Official Book Cover Unveiling!

I'm excited today to unveil my cover for Oldsters! Wow - what a feeling it is to see this book through to completion. I can't wait for everyone to head down Route 66 with Eddie and his friends...and I invite you to watch out for the official upcoming book release date.

Character Development, Oldsters, The Writing Life

Doing the Leg Work

Speaking of her writing process, author Jacquelyn Mitchard said, “I do a great deal of research. I don’t want anyone to say, ‘That could not have happened.’” I imagine most writers feel this way, but it’s not just about having your facts straight. One of the great things about writing a novel is putting your characters… Continue reading Doing the Leg Work

Oldsters, The Writing Life

What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?

If you're a regular reader, you know that the rule I break most often during the writing process is editing while I go. I've always been a rule breaker, accepted & moved on. With that said, I still have to maintain a list of things I'll want to go back and either make sure I… Continue reading What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?

Character Development, Oldsters

Secondary & Minor Characters

Think about how boring a story would be if there were only 'main' characters. No matter how well-written they may be, our stars of the show need a cast of supporting characters to round out a successful novel. Often times, these players can be one reason a story is so memorable, so as writers, we need… Continue reading Secondary & Minor Characters


Location! Location! Location!

Just like with character development, I often like to use a real-life visual to remind me of small details I might not think of when it comes to locations. Depending on the story, location will play a different level of importance, and in my novel Oldsters, location does play a strong role - mostly because… Continue reading Location! Location! Location!

Character Development, Oldsters

“Oldsters”: An Update

Still working on the first draft of my novel, Oldsters. I'm at chapter eight, and while I'm not pleased with the speed of my progress, I am pleased at the way the story is going. (If you're interested, click the Oldsters link at the top to read a summary). My approach has been to create it… Continue reading “Oldsters”: An Update


…sum it up

"What's your book about?" "What inspired you to write about (insert topic)?" Those are the common questions anyone who is writing a book gets. I'll take the second one first. I've always been fascinated with the elderly. Just looking at my own parents, I would think about the stories they must have. You can go… Continue reading …sum it up