One of the joys of writing books is the human connection you create with readers. I felt this the most from writing Song of Salzburg and as I look back at the text and rethink the story, I am convinced it is in part because this book really touches on the journey of an artist. […]
Grosvenor Square, London, 1814 Lady Elsie Morrow, daughter of the Duke of Shelby and twin sister of Duncan, Baron of Argyll in Scotland, wished she stood on a craggy rock, the wind whipping all of the pins out of her hair. She could almost see the hills rolling in every direction, a low stone wall […]
I was just thinking about some fun stuff that we do and use and there is so much more where this list came from. I wonder, if while raising six kids I might have a few things I could pass along, you know, to the folks just starting out. this list isn’t it, but it […]
While researching for A Lady’s Maid, I found myself on numerous occasions, standing up and pacing. “How?” “Why?” Even the teenage, “I can’t even…” all rushed through my mind. Then I would rush back to the screen, trying to puzzle through how a human could come to another and say, “We want our voice to […]
Yes. Women were there, asking for the right to vote while Darcy found Elizabeth not tolerable enough. Women were there when Heathcliff was making us all depressed. Women were marching for suffrage during the Dashwoods’ many plights. Women were there during Roman times. Women ruled during the time of the Egyptians. And yet, they weren’t […]
The nitty gritty about the first scene in Scarlet: I have wanted to talk about retellings for some time. What makes a good retelling? Do we want to stay in that world longer, and so as a reader we look for new characters in the same world? Or do we love the characters so much […]
In a romance, the proposal or marriage comittment is what is happening on the OUTSIDE. A kiss, a proposal, a marriage are all important symbols. But what’s more important, of course, is the INNER emotional journey.
This morning, I feel like being real. I mean, I’m always REAL. But I mean, the dirty bathroom kind of real, the shut your bedroom door so no one sees the mess kind of real. Some of the real grittiness of life people don’t want to see, if we are being honest. They have their […]