INSPIRED: Mom’s cherished moments

It was just a kelly green notebook, the kind I used for Math and Social Studies. But inside, day after day, for years, it served as my mother’s diary. Mom documented all kinds of things inside: births, deaths, new jobs, Easter brunch, the day she finished her hand-hooked rug (It took a year and a…

INSPIRED: #amediting

I’m busy editing the manuscript of my Civil War novel. Cutting and pasting, rewriting and rethinking. Oh yes, and occasionally cussing over why I can’t keep things straight in Scrivener. (I’m learning!) So I laughed when I came across this photo from my visit to the Morgan Library in New York last December. When Lord…

INSPIRED: Writers in the Storm

They don’t even know it but I consider Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Orly Konig and Fae Rowen among my mentors. The authors  who created Writers in the Storm offer practical advice on the highs and lows of writing. Their columns keep me writing when I feel off, and inspire me to go back to work when I’ve…

WRITING: Maureen’s world

Writers create their own little worlds when they envision their stories. This is especially true for fantasies, fairy tales and those wonderful small town stories we have always loved. My Civil War novel takes place in and around a real town. With serious liberties that would probably drive a Civil War historian insane. But I kept…

INSPIRATION: What inspires Ann Patchett?

Ann Patchett, the author of Bel Canto  and her newest, Commonwealth, was having lunch with Ralph Fiennes. It was during her freelancing days and she had flown to London to interview him. He was at the height of his “Ralph Fiennes-ness,” Patchett quipped. After a waiter came up and told Fiennes he was an actor too, she…