Does “I Tried” Count?

Last year I wrote down a few things “I’d like to do” during 2022. Good thing I said they weren’t New Year’s resolutions because they remain undone. I am happy to say I attempted most, accomplished none. But “good try” counts, right? I did not try writing humor. I managed to publish one full book, … Read more

Hello Holidays, My How You’ve Changed

Christmas is a few days away and by this time my house usually looks like an advertisement for Santa’s workshop or the North Pole edition of a home decorating magazine. Some people dread Christmas. I’m not one of them, although I have to admit I’m not as “spirited” this year. For me Christmas changed when … Read more

In Search of Pith and Profundity

When I began writing, I told myself and anyone else who would listen, that I wanted my books to have more than good, entertaining stories. I wanted them to tell readers something they didn’t know. The heroine in my first book, A Kiss of Cabernet, was a vineyard manager. As the romance developed, the reader … Read more

Screams in the Night

Screams that sound like tormented souls from the depths of hell pierce the silence of my house around three a.m. every morning. The high-pitched screeches fill the brain with sounds from bloody horror films and descriptions of banshees. In my bed I wonder if the neighbors can hear and what they must be thinking, especially … Read more

Word Ghosts from the Past

Have you ever uttered a phrase that you know came from your past, but you’re not sure where or why? “Pet the cat nicely.” I’m petting the cat, but why would I say that to myself? Did I say that to my children when they were little, or did someone say it to me when … Read more