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

Getting it Write

I’m often asked what advice I have for new authors. I think that’s a fairly standard question for most published authors and I’m always interested in what others have to say.  Often, their suggestions are reminders to me of something forgotten or needing more thought. My answer to the question is to rewrite, rewrite and… Read More

Seriously Series

In my “Heart” series, I have a different hero and heroine in every book and the setting of Celta, a planet colonized by Earth people with psi powers, remains the same.  🙂 I make sure that people new to the series can jump right in! Romantic Times gave HEART FORTUNE 4 1/2 stars and said,… Read More

4 Shattered Illusions

My children were in elementary school the first time I stayed in a campground.  It was with a group of writers held at a member’s mountain vacation house.  My sister and I knew nothing about pitching a tent and as we pulled out the instructions to ours, some of the other attendees told us to… Read More


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


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