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Characters for TORN

After months, and months, I think I've got photos for the important characters in TORN, my young adult science fiction. The problem is I get an image in my head and its really, really, REALLY hard to find photos that come close enough. Evan Whittaker This is pretty close for Evan, the boy who suddenly becomes obsessed with Julia, the [...]

My New Manuscript Has a Cast

Last night I read through my manuscript of TORN one last time after my latest revisions. (I sent it off to a couple of people to read.) I consider it done unless something major comes up, which means it's time to move on to a new project. No rest for the wicked, I always say. My next project is a [...]

Your Mother Always Said to Dress in Layers

{Note: I've completed five full length manuscripts, but I still feel like a poser when I write about writing.} Your mother always said to dress in layers and it's good advice for your manuscript. I tend to underwrite. You'll rarely see purple prose from me and when you do, I've tried too hard and end up having to scoop all [...]

Open Wound

I make no secret of the fact I'm a widow, which in itself seems weird. Widows are old and grey haired. I am neither of those things, although my children might disagree with the former.  I've found the farther in time I'm removed from the accident, the more difficult it is to tell people. It's an old memory.  The stabbing [...]

The Lost Art of Manners

I grew up in the Midwest were people are generally pleasant and say please and thank you. I thought this was the way things were in the world. And then I moved to the South. If manners in the Midwest are a condiment, they're a heaping side dish in the South chock full of syrupy pleasantries. I loved it. I [...]