‘Falling in Love…’

When I started writing my pandemic romance back in March, I thought life would be back to normal by now. Stores and restaurants would be operating normally…we’d be gathering for concerts and festivals…we’d be well and the hospitals would be empty of all the covid-19 patients. I was wrong. Consequently, I plotted out my novel…

Chapter 1—Jessica: Starting out

Chapter 1 March 16, 9:30 a.m.  Jessica: ALL BY OURSELVES “I wish I had a cat.” Those are the wistful words from my bored six-year-old daughter still in her pajamas, looking up from schoolwork assignment we just read together.  The way things are right now, I don’t want a cat or a bat, a dog,…

Help me finish my new book — #whathappensnext

While we are all on lock-down, I’m writing a book and don’t know how it ends. Jessica starts her new job, a dream job writing for her hometown newspaper, the day the governor enacts stay-at-home orders. So she’ll meet her colleagues on Zoom and conduct her interviews via phone and email. Dan doesn’t even want…

Creativity thrives in time of covid-19

I have heard it said (more than a few times) we’re going to have a baby boom when this is all over. With stay-at-home orders spreading from one coast to the other, I don’t doubt it. And what a wonderful thing. Love in the present and hope in the future! This pandemic is awful. Though…

My reading material at the Poe House author event.

Reading Mr. Poe

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to read Edgar Allan Poe’s “MS. Found in a Bottle,” a short story he wrote while living in the West Baltimore house. It’s said this story of a storm-tossed ship launched Mr. Poe’s career as a weaver of strange and eerie tales. Much more frightening was opening my own work…

What are you reading? Summer edition

This summer I’ve gobbled up so many beautiful books: Here’s a list, probably not complete, though these have had a profound effect on me as a human being and as a writer. ON THE COME UP, by Angie Thomas. I listened to this one, just as I listened to her audiobook of THE HATE U…