does something that totally surprises me.  A few days ago I received an e-mail from a fan.  She asked me what was going on with Cinnamon.  For a moment I was thrown.  Cinnamon is the name of a character in my book The Right Wedding Gown. … Read More

1 What’s your story?

Do you have a favorite story? I’m not talking about a specific book, but a story that pops up again and again in the books you keep, the movies you own, or the TV shows you just can’t get enough of. Maybe you love a good Cinderella story, or a Lancelot and Guinevere story (with… Read More

August 2013 Releases End Summer with Pleasure

Lots of folks equate the end of summer with the end of freedom and a return to responsibility and, well, boredom. Thanks to the Top Shelf Authors at Writerspace, however, you can bring your summer of 2013 to a close with lots of reading pleasure. For example, why not try: BRIDAL JITTERS By Jayne Castle… Read More

1 When Characters Happen

When I started writing the Dr. Charlotte Stone series, it was supposed to be straight suspense.  THE LAST VICTIM, the first book in the series, began as a dark, intense thriller about a woman who, as a teenager, was the sole survivor of a serial killer who murdered her best friend.  A woman who was… Read More