Will the Real Reader Please Stand Up

on February 10, 2015

By Shirley Hailstock Authors receive mail from readers all the time, and we love hearing from them. They are our validation and one of the reasons we as writers continue to tell our stories. This article isn’t about mistakes in grammar, punctuation or even research and plot. Readers let us know that they liked or didn’t… Read More

Shirley Hailstock

Shirley Hailstock

Shirley Hailstock began her writing life as a lover of reading. She likes nothing better than to find a quiet corner where she can get lost in a book, explore new worlds and visit places she never expected to see. As an author, she can not only visit those places, but she can be the heroine of her own stories. The author of thirty novels and novellas, including her electronic editions, Shirley has received numerous awards, including the Waldenbooks Bestselling Romance Award and Romantic Times Magazine’s Career Achievement Award. Shirley’s books have appeared on Blackboard, Essence Magazine and Library Journal Best Seller Lists. She is a past president of Romance Writers of America.

A Writer’s Use of Television

on January 22, 2015

by Shirley Hailstock I don’t watch much television.  At least I didn’t think I watched a lot of it.  But I’ve discovered I watch a lot of television.  I can write through the noise.  Growing up with a lot of sisters and one brother, the television, record player (we had records then), and radio could… Read More


on November 21, 2014

When you buy a DVD, don’t you love getting that bonus material?  I do.  At first I never thought of watching it.  But then I stumbled across alternate endings and it triggered a memory I’d forgotten. I’ve only seen one alternate ending on a DVD.  That was Training Day and I agree the one that… Read More

Turn Here…Not!

on July 16, 2014

by Shirley Hailstock Even with the technology of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) devices, many of us still make a wrong turn now and then.  Or we miss the turn altogether.  Often, nothing more than making a U-turn gets us back on track.  But for Nancy Emerson, the wrong turn changed her life.  Guilt plagued her…. Read More

Shhh! It’s a Secret

on June 18, 2014

Father’s Day was just a few days ago.  Who keeps secrets better – men or women?  What kind of secret-person are you?  Can you keep a secret?  When you get one, are you dying to share it?  Just have to tell someone?  Impart news that someone else doesn’t know? Suppose you can’t?  Telling could put… Read More

His Love Match

on February 19, 2014

Have you ever thought about using one of those dating services?  The commercials for Match.com and eHarmony.com appear every few minutes on some television stations.  When they first began to appear, I poo-pooed them.   But the idea of meeting someone through an online matching service took root in my mind and I came up with… Read More

Memorable Characters

on August 15, 2013

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