I could only live in the past if I didn’t know what I know now

In my past life head space I am usually somewhere between “Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely,” and “Well, THAT would be unfortunate.” Regardless, though, that that place is not reality based. I’m fascinated, if not more than a little obsessed with the lifestyles of the rich and famous—two hundred or more years ago. But yes, indeed, it was also a trying time for the middle and lower classes back then, the majority (same as today … Read on …

When things get science fictiony

I was intrigued that the readership for my first novel was a bit heavier on the male reader side even though my protagonist is a woman. I mentioned this to my husband and he admitted, men do more often read fiction books written by other men, although possibly subconsciously. So yes, generally, to have more male readers than female is surprising. Then he said something, which struck me like a ton of bricks (and not … Read on …

I’m an introvert. There I said it

I’ve been listening to podcasts and recently I ran across a conversation Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, had with Beth Beulow. I’ve gained a lot of insight from various shows but this particular one was so personally enlightening. It was almost a moment of epiphany, an hour. I’m an introvert. There I said it. I cannot believe I never knew this about myself. I too feel drained by social interactions and energized by solitary … Read on …

Cheating paperback lover

Being Human in e-book has been out for a little over a week and now I’m preparing to publish the paperback edition, working even harder to make sure the print version will be a great reading experience. I, myself, love print books. Holding a printed book in my hands somehow makes the story more real, maybe because the book itself feels more permanent and personal. It’s not on a cloud; it’s solid matter and my … Read on …

20 Questions for readers

Twenty questions about life and The Fountain series. Answer as many as you wish in the comments at the bottom of this page. If you had a sure fire way for a do-over, would you take a chance? What would you sacrifice to follow a dream? If there was a fountain of youth, would you sip from the pool? If you could make a new career choice/change, what would it be? List one to-do on … Read on …

Humbling praise

Yesterday I received this message from a reader and author, Owen O’Neill: You write with the incisiveness of a clinician deeply informed by the sensibilities of a poet. This is rare. Flash Back is one of the most poignant reflections on the human condition I have read, and personally, I would place it among the top ranks of the literature with which I am acquainted. Needless to say I was humbled by such praise. Your … Read on …

And really, here’s to the real next generation

Today I received an invite to my niece’s high school graduation shindig. Being the single-minded new author as I am nowadays, I thought, “Amidst the excitement of the end of senior year and this bittersweet last summer before going off to college, I hope she finds the time to read Flash Back.” Generation Next Although fiction, Flash Back offers a lot to consider for the soon to be independent next generation—going off to college—and even … Read on …

Reason(s) for reading?

I’m curious to know what people are reading nowadays. And why? That might seem like a strange question and it’s vague enough to be misunderstood. What I mean is why do you read: to escape, to relax or the reverse, to inspire, to learn? We’ve heard it a thousand times, “Times have changed” and “Who has time?” This makes it even harder to find exactly the right book to appease the soul for those in-between … Read on …

Physical descriptions?

Recently I finished reading Divergent and then Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I was struck by the difference in her description of one or more of the characters from my imagination. For example, Roth describes Four as “handsome” several times as well as having “ears which stick out” and a “hooked nose.” Personally these descriptions seem incongruous with “handsome.” So at first it kind of stunted my mental vision. Then as the story progressed, I found … Read on …

Reader’s choice

I cut a few, I’ll call them lectures, from the earlier and longer version of Flash Back, before reaching the happy medium of the final product. It seemed like I was asking my characters to express a personal opinion and that didn’t seem right. It’s fictional after all. But isn’t expressing something like an opinion inevitable? Writing is like painting, the finesse of the virtual pen akin to the fine or broad strokes of a … Read on …