Cover Release


With just a month to go before my middle grade novel featuring a trio of horse-crazy kids who have to come together to solve a mystery is released, I figured it’s time to release the…

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Michelle Ney — Arts & Culture Texas Feature Article


I had the pleasure of talking with talended set and costume designer Michelle Ney about her designs. If you are from the Austin area and have the chance to see one of the shows she’s…

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Quick, Quick!


Thanks to Mary Saums for inviting me to post on the Femmes Fatales blog today. News! I have a middle grade mystery BURNED. Sophie Allen is a horse-crazy girl. When a local fire threatens her…

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Designing Texas


I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a talented set designer for Arts & Culture Texas. The full interview with Ryan McGettigan is in this month’s edition of the magazine. Go poke around the issue. There are some…

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Vacation?


You’ll have noticed the lack of recent posts. I’m wearing roller skates on the merry-go-round of life. In short: I’m on deadline. See ya back here in November.

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A Picture (Book) is Worth A Thousand Words


You gotta wonder if editors didn’t have that in mind with their suggestion that one thousand words or fewer would be the ideal word count for a modern picture book. New goal for word counts…

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All Strays Apply Here


I miss the redhead from Chapter Three. She was a dynamo in riding tights, whose dialogue sparkled and forceful nature promised much in the way of future interesting conflict. Pity she didn’t fit the story…

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Who Are Your People?


This was almost an off-topic post. It’s been that kind of week. Characters are supposed to feel real to the reader. As real as though you’d met them. Someone you might ask, “Now who are…

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Miss Spelling


When I was young, I would ask, “How do you spell, *****?” My Dad’s response, bless his little cotton socks, was always, “The Dictionary is in the  sunroom. Go use it.” Ungrateful wretch that I…

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How To


Our critique group had an interesting discussion on how you learn to write. I opened my browser to check my bookmarks and share them with the group, only to find that I hadn’t actually bookmarked…

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