Diversity needs to be the new normal in Romance Writing

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was young. Being from India, over the years, I often wondered why the men and women from my country were not represented in romance books. Why was the hero not a dashing billionaire from India? Why was the heroine not a spunky, successful girl who reminded me of… Read More

7 Writing Baby Characters

I’m so happy to be on Writerspace, talking about my new book, About That Night. One of my favorite scenes in this book involves Archie, my couple’s nine-month-old son. I wanted to write this character with realism, and even though my own child is eleven, I went through old pictures and my kid’s baby book,… Read More


To celebrate the release of The Afterlife of the Party, the first book in my teen vampire trilogy, I’m giving away a signed copy to US residents only. I’ve always been fascinated by vampires. I think it started because my older sister was a fan of Dark Shadows and used to watch it when she… Read More

5 Why I Write Dragons by Chris Cannon

Whenever I tell people that I write shape-shifting dragons they have one of two responses. They act excited and they want to know more, or they change the topic of conversation and suddenly remember an appointment they have somewhere far, far away from the strange woman who writes about talking mythical creatures. I guess you… Read More

It Started With Besse

What a crazy year I had. Everything was planned and rolling along nicely, then COVID hit the fan.  I’m not telling you anything new. All of our lives were turned upside down. For me, writing stopped as I spent the first few months in front of the TV understanding what “social distancing” meant. In March… Read More

Exploring the Strange and Unusual

In Love Spells and Other Disasters, Rowan’s world is saturated with the strange and unusual. Her mom is a parapsychologist and on a never-ending quest to reconnect with the ghost of Rowan’s dad. Rowan is a non-believer, mainly because she thinks that all of the strange things that happen around her mom are just coincidences… Read More

8 Beyond Disney’s Magic and Miami’s Glitz

When you think of Florida, do you immediately think 1) Spring break on the beach or 2) Disney? If so, you’re not alone. But Florida, believe it or not, offers much more than that. I live in Central Florida, and when we moved up here from S. Florida’s hustle and bustle 25 years ago, we… Read More

3 Behind the Scenes With Christina Hovland

Thanks so much for having me here at Writerspace today! I am so excited to talk about my new romantic momedy, Rachel, Out of Office. This is the story of a single mom trying to be all the things to everybody in her life, while leaving no time for the things she really needs. Enter… Read More

10 New Beginnings

We’re almost three weeks into the new year. Christmas seems like it was so long ago—the baking, decorating, and shopping nothing but a dream. Many resolutions—made with the best of intention—have fallen to the wayside. But that doesn’t change the fact that January is traditionally a time for new beginnings. Even if you haven’t kept… Read More

6 The Story Behind the Story

I often get asked, “Do you ever run out of story ideas?” Honestly, not in this lifetime. I have so many ideas running through my head it’s more a matter of being selective and choosing what really talks to me. And also what I hope my readers will enjoy, too. Often the best stories come… Read More