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Websites and Technology

Those who know me, know I struggle with websites and technology. Well, pretty much anything that plugs in. Honestly, sometimes I miss my past of kerosene lanterns and paper and pen. Which is why I’ve just spent the past two hours struggling with updating this website. I wish it had come with an instruction booklet for website idiots. It […]

Ghost Roads Cover By Monika Younger

Ghost Roads has a new cover. As some of you may know, the past few months I’ve been working with Monika Younger at on book covers. She created the cover for the newest book, Sunshine On My Shoulders, and when I saw her work, I knew I wanted to redo all the covers. So here is […]

‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’ Is Here

Sunshine On My Shoulders has just gone live on Amazon. There are still some publishing steps to take for other mediums, but as of today the book is available in print and e-book versions. Obviously I’m excited, but there’s also the trepidation and nervousness about tossing your creative child out to the world. And of […]

WordPress’s ‘Discover’ Feature

WordPress editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands graciously chose one of my blog posts, ‘Life Through Stories’ for WordPress’s ‘Discover’ Feature. I replied in a very professional manner, thanking her. And then a few minutes later had to send her a P.S. because I worried she might hear excited squealing in the wind and wonder what was […]

Sunshine On My Shoulders Cover Design

Sunshine On My Shoulders is the title for book four in my mystery series and the cover design is in process. The manuscript is currently in the revision process but the cover art is shaping up nicely. This cover design is by Monika Younger and I’m so thrilled with her design process that I’ve asked her […]


Rain is part of the Pacific Northwest. Have you ever gone for a walk in the weather? Tried to work outside in a downpour? Ever thought about the mysterious stories waiting on those mountaintops hidden in charcoal gray clouds? When you can’t see anything, sometimes you can believe in everything. Who could look at those […]

Characters as Friends

Are characters your friends? How important is it that you relate to the character in a book? And what makes you relate to that character? These questions led to a debate between myself and author Susan Schreyer about character development. If you click on the blog post tab above you’ll be able to read more. […]

Back to School

Since fall is in the air and kids are going back to school, I figured I might as well, too. I’ve recently signed up for a course called ‘Writers Writing Fiction 2016: Storied Women’. There’s more information about this on my Storyriver blog, with the tab to access at the top of this homepage. There’s […]

Spaces to Create

We all need spaces to create, whether it’s for writing, or just as a place to relax after a long day. If you click on the blog tab above, you’ll read more about my space and why it’s a grounding spot for writing. Feel free to comment on the blog about the spaces that ground […]

Digressions From Writing

Once in a while it’s nice to digress from writing and the struggle to find something original to blog about. Please take a moment to click on the Story River tab above, and read my most recent digression. As a teaser, it’s about a woman screaming in the dark. Sort of.