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I Take Heart: May Newsletter

Hi, all. My May 2022 newsletter has launched, just a wee bit late (because: life). This one’s about the books and podcasts keeping me sane during an inordinately tough spring. I may refer to Hamlet. It’s also about the zombie-walk … Continue reading

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On Retreat: Why making time for ourselves as artists looks different for each of us

Over the course of my 20 years as a working writer, the idea of being “on retreat” has morphed into many different iterations. I’ve attended writers’ retreats chock full of activities like workshops, craft talks, writing prompts, and more–most wherein … Continue reading

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. First, there was summer. It was, by far, the fastest summer of my life. As usual, my children (ages 12 and 8) were home, so there was no writing to be done. But we … Continue reading

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Spring Reading: Kate Quinn’s “The Rose Code”

I read Kate Quinn‘s World War II era historical novel, The Rose Code, in a fevered (possibly actually fevered, as I’d just received my second Covid vaccination) rush, over the course of two nights while my kids were on Spring … Continue reading

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I swear this is not a book blog: and, What I’m Reading Now: Rene Denfeld’s “The Child Finder”

Pandemic win: more books. Another recommendation from a friend … although I probably shouldn’t have read this one at night. Which speaks to the power of Rene Denfeld’s harrowing and atmospheric novel. The Child Finder is fast-paced, tightly-plotted, and touching … Continue reading

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History, travel, books, author life & more: Interview with Paper Lantern Writers

Hi, folks! I’m thrilled to be featured today on the blog at Paper Lantern Writers! Paper Lantern Writers are “a collective of Historical Fiction Writers, both published and unpublished,” whose “goal is to tell a cracking good story, using the context … Continue reading

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Writing update + new Facebook look

A happy Monday morning to all! Just a quick, writerly update from your neighborhood historical novelist. (Sorry … not enough coffee. What can I say? It’s Monday.) FIRST, The manuscript (first draft) of my new historical novel is currently with … Continue reading

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How to Build a Creative Life … or, Navigating Creative Disappointment … or, The Rallying Cry of the Working Writer

I couldn’t decide on a title for this post (obviously). I am not normally indecisive—it’s just that each of the above titles fits. They are all part of the story of the working writer. Here’s my story, at least for … Continue reading

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Keowee Valley on sale now through 11.15.19 for only $0.99!

Frost has settled on the hills and mountains of the high country. Fires are burning bright. It’s the first of November, and Autumn is finally here. It’s the perfect time to cozy up with a good book! To hear what … Continue reading

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