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One Life Changing Invitation

One Life Changing Invitation

With one invitation, my life was changed in the most miraculous of ways. I can barely remember my life before Samantha Stroh Bailey, Josie Brown, Eileen Goudge, Francine LaSala, Jen Tucker, and Julie Valerie became a part of it. We were brought together as a group in May, 2013 during the annual Book Expo America […]

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Real Writers Write in Coffee Shops

Real Writers Write in Coffee Shops

Natalie Goldberg states in her book, Writing Down the Bones, that it is essential for a writer to have a relationship with a coffee shop. The picture of the writer sitting in a coffee shop penning the next bestseller is ubiquitous. In fact, sitting here in a coffee shop, I can see at least two […]

April 5, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
To the Stars Through Difficulties

To the Stars Through Difficulties

I’ve loved fiction about women for as long as I can remember. I come by that love naturally. My mother had subscriptions to McCall’s and Redbook; my grandmother divided The Woman’s Home Companion into thirty segments to ensure there would be something to read every night during her otherwise somewhat dismal life as an early […]

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On Swearing In Writing

On Swearing In Writing

I have a potty-mouth. It’s not a bad thing. For a long time, though, I was ashamed of what came out of my bazoo. Why couldn’t I be demure—ladylike, like the fairy-tale damsel? It’s not as if I didn’t try to make nice. We bobby-socked baby-boomers were groomed to. Still, I just couldn’t ‘do’ pink […]

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Why We Write about Home

Why We Write about Home

Long before I knew southern fiction was an actual genre, I loved stories set in the south. From a young age, something about the cadence of life, the storytelling, the language—maybe even the proximity to water—pulled me in and made me sad to leave. One tradition that stuck out to me in this genre (it’s […]

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The Curse of the Writer’s Muse

The Curse of the Writer’s Muse

A little secret about my writing. I have a muse. I won’t tell you who he is though you can imagine. He is the opposite of me, my alter ego you could say. Extraordinary to my ordinary, or so my writer’s mind imagines. For what is a muse but someone to alight fantasies within you. […]

March 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Writer’s Tale

A Writer’s Tale

29 years. 36 books. Hardcover, trade, mass market and audio. eBook. Manga. Large print. Published around the globe.  Bestseller lists, international bestseller lists. And a soap opera—in Japan. When I look at all those accomplishments, the one that jumps out as truly my accomplishment is how long I’ve been writing and selling books. Happily, I […]

March 30, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
How My Degree in Sociology Influences Me as an Author

How My Degree in Sociology Influences Me as an Author

I am often asked what inspires the books I write. Like many authors, my standard response is that inspiration can come from anywhere: a news story, a poem, a song, or a conversation I overhear on the street. But when I step back and consider this question from a broader perspective, I realize that what […]

March 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Huntingfield Paintress

The Huntingfield Paintress

Imagine it. You are a vicar’s wife living in a tiny Suffolk village in the 1850s. You are expected to serve tea to neighbours, to be modestly attired in a boned corset and full skirt and from time to time, to take a basket of provisions to a local family in distress. That’s about it. […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
After The Kids Are Gone, What’s Next?

After The Kids Are Gone, What’s Next?

When trying to decide what to write about next, I think about an issue or topic I’d like to explore and then figure out who is going to tell the story. My first book, The Good Life, examines the popular American belief that living a good life is dependent on material abundance, with a CEO’s […]

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