I’m on a mission to find a set of common denominators that make characters generally beloved.Read more
What Happens When Robots Dream For Us
What are we going to do when machines become better at all things creative than we are? When they dream for us?Read more
Meet Lane Stone, Our Newest Miss Demeanor!
I met the ebullient and charming Lane Stone when we both joined an Art Crimes panel for Left Coast Crime 2022. We hit it off right away and discovered we have more in common than writing for the same publisher. Which is why I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce Lane as our newest Miss Demeanor. Cue the trumpets!Read more
What is a beta reader and do I need them?
Writers and readers hear terms bandied about and don’t often understand them. Beta readers was a new one to me[…]Read more
Spinning and Tilting While Rewriting
Not spinning as in exercising on a bicycle or as in making yarn or as in weaving a tale. And[…]Read more
When is your novel done?
When is my novel done? This may be the question I’m asked most frequently by my students. It’s a subject[…]Read more
Mystery of the Missing Ending
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Right? Not always. Have you ever had the bad luck[…]Read more
It Was the Best of Times…
We’re heading into the homestretch of 2022. Looking back—even disregarding the politics and the pandemic—it seems like so much has[…]Read more
Four Tips for Writing a Series
Recently, an author friend preparing to teach a class on writing a series asked me what advice I’d give to an[…]Read more
Implied Consent – My Inspiration
The inspiration for Implied Consent was ripped from the headlines.Read more