Research Rocks

Research Rocks

You can’t write what you don’t know. Sure, books and the internet are great ways to find out about your subject, but the best way to research your story is to live it. For the Lakeview Novels I tried to do just that. While researching Hush (the story of an unknown princess who is discovered by an undercover student journalist and hunted down by terrorists on the campus of her elite boarding school) I went to several rugby games – a...

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Inspiration Near and Far

Inspiration Near and Far

Since Silence was released last week, I thought I would share a few of the pictures I took on a trip I took two summers ago  that inspired the setting. – – – – – On the trip, our middle daughter and I traveled through France.  The scenery stole my breath and I knew that I had to set a story within the sleepy hill towns in which we traveled. From the cobbled lanes, to the brass knockers adorning brightly...

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My Favorite Online Source for Everything

My Favorite Online Source for Everything

I love Pinterest. Of the online mediums, I find Pinterest the most engaging. Perhaps it is because I love visuals. Whole stories can blossom from one photograph. Often times I find images of what I want my characters to look like and I will see snippets of traits I have forgotten to include. On occasion I find locations that inspire new scenes. When I’m not writing I look at recipes, design ideas, and bucket list inspiring travel...

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Café au Lait and Pain au Chocolate

Café au Lait and Pain au Chocolate

I have not blogged for the last few weeks because I have been traveling. I thought maybe I could do it, write while away, but alas I am not Wonder Woman, and the call for adventure was much stronger than the call to write. We went to England and France. Our middle daughter Leigh and I. We toured, we shopped, we cooked, we hiked, and we even river rafted. I have not been to either of these countries in 19 years and it was our...

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