A life lived without passion is no life at all. In a strange twist, however, I'm passionate about other people's passions. So I write historical fiction! High tides in epic events led to hopeless choices, desperate plans, and untenable love. Common people in incredible circumstances drive me to read, write, and dream about their lives! Come, join me!


October 15, 2019

You closed your laptop and turned your back on writing. 

Over the weeks, months, years, you worked through churning emotions. 

Powerful things, those emotions. I won’t call them bad. Nor are they good. They just are. They’re with you, sometimes the...

September 10, 2019

You’ve been writing your first work like a crazy woman or a madman, and suddenly, you wonder what happens next.

Doubt in your writing is like cruising your bike along a trail and someone shoving an iron rod through the spokes. Or thinking the earth...

August 13, 2019

We want more from ourselves.

I mash the remote to watch someone make chocolate cake with chocolate chunks, chocolate frosting, and chocolate candles.

I’m on the couch and reach for the Peanut M&Ms on the coffee table. I drop the remote. Argh. I lean...

July 30, 2019

We like to think writing is a solitary, confined activity. However, with a toddler on one arm, someone talking in another ear, and a Cheshire cat on the keyboard tapping 45,835 pages of the letter ‘M,’ writing is hectic.

And then the teamwork begins...

September 11, 2018

The ground around us rumbled as his anger shook the building. “It’s all against us.” He bemoaned so loudly, people at the writer’s conference dove under tables and ducked under sturdy door frames.

“I don’t understand.” I gripped a nearby support bea...

August 13, 2018

I labored to create a writing career.

As I climbed the ladder of writing success, the view above was surprisingly uninspiring—someone’s backside.

I let go of the rungs and found another ladder. After climbing a few steps, I found another posterior—...

July 9, 2018

I’m typing this blog with one hand. Because of an incident.

The incident involved a 41-year-old active male, a city-league softball game, a pop fly to left field, a mitt on a left hand, a fence to mark the boundaries of a homerun, a leftfielder with...

January 9, 2018

“Hey, Fear,” I say as I sit down to work on a new project. “You’ve been working out at the gym again, I see.”

“You know, I don’t care to be here. I show up only because you want me. I'd rather be watching videos.”

I take my hands off my keyboard. “Real...

December 12, 2017

Ellen Langer did the impossible. She sent eight 80-year-old men back in time.

The year was 1979

Eight old men on a bus, sequestered away from the world. On a retreat. Created by Ellen Langer.

Each man had been studied carefully. Hearing, joint pai...

October 10, 2017

Create a following, and they'll sell your books for you. 

But how to cultivate a flock of adoring fans?

How geniuses have created followings in the past—

—Escape the inescapable. (Houdini)
—Itch curiosity. (documentaries)
—Engage and connect. (tal...

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