I Write Where You Vacation

Everyone, at some point, comes to Florida. Or they want to. It’s easy to see why: there are magical theme parks in Orlando, luxury hotels in Miami, cruise ships in Fort Lauderdale. And the beaches… everyone wants to vacation on a Florida beach, am I right? Maybe you have already been here, or are planning… Read More


Hi, everyone! I’m Heather McCollum, author of happily-ever-afters featuring brawny Highlanders and feisty heroines. I’m thrilled to be here today on Writerspace to celebrate my newest Scottish historical romance, THE WICKED VISCOUNT! This story takes place in the 17th century, during a time of great political, religious, and social upheaval in Scotland and England. Cat… Read More

Southern Sweets

Strawberry picking is a favorite mid Spring pastime here in the South. As soon as those little bitty seeds go in the ground it’s an anxious countdown till that day in May when you can head to your local U-pick farm and fill your baskets with fresh strawberries. It’s so fun being out in those… Read More

Clash of Culture

I’m excited to be here and talk about my new release Vow of Silence. One of the things that I love about this book, and what I think sets it apart from other romantic suspense is the location. I wanted to tell a story that took place in Lancaster County and involved the Amish community…. Read More

May Marches On

Happy May, everyone. I fairly much described where I was in my writing when I blogged at Writerspace last month. My fifth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, For a Good Paws, is now available. It’s the last in the series, and my last book for its publisher, Midnight Ink, which is closing. I also talked about… Read More

Tips and tricks for the Stressed-out Author

Usually I am a slow writer, but circumstances forced me to write my new release, Heart’s Desire, at the fastest pace I’ve ever written. In order to finish on time, I had to push myself to my limit—and I’m sure many of you can relate. Anyone pursuing a career as an author knows for every… Read More

I Remember Mama

“I Remember Mama”–Do any of you remember that TV show way back when or the even older black and white movie of the Swedish immigrant family in San Francisco? Lyn Cote here–This is the month we celebrate mothers and I want to share a fond story of my complex mother. I must have been around… Read More

Behind The Scenes with My Characters

I don’t know exactly what prompted me to write about a ballet dancer, only that once I had the idea, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It just felt…right! Talia came to me fully formed as a character, with her energy, her bendy yoga in the living room, and her total inability to… Read More

Location, Location, Location

In my new book, 8 Souls, the story of Chessie and David is set in Villisca, Iowa, which is a real-life place. In fact, it’s even a bit infamous, as the site of eight unsolved axe murders that took place in June 1912. While writing the story, I couldn’t help but compare what it’s like… Read More