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When I started writing about the Golden Age of Piracy for my new Captain’s of
the Scarlet Night series, I knew my female characters needed to be as
tough as they came. These couldn’t be the regency wallflowers or the fainting
‘rescue me’ heroines. These needed to be captains of their own fate (pardon the
pun). Woman who faced Read More...
Writers get asked all the time where we get our ideas. But in my particular
case I get
asked, how did I come up with the idea for the Vintage
Mysteries, in particular?
I started cooking early. When I was very young my mother was a full time
well remember the set of Pyrex Primary Colors bowls on Read More...
The essence of a cozy mystery, as I see it, is real life, with some components
stretched and exaggerated for effect.
Cozy writers take the things we love – families, friends, hobbies, crafts, even
places – and write them with a loving hand to be slightly larger than life. And
then, we thrust murder and sometimes mayhem into the mix.
When it comes to real life, is there anything we love more than Christmas?
The food, the Read More...
Long before I was a writer, I was a reader (I’m sure this comes as a shock to
all). But I was a reader on a serious budget. Though I have always been a
hound, I also love, LOVE paperbacks. Using my meager funds, I’d stand in the
aisle in the grocery store or drugstore (remember them?) and decide what I was
to buy that week. Though I read Read More...
Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—
though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has
great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his
building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to
contact their only son, his life Read More...
I love doing my blog. I have invited some of my fellow historic SMP writers
for interviews. The response to my invite was encouraging. I also invite my
Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s (CTRWA) of America writers. Without my
CTRWA group, I wouldn’t even be here. They are amazing. Two of our writers
nominated for the Rita Award this year. We have quite a chapter in Connecticut.
Hi, Writers Read More...
Confession time: Although my RedZone series (REVIVE and
is science fiction, I don’t really consider myself a science fiction writer. My
true writing loves are fantasy, paranormal, and oodles of romantic angst. When
it comes Read More...
After each of my books are edited, polished, and ready for publishing, I pull
quotes and small teasers from them so my street team can share them via social
media. These are always fun because some of the quotes are taken out of context
and some are sexy. Below are my top 5 favorites from DRAGON'S
1. “I’m Read More...
Adding a twist to a story’s setting gives it a psychological zip. Holidays are
As your characters enter the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, place them
scenes where they are caught off guard—where they believe their mental,
and physical world is safe until they are hit with conflict from unexpected
What about a holiday is unpleasant for your character? What does the character
appreciate about the holiday that Read More...
I want to pose a question to you! I am often asked why like to write in a
And I’ll tell you, but then I’m going to turn the tables and ask your opinion.
I’ll first admit I am the ultimate pantser, a wing-it, a go with the flow
I’ll get a tiny kernel of an idea (usually from a country song lyric!) and I
run Read More...
Do scary movies or books send your heart pounding? Do the sounds of your house
settling wake you at night and keep you awake clutching your bedcovers? Do you
scream when you watch a video on Facebook where a girl rides a bicycle around
and a scary face jumps into the screen?
Generally scary movies don’t scare me. I do however thoroughly enjoy a twisted
ending, like that in Read More...
My recent release, CHANCE OF A LIFETIME, is a romantic comedy centering around
bucket list written by the heroine when she was fifteen. I can’t even imagine
what kind of things would have been on my teenage bucket list, but I imagine it
would be absolutely horrifying.
The heroine, Gen, wants to do the following (remember the list was written a Read More...
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