Do It Afraid

As you read this, I am at a writing conference in Austin, Texas, sucking up knowledge and stealing tacos from a whole bunch of crazy talented authors. This is my second trip to this particular conference, and I am SO excited to see my gang again. We are planning meals and drinks and bookstore visits, and […]

Don’t Make Me Read That

Welcome to the first installment of my new blog series called “Don’t Make Me Read That.” As I’ve told you before, I read quite a bit. But I don’t veer out of my favorite genres too often. I don’t know anything about fantasy or science fiction, and I’ve read very little true crime or mystery. […]

How To Be A Hooker

The theme of last weekend’s RWA meeting was “Creating a Strong Story Hook.” The entirely delightful Debbie Decker taught the class, and she gave a lot of great examples of stories that began with a great hook and don’t let you go. The beginning of Star Wars, for example – that pounding explosion of music, the crawl […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ryan Lochte

I admit I’m following Lochtegate with a toxic mixture of glee and horror. The tweets! The white male privilege! The Ugly American! Am I an intelligent observer of cultural relations, or do I just like to laugh at stupid people? What is this guy all about? What am I all about? Can you tell me? This is […]