Inspiration in Content & Structure: If you want acorns, look under an oak tree

on June 27, 2016
Katharine Britton

By Katharine Britton Inspiration in content Inspiration, the root of which is the word “spirit,” comes from the Latin “spiritus,” meaning “breath.” Early (c. 1300) definitions of “inspiration” meant the “immediate influence of God or a god” mainly in religious writing. Inspiration, when it comes to an author, can feel like divine intervention. But even… Read More

Katharine Britton

Katharine Britton

Katharine has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest. Katharine is a member of the League of Vermont Writers and PEN New England. She teaches writing at Colby-Sawyer College, and is an instructor at The Writer’s Center.

When not at her desk, Katharine can often be found in her Norwich garden, waging a non-toxic war against the slugs, snails, deer, woodchucks, chipmunks, moles, voles, and beetles with whom she shares her yard. Katharine's defense consists mainly of hand-wringing, after-the-fact.


on May 9, 2016
rock-a-bye bones jacket - USA Today

by Carolyn Haines People often ask writers where ideas for books come from. I think it’s different for each story—a tidbit for a newspaper or magazine, a chance conversation with a friend, happening upon a historical fact while looking for something else, or maybe a dream. Sometimes, as in the case of Rock-A-Bye Bones, one… Read More

Twelve Authors Participate in The Inheritance Collection

on April 22, 2016
Deadly Legacy Final

    By Margaret Daley From Judith Arnold about how The Inheritance collection originated: The idea for the series was born during the “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference in 2015. Patricia McLinn, Day Leclaire, Lisa Mondello, Kathryn Shay, and Judith Arnold were all at the conference, and we were tossing ideas around, searching for… Read More

A Pirate’s Guide to Modern Romance

on November 12, 2015

by Jean Lafitte (with translation by DJ Jaco) Bonjour, mes amies. I was most pleased when asked to offer my considerable knowledge of the art of l’amour to modern women who might wish to please a man of the world such as myself. (DJ: He means pirates. Specifically, undead French pirates from the early 1800s…. Read More

Begin Again

on November 2, 2015

by Lisa Renee Jones With every new series an author starts from scratch. A new world to mold, new characters to create and acquaint yourself with, and in my case an intricately twisted plot to plan out. Yet, with the daunting task of a new series comes the thrill of weaving in the new elements… Read More


on October 22, 2015

One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is “Have any of your books ever been turned into movies?” At last, after twenty-three years and eighty novels, I get to answer that with a resounding yes! My romance HELLO IT’S ME premiered a few weeks ago as a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries television… Read More

Here’s to the Road Trip Romance

on October 13, 2015

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved few things more than a good road trip—short antiquing road trips, long climbing mountain road trips, epic winding coastal road trips . . . I loved them all. Then in my dating days, I realized that one of the best ways to find out if a… Read More

Message in a bottle …

on September 15, 2015

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the mechanical puzzle known as an “impossible bottle.”  Think any glass bottle containing an object that does not appear to fit through the bottle’s mouth:  a ship in a bottle is a classic example, but impossible bottles can also hold tennis balls, pennies, or pine… Read More

Obsessions and Writing

on September 10, 2015

Writing is an obsession of mine.  I have been writing all my life, although my focus has changed over time.  For a while, I wrote a lot of advertising and public relations copy. Then, as a transactional lawyer, I wrote a lot of contracts. And through it all I’ve written fiction. These days, another of… Read More

My Year of Yes  

on September 3, 2015

by Susan Wiggs Four years ago, I emerged from a difficult time in my life. During that time, I discovered how toxic negativity can be to a person. It affects you in ways you don’t realize, until you step back and discover the constant bad energy is taking a toll on your health, your psyche,… Read More