A year of 6 a.m. writing sprints

A year ago today, one of my fellow writers, Kristie Wolf, and I decided to get up at 6 a.m. and spend an hour working on our novels. We called it our “morning sprints” but we really weren’t in a hurry. “Sprint” means more like an exercise to get our creative juices flowing so we…

Book Expo 2019: getting books in readers’ hands

Book Expo, a gigantic marketplace that brings together publishers both big and small, booksellers and librarians, is really designed for the bibliophile. These three groups plot ways to get books into the hands of readers. I went as a writer, with that same view in mind. A writer friend—who is also a literary agent—suggested I…

Join us for a write-in

The Maryland Romance Writers love sharing their love of the process of writing. Our group has decided to spread the love a little further by hosting summer write-ins for our members—and anyone who would like to join us. If you’ve been thinking I’d like to write a novel, a memoir, a short story, a letter…

Get to know us on Facebook

I have joined the most awesome group of writers. We’ve formed a Facebook page, Off the Beaten Path Historical Stories, designed for readers so we can share what we’re writing, researching, studying and reading. And so we can get to know those people we love almost as much as our own family. Our readers. We are…

A literary event for the ages

The Historical Novel Society North America will celebrate historical fiction at National Harbor on the Potomac River with a special event for all readers during their national convention in June. The Historical Readers Festival and Book Signing will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor Saturday, June 22, 1…

Book signings are such fun

Lots of fun. I spent Saturday afternoon in the company of history lovers, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Rising Sun Inn in Crownsville, Md. What a fascinating group of people. I had such a wonderful time talking about Divided Loyalties, introducing the cover for its second edition and, even better, introducing…

The things we do for readers

Connecting with readers is one of the most important things authors do. If no one reads the works we publish, then what’s the point? On Saturday, April 13, I’m speaking as part of an author’s series about my first book DIVIDED LOYALTIES. But I’m also going to speak about my NEXT book, LOVE LETTERS &…