Beachside Authorfest is Coming!

I hope you will join me in beautiful Lake Geneva for Beachside Authorfest. It is a family-friendly event for authors and is sponsored by The Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library and Breadloaf Books. SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021  10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Located in...

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN . . .

  Perk Up, otherwise known as Elkhorn’s Living Room, was the perfect setting to meet with family and friends, both old and new, for the initial book signing of BUILD YOUR WINGS ON THE WAY DOWN, my second novel. What an enjoyable morning! Many thanks to all who joined...

The Infamous Red Pen

I’ve mentioned my editor before. Barbara is a stickler for correctness, conciseness, and consistency. A writer needs someone who is merciless when they edit your writing, and that person, for me, is Barbara. We met at a UW-Madison Writers’ Institute where...

Missing Mickey

On a cold, January day in 2015, a dog named Mickey came into our Lakeland Animal Shelter as a stray. From the beginning, he was loving and sweet and terrified of going outside at night, an indication he was abandoned somewhere at night. Our shelter has a resale...

Immerse Yourself

If you’ve read my first book, Long Time Coming, you probably remember what happened to the character Eddie at the end (spoiler alert if you haven’t read it yet). After finishing the book, one of my friends sent me the following text: “Thanks for...

Namaste

Have you ever tried yoga? Yoga is a mind and body practice that teaches calmness and relaxation while increasing strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. It also brings an awareness of any weaknesses you might have. I’m no expert, not even close, but...

Who Said That?

Dialog tags are those words following quotations telling the reader who is speaking. It’s the “he said, she said, Mary said, Bob said” that helps you follow a conversation between or among characters. These tags are almost unnoticeable, unless the...
Phone A Friend

Phone A Friend

I don’t know much about the law. Other than the obeying part, I’m guessing most people are like me. Sure, movies, television, books, newspapers, and other media give us snippets of what it’s all about, but nothing deep enough to represent yourself in court. In one...
Glad You Asked

Glad You Asked

“How did you come up with the idea for your book?” is an important question I am often asked. Readers want to know the spark that ignited the story they are reading. In the book Long Time Coming, the plot weaves together two story threads, one concerning the family...