Words Count

Writers love to count their words, and that’s a good thing. Let’s just get that onto the table right away. I count my words. So does my friend Harry, and my friend Kelly, and my friend Rachel. If you spend a lot of time writing, sometimes it’s the only way to measure...

Plotting Data

Anyone who knows me well knows that I like data. No, scratch that; I love data. The more I know about something quantitatively, the better focused I feel. I bring this passion to my fiction writing, which many people find surprising. Because of the odd juxtaposition...

Launch Day Results

I released a new novel yesterday, and I thought I would share how the process went and what my numbers looked like. The voyeuristic nature in many people might find this bit of the self-publishing adventure especially enlightening. First, let’s start with what I...

Cover Reveal for Indian Summer

The release date for my upcoming novel, Indian Summer, is fast approaching. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would give everyone a preview of the cover and the book description. Consider this a chance to whet your whistle. The guilt of our childhood can haunt us...

Good-bye

My maternal grandmother, Jean, passed away about an hour ago. She was a strong woman. After raising five daughters and helping my grandfather build his own successful business, she became a widow at the young age of fifty. When my grandfather passed away, she sold his...

The New Book Is Done…Almost!

I wrapped up the final portion of the first draft of my new novel this past Friday afternoon. What a relief! Of course, the work isn’t done yet. I made a huge mistake with my first two novels by only putting them in front of just two proofreading “beta...