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 …

It’s true, my characters are me … and you

It’s been a while since Flash Back was released. Six months later Second Nature (originally published as Regeneration X was published, four months or so after that Being Human was released. When I wrote the first book, unlike many authors of a series, I didn’t have a series planned. I thought Flash Back would be a standalone novel. While none of my stories end in a cliff-hanger, it wasn’t until two chapters before the end … 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 …

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 …