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…

Thanks, E. Elizabeth Watson

A delightful romance! Tilghman skillfully captures the essence of young love and warm Christmas traditions in this holiday novella. – E. Elizabeth Watson author of Westward Bound and The Ladies of Scotland series This is the lovely blurb that appears on the top of my new novella, LOVE LETTERS & GINGERBREAD, my Christmas story set in Annapolis…

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…

Writer’s weekend

Go away, damn snow! Melt, you stupid ice! Nothing is going to keep my writer friends and me from gathering this weekend to write and talk about our works in progress. I’m playing host for the Revisionaries’ first annual writer’s retreat, starting in a few hours. We’ve all watched the weather forecasts like little kids…

Inspiration: Collected Letters

  Sometimes, writing feels like this, a thousand letters (and not all of them familiar) come piling down on top of me. I can be driving down the Beltway, walking through the produce aisle, running on the treadmill. A thousand thoughts pile up on me, letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, Stories. It’s a miracle. Does it…