I write urban fantasy and romance, as well as nonfiction essays and magazine articles. Writing is usually a solitary activity, but my critique partners extraordinaire read my pages weekly and make sure I don't get away with weak characters, blah plot, or incomprehensible prose. My support system also includes the fabulous men and women of the Inland Empire Chapter and the Greater Seattle Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
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- I'm a 2014 GOLDEN HEART FINALIST! Well, my manuscript VALHALLA'S KING is a finalist.:-) I am so increadibly honored to be nominated for this prestigous contest. Check out the list of nominees and you'll see why I'm so excited.
- I just got back from lovely warm Arizona and the fabulous Desert Dreams Writers Conference. To my joy and surprise, A FLASH OF FEAR was one of the 5 finalists in the Realizing the Dream Conference.
- I'm moderating the Get Lit! festival panel A Brave New World: Finding Your Path to Publication in Today's Market on Saturday April 12 at noon.
- The Romance Writers of America 34th Annual Conference is in San Antonio in July and I'm one of the speakers! Rebecca Zanetti and I will be presenting Untie Your Tongue: How to Lead Successful Workshops and Author Events with Confidence. And as a Golden Heart finalist, I'm really especially looking forward to the awards ceremony this year. :-)
In between planes, trains, and automobiles, I'll continue writing for See Jane Publish. Every month has a particular theme and the fabulous 8 women who contribute to the blog offer amazing writing resources, as well as inspiring stories. I'm also a monthly contributor to Bark, the blog associated with the literary magazine Willow Springs and a place for fun and insightful discussions about pop culture, writing culture, and anything culture--or not.
Buy the gift that keeps on giving! My essay "Thanksgiving: A Different Perspective" is included in the Three River Press collection Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, edited by Rita Golden Gelman.
All the authors and the editor of this book are donating the royalties to fund scholarships for Delhi slum kids who manage to graduate from high school. The Rotary club in Delhi (via a Rotary Club in Maryland) are administrating the scholarships and vetting and mentoring the young men and women who qualify. Read the intro to the book, which includes a fabulous recipe for Curried Carrot Soup, on Random House's website. Purchase a copy now from your favorite store: