Monday, December 31, 2012


2012 brought a ton of change for me and I'm going into 2013 with uncertainty in many ways. The good news? I have two books coming out in 2013, my family is healthy, my oldest Chihuahua, Austin, has lived to see another year, and I have earned a black belt in Sudoku. I have much to be happy for, and much happiness to anticipate.

Wishing all my blogger friends a healthy and happy 2013. This is the year of great achievement.

~Write on friends ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I got tagged on my friend, Jennifer Greyson's blog yesterday and now I'm part of this cool blog fest, The Next Big Thing, where I get to answer a few questions about my WIP.

What is your working title of your book?

  • My current WIP is Captured by the Pirate Laird.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

  • I wanted to write a romance about a Scottish pirate.
What genre does your book fall under?

  • Romance, sub genre, Historical
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

  • Ooo, that's a tough one. I think Keira Knightly and Henry Cavill (from The Tudors)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  • Married by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Anne's life cannot get worse--until her ship is plundered by pirates.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

  • Good question.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

  • Two months
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

  • The Saint, The Rarnger, Highland Warrior, The Maid of Lorne

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

  • My Scottish roots.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

  • The characters are real people...but the story is entirely fictional. 
My friend Pat Coffey is carrying the torch for the Next Big Thing. Visit her blog, Vigilant Silver Fox:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mesquite Book Festival-Writing Historical Fiction

I had the honor of giving a presentation on writing historical fiction at the Mesquite Book Festival on Saturday. I began describing the research I did before I started writing my Native American historical novel, Koicto. One thing I've learned with writing historicals is that you have to read a lot of non-fiction books to create a believable world that is as close to the reality of the time as you can make it.

In Koicto, some of the questions I tried to address were:

  • Who were the Fremont Indians?
  • How did they live?
  • What did they believe?
  • What was it like to live in 885 A.D.?
  • What did they eat, what were there rituals, why did they carve on rocks, etc...

I talked about the writing process that I outlined in my blog post on November 6th , and some of the tools that I use, but historical fiction starts with research:

  • Online
  • Library
  • Books
  • Interviewing
  • Reading, reading reading.
Since I wrote Koicto, I have written 4 historical romance manuscripts, and Virtue, which will be released in December 2013, has a lot of Mayan history intertwined. I gave one of my Scottish historical manuscripts to a Scottish woman to review for authenticity. Though she's not a historian, she grew up around the antiquity of her ancestors, and has given me a ton of input on how to make some of the things in my scenes more realistic. 

If you're going to write historical fiction, I believe it is important to get as much of the history right as you possibly can.

Write on friends!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Historical Fiction Presenation

I'm heading down to Mesquite tomorrow to give a presentation on writing historical fiction. I'm looking forward to it. I'll blog about the highlights on Monday. See you then.

~Write on Friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Starting a New Manuscript

Starting a new MS is always hard for me even though I spend weeks plotting. But still, I've got to write about 10,000 words before I get into my groove. I hit 5,000 today--sometimes I can write 5k+ in a day, but not at the beginning of a MS--it's more like 1k (honestly).

However, the last line I wrote got me excited. Know what it was?

How could she make eating look so--delicious?

Do you ever write something that gives you a kick-start? Would love for you to share.

Write on friends!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Help Me Make A List of Great Books 2012!

As a writer, I consider it part of my job to read. However, as a productive writer, my reading time is limited. At the moment I'm writing about four books per year, and that limits me to reading about a book a week. I firmly hold onto the adage, "know thy genre" which means I have to read much as possible and read widely. I always feel rotten if I start a book, and it's not what I expected, or not to my taste, or simply, it's bad. I used to struggle through and try to finish any book I started, but increasingly, if I'm not captivated in the first couple of chapters, I'll toss it aside and move on to the next one. But it's driving me crazy. It seems there are more bad books out there than ever...or I'm getting pickier...or I'm spending too much time in my own genre. Whatever the reason, I'm on a GOOD book quest.

I'd like to know what books you've read in the past year that you couldn't put down. It doesn't have to be a romance, but if you can suggest a romance, I'd especially like that. If I get enough comments, I'll publish a GOOD BOOK LIST with links to those books. So come on, help me ID the best books of 2012!!

Please tell your friends about this list/tweet about it, post of Facebook. I want the best darned book list for 2012! All they have to do is leave a comment on my blog with the name of a book by December 31st and I'll add it to the list.