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I’m incubating …

Incubating.  What does that mean, someone recently asked.  This person had first asked if I was taking a break, now that my new book is finished and in production.  Lord, no, I said.  Writing is what I do.  It’s what I think about when I’m up the creek without a paddle – e.g., in the dentist’s waiting room, in the supermarket checkout line, or lying awake at two in the [...]

By |2018-01-28T07:50:02+00:002017|Blog|15 Comments

Why I included what I did in BLUEPRINTS

With Blueprints going on sale in paperback this week, I just reread it to refresh my memory.  Does it surprise you that I would need to do that?  But consider this.  I've written and published more than 80 books.  No human mind can keep straight all the details of 80 books.  Moreover, it's been two years since I finished writing Blueprints, and since then, I've been immersed in writing The [...]

By |2016-05-29T05:00:53+00:002016|Blog|6 Comments

Audiobook recommendations

I'm new to listening.  It's only recently that I've begun to intersperse eye-reading with ear-reading.  And it's taken discipline, keeping my mind on every spoken word, rather then letting it wander, as sometimes happens with a book.  But for those times when you can't be glued to the physical page – like when you're driving or working out – listening to audiobooks is really pretty cool. I guess I can [...]

By |2015-10-07T17:00:14+00:002015|Blog|3 Comments

To what are we most committed?

Commitments is my 42nd child – but every single child of mine is special to me. Their birthdays are cause for celebration, which is what I'm doing today. I'm celebrating the birth of Commitments as an eBook. It's about time! Commitments was first published in 1988 and has been issued in every other format but digital. Why? For one thing, because eBooks didn't exist in 1988, when "electronic rights" weren't [...]

By |2015-09-08T05:00:11+00:002015|Blog|4 Comments

Does the ending suit you?

I've done a lot of reading this summer. I've also spent a lot of time studying reader reviews on Amazon, as well as taking part in discussion groups on Goodreads. Two of the books I've read, in particular – Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and Lisa Genova’s Inside the O'Briens – had endings with which readers took issue. And I don't just mean readers saying they didn't like the ending. I [...]

By |2015-07-28T18:00:05+00:002015|Blog|8 Comments

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do. I admit it. I'm a hopeless romantic who, yes, does believe in love at first sight. I’m not saying it's the only way love happens. But – skeptics be damned – I've known too many couples who were partners from the start. They felt an instant connection, and it wasn't only physical, but emotional and intellectual as well. If the attraction is only physical, that would be lust [...]

By |2015-06-25T11:00:55+00:002015|Blog|6 Comments

I won't grow up!

Peter Pan had it right. If growing up means no more fun and adventure, I don't want to grow up either. I like fun and adventure – like doing new things – like challenging myself. I like doing something I never imagined myself doing. Oh yeah, sometime it's daunting. I have a comfort zone, just like you all. But life is about growing. Have you done anything new in the [...]

By |2015-06-12T05:00:21+00:002015|Blog|8 Comments

How we got a cover for BLUEPRINTS

  If you’re reading this blog, you're currently looking at the cover of my new book, BLUEPRINTS, which debuts this coming June. What do you think? Does the cover draw you in? This isn't an idle question. It's one that my publisher and I have been asking ourselves since this cover became “the one.” We think it works. But then, we've already read the book. You all won't have read [...]

By |2014-12-05T06:00:58+00:002014|Blog|27 Comments

I have a title!

Book titles arrive different ways. Some crop up at the get-go, even before I start writing a book. Others come when my publisher reads the opening of the book and a word or phrase pops up that is perfect. Others take longer to find. My preference? I like having a title early on. It helps me focus. When it came to this new book, which I finished writing this summer, [...]

By |2014-09-04T05:00:07+00:002014|Blog|39 Comments

When I write about home construction

Does life imitate art?  Not for me.  For me, it’s the other way around.  When life happens, I write about it.  For instance, after my husband and I built our house, I wrote about home construction in the Crosslyn Rise Trilogy.  When we began spending time in small New Hampshire towns, I wrote Lake News.  When my aunt developed Alzheimer’s disease, I wrote Shades of Grace.  When I felt overwhelmed [...]

By |2014-02-20T05:00:46+00:002014|Blog|14 Comments