photography

This is the Reason I Hate my Camera

Well, I don't really hate my camera.  I actually love it.  I just hate the selfies it takes. They’re awful – make me look tired and old. From what I read, I’m not alone in selfie-hate. From what I read, there are scientific explanations for the notorious badness of selfies. From what I read, the most adamant selfie-takers use apps that automatically make them look better. I tried one of those [...]

By | 2018-01-17T15:56:21+00:00 2017|Blog, photography, writing|4 Comments

Why I just joined Instagram

I swore I wouldn't.  Social media is only good if you do it well, but how many social media sites can one writer do well and still write her book?  I've done Facebook for a long while and have a healthy following.  For posting news, sharing events, offering contests, and simply getting the opinions of readers who matter, Facebook is my go-to site. So why join Instagram?  Instagram is just [...]

By | 2016-04-21T16:00:35+00:00 2016|Blog|2 Comments

BD and the Big Apple

I used to go to New York a lot. The first time was when I was eleven, when my dad introduced my sisters and me to the place. We stayed at the Commodore Hotel over Grand Central Station, and he took us to the Empire State Building, the Broadway production of "Peter Pan," Rockefeller Center, and the Flatiron Building. Little did I know at the time that the Flatiron Building [...]

By | 2015-05-20T05:00:49+00:00 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Page Change

Whoa.  I just looked at my last blog, and realized how long I’ve been gone!  Well, not really gone.  I’ve been here at my desk the whole time, plugging away at my new book.  But now we’re into October, and sweet corn is passé in New England.  What’s in?  Apples and cranberries (the picture below is actually of cranberries).  Ginger and yams.  Cool nights.  Fall foliage. I’ve lived in New [...]

By | 2013-10-13T12:00:19+00:00 2013|Blog|6 Comments

I hear you!

The notes you send have a huge impact on me.  The most  obvious instance occurred in June, soon after Sweet Salt Air came out.  One reader said she thought the book started too slowly.  I promptly turned to my work-in-progress, reread the opening with a critical eye, then switched Chapters 1 and 2 so that the reader learns the opening plot twist sooner.  It wouldn't have worked for Sweet Salt [...]

By | 2013-08-08T12:00:52+00:00 2013|Blog|22 Comments

Snapshots of SWEET SALT AIR

Last week's blog talked about which character in this book is my favorite, but I have other favorites here.  Since Sweet Salt Air is a highly sensual book, I’m thinking see, smell, feel, hear, and taste.  I’m calling them snapshots, because they’re just quick little moments from the book.  I guess that makes this blog an album. Favorite sight?     A ghost ship on the ocean in the early morning mist, [...]

By | 2013-06-10T06:00:30+00:00 2013|Blog|6 Comments

Where SWEET SALT AIR came from

Most of my books are inspired by things I read about in the newspaper. The inspiration for Sweet Salt Air was much more personal.  I have three sons, all of whom have recently had children, and when each of those babies was born, its umbilical cord blood was harvested, frozen, and stored. The premise is that cutting edge medicine is starting to use the stem cells harvested from such blood, [...]

By | 2013-05-19T19:00:46+00:00 2013|Blog|8 Comments

How much of me is in SWEET SALT AIR

June 18.  What seemed like a long way off a year ago is coming fast.  You all have been so patient.  I thank you for that. I just reread Sweet Salt Air.  I mean, wow, I've been distracted from it.  I've probably read twenty books since I finished writing it, and now I’m working on my next book, so my psychic energy has been focused on that.  No, no title for the new [...]

By | 2013-05-12T12:00:19+00:00 2013|Blog|7 Comments

Help me choose my new author photo

I recently had new photos taken.  This is always stressful for me, which is one of the reasons I was a photographer once upon a time.  I far prefer being behind the camera than before it.  But books need photos, and I have a compulsion to keep them current. That said, it isn’t a simple undertaking.  I can’t speak for other authors, but this is what a shoot entails for [...]

By | 2012-09-12T05:00:10+00:00 2012|Blog|192 Comments

What comes after THE END?

I’ve been absent.  At the end of writing a book, when my creative energy is focused on climactic scenes and tying up loose ends, it’s hard to think about writing anything else.  So my blog takes a hit.  I apologize. But Sweet Salt Air is now done – at least, the heavy-duty, mind-drain part of it is.  All 408 pages have gone off to my editor in New York, who [...]

By | 2012-06-21T11:30:54+00:00 2012|Blog|11 Comments