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A Chance to Win 30 Crime Novels

Recently I was honored to be asked by crime fiction writer Sue Coletta to take part in a holiday raffle with 29 other terrific crime and mystery authors . And yes, the prize is 30 novels! There is nothing to buy,  just enter with your email address, plus there are multiple chances to enter via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Here’s the link to the post at Sue’s blog, which has every one of the books offered, their descriptions, and links to Amazon: Win 30 Crime Novels Happy holidays and Best of luck!


Minimalism and the Writing Life

If you’ve arrived here via my former blog, The Minimalist Woman, you’ll be familiar with the pared-down simplicity that forms the heart of a minimalist lifestyle. If you’ve arrived here via my novels, you might be mystified. Either way, this is a good time for me to share why it is still relevant for me to practice minimalism in my everyday writing life. Minimalism, as a philosophy, is basically having enough and not more. The precise amount varies from person to person. Some are capable of being quite ascetic–everything they own, from clothes to computers, can fit into a backpack and they’re happy and productive. […]


An Undisclosed Vocation is Now Available on Amazon

The long-awaited day is finally here! An Undisclosed Vocation is up and running on Amazon, and is available in both Kindle and print editions. Amazon hasn’t linked both editions on the same landing page as of this writing, so, if you like, you can click here for the Kindle version and here for the print version. Right now the Kindle editions of all three books of the series are priced at 99 cents, handy for the holidays and sharing with others you think might enjoy them. One of the things I’m most satisfied about with this new book is that it’s […]


Everything’s Coming Together and Looking Good

Woke up this morning to discover that my first Charlotte Anthony mystery, An Uncollected Death, made the Amateur Sleuth best seller list on Amazon. That was several hours ago, and I’ve still got a stupid grin on my face. It means that everything’s coming together and looking good–it might not be the the stuff of those Best Seller lists in the New York Times or even of a site-wide general list on Amazon, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction: upwards. I love the writing process. I get up every day, usually between five and six in the morning, actually wanting […]


The Neighbors are Coming

So I was sitting here, busily getting in some wordage for NaNoWritMo, when the floor shook, my chair bounced, and my coffee threatened to slosh over the top of the cup–then again, and again. It could only mean one thing: the beginning of the end of having no neighbors. I went outside to double-check, and there was indeed a large backhoe whamming away at the curbs and asphalt of the parking lot that’s two lots away. When that is cleared out, they’ll probably start digging for the foundations of the four townhomes that are supposed to go up. My little bungalow […]


The Author and the Woman as One

The integration of my everyday self and my author self is one of the coolest things to happen this year. It developed organically, naturally. This does not mean that my fiction is autobiographical, or that I’m confusing fiction with reality, but that I’m writing from my own authentic point of view, whether it’s fiction or creative nonfiction. It wasn’t easy (at least for me) to do this right off the bat, especially for the fiction. If you’ve ever tried to write a novel, you might have experienced that weird combination of fear, discovery, potential, and confusion as you try […]


Halloween Then Meets Halloween Now

October is my absolutely most favorite month of the year and Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I’m going to wear something silly and hand out candy for trick-or-treat tonight, for the first time in many years. I don’t care if there’s only a handful of kids that will show up, since we live on a block with no other houses. I don’t care if it is cold, rainy, and windy–the forecast shows a 90% chance of that being the case. I’m just doing it because it’s what I want to do. So I got started yesterday (which of […]


Thoughts on Author Branding

Over the past few months I’ve had one of those gradual realizations at the core of my being that creates a sea change in how I look at things and how I see my place in the larger scheme of things. This isn’t one of those sudden epiphanies, nor is it one of those things that you understand logically but still can’t embrace on some deeper level. No, this goes way beyond that and to the level of acceptance of how things really are and how best to function in terms of how things really are. Kristen Lamb’s recent […]


Remembering to Communicate

All writers have to learn to deal with distractions and those uneasy times when what to do next is elusive. And then there are the difficulties are triggered by emotional or health issues, where even the most focused and driven among us are derailed by subconscious distress. I know a lot of my own problems stem from lack of good sleep. Joint pain and other physical problems make it difficult for me to remain comfortable for enough hours most nights, so I get up because I can’t sleep, and not because I’ve had enough sleep. I’m in the habit of getting dressed and starting work […]


An Uncollected Death Two-Day Sale

I’m on the home stretch toward finishing An Undisclosed Vocation. This means I’m still on schedule to finish writing it around my sixtieth birthday, which is amazing. Acts I and II have already undergone copy editing and revision, which makes writing Act III a lot more fun for me. To mark both home stretch and upcoming birthday, the first book, An Uncollected Death, is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents today and tomorrow, June 26th-27th. Onwards and upwards!