Comfort and Joy

A Christmas short story By Mary K. Tilghman   Pyotr Ilyich, the nutcracker The family had barely walked away, their decorating finished when two angels put down their instruments and looked at one another. And boy were they angry.  On the other hand, the snowman, a big round ball of a being dressed most inappropriately…

How to keep warm this holiday season

E. Elizabeth Watson has shared on her blog a long wonderful list of holiday reads, everything from my little book, Love Letters & Gingerbread, to her Scottish romance Christmas Wore Plaid to a collection of Hanukkah stories. Lots are historical fiction, including those rugged Scots and the always popular Regency. But there are contemporary romances,…

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…

December happenings!

With National Novel Writing Month over, I’m emerging from my writing cave for two really fun events in December—besides the Christmas holidays, of course. First up, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., I am the featured reader at the Poe House and Museum‘s monthly Authors Series. I will be reading from Mr. Poe’s “MS. Found…

Marathon NaNoWriMo write-in

By now, National Novel Writing Month fans, you should have written 32,000 words on your latest romance/thriller/mystery/memoir/adult-fiction/YA/historical. Right. Did life get in the way for you too? It definitely did for me. First came the house issues. Then we had to celebrate my son’s engagement to the most wonderful young woman in the world. Phew.…

Come to the Baltimore Book Festival

This weekend, Nov. 1-3, booklovers will gather at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to snatch up some new books and book-related stuff and—my favorite part—to see and listen to lots of authors writing lots of great books. The Baltimore Book Festival has become my home in the past few years. Cancel everything! I have to hang with my…

Countdown to NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is coming! National Novel Writing Month is coming! Did you hear? November is NaNoWriMo–a month set aside for anyone who thinks they might like to try their hand at writing a novel. Well, the first draft anyway. I’ve participated in this crazy month of impossible daily word counts since 2012. It took…