• Holiday Presents?

    I recently took my grandson to see longhorns. We didn’t have to travel far–they are only about ten blocks from our home. I have such fun talking and playing with Noah. At two, he’s already a great conversationalist. As the holidays draw near, I realize that the greatest gifts I can give and receive from …[ read more ]

  • Taking Things for Granted

    Unless we know where we’ve been as a country, we don’t know where we are, or where we are going.

  • Creating Characters’ Personalities

    Today  I met Gretchen Rubin, a New York Times bestselling author, as she celebrated her newest book release, The Four Tendencies. I hadn’t heard about Rubin before attending the event, but since I’m continuing to research personality characteristics to help my fictional characters come to life, Rubin’s book title intrigued me. In her talk, Rubin shared …[ read more ]

  • Rizzoli and Isles meets Sontag

    This week I met an author whose series of novels inspired a successful TV drama that spanned 7 seasons with a total of 105 episodes. The author was Tess Gerristen, and her series of medical crime thrillers inspired the TV show, Rizzoli and Isles. Gerristen shared thoughts on what has inspired her writing and how …[ read more ]

  • The W Plot

    “Your islands must become continents. They can’t stay as islands and create a book.”