writing

It is July 4

on July 4, 2018

and I haven’t blogged in a bit because I am quietly and productively content. Contentment isn’t exciting; it isn’t eventful and it doesn’t demand that you sit up and pay attention. It just curls up calmly next to you and IS. The last few months–okay, the last MANY months–have been consumed with writing and travel…

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Stuff I’ve Figured Out Along The Way

on April 18, 2018

Every so often I repeat this post–one of my favorite pieces on writerly advice. First posted in April, 2013. This is one of those blog posts that usually gets an appalling title like “Advice to Young Writers”. We’ll call it something more modest—like “Stuff I’ve Figured Out Along the Way”. These are bits and pieces…

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Method and process, part 2

on February 28, 2018

So last week I nattered on about process and today we’re wrapping up. I talked about my giant mind maps for outlining and how I use those maps to explore shadowy areas of the plot that I need to clarify. They are never pretty and there’s no proper organization with certain colors marking out specific…

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Method and process, part 1

on February 22, 2018

Lately I have had several people ask about my outlining process, so I thought I’d jot a quick post about it. First, the caveat: Anything I say about process is what works for me. NEVER assume it will work–or should work–for you. Process is highly idiosyncratic; ask a hundred writers how they write, get a…

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The chicken and the egg…

on January 26, 2017

I’m away on the last week of the book tour for A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and I hope your traveling along via social media links! (I’ve been lucky enough to have return visits to favorite stores, and this week I have the pleasure of visiting two new stores, so it’s just a big fat win all…

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Rolling into the last week of the tour!

on January 24, 2017

This is the last week of the tour for A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING, and I hope you’re keeping up with the lastest! The social media buttons on the bottom of the page will hook you up with my Twitter, Instagram, and FB feeds so you can come along for the ride even if you don’t live…

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Research, we search

on January 19, 2017

Since I’m out and about promoting A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING, I’m reposting some of my favorite pieces from previous years. This is a reader question from Aimee Celeste originally posted in August 2014. You do a lot of great research for your novels. What are your favorite resources for historical details, particularly in the time periods…

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A little how-to chat

on January 17, 2017

It’s release month for A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING, so that means lots of travel! Please use the social media links at the bottom of the page for the latest on where I am and what I’m up to. Don’t forget the Writerspace chat on January 18 at 9pm eastern! Since I’m out and about promoting PERILOUS,…

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I’m on tour!

on January 12, 2017

So today I’m at the Poisoned Pen in Phoenix–after what I’m assuming was a fabulous event yesterday at Murder by the Book (I’m writing this in advance like the keen multitasker I am…) Since I’m on tour, I thought I’d repeat a post when I was answering reader questions. This was a great query on…

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Happy Bastille Day, my dears–and we have a chat!

on July 14, 2016

It’s Bastille Day in the middle of the Tour de France, so time to wave the tricoleur! (And as much as I enjoy my royal ancestors, I had a little shiver of history-lover delight when I saw the birth record for my 5th-great-grandfather who was born in Alsace-Lorraine during the French Revolution to “Citizeness” Meuret…)…

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