Whatever’s On My Mind Today

I’m so happy Outlander is back on. This season is based on my favorite novel in the series – Voyager. I haven’t told a lot of people, but I read Outlander’s first six novels, I think, a half-dozen times, back to back. Then the next two, Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own […]... Read More

And even more characters in Eva and the Irishman – America

Kelly Ann Sullivan: She was born and raised in the Irish neighborhood of Chicago in abject poverty. When she’s a young child, her father abandons her and her mother. It’s rumored Kelly’s mother resorts to prostitution, inviting men into their tenement in the slums, leaving Kelly vulnerable to those with bad intent, and a mother […]... Read More

Main Characters in Eva and the Irishman, first novel in the Eva and the Irishman series.

Finnish Characters: Part One, Origins, 1890’s Eva Maki: Pronounced AY-vah. A country girl, she’s just turned eighteen. Still very much a child, she’s on the cusp of womanhood. She’s discovering the wonders of young men her age. Tall and strawberry blonde, she’s strong and independent, and the eldest of three girls, all cut from the […]... Read More

Waiting for the Debut

Self-publishing is happening! I have a great professionally produced book cover by Tatiana Vila of viladesign.net that was reasonably priced and took about a week to have completed (see it in the column on the right). My sister Annette has been working on the ebook formatting. She’s mastering the process, and has moved forward with […]... Read More

Looks LIke It’s Self-Publishing!

I always thought that the traditional way of agent-publisher was the way to go. And, self-publishing was a way to get your beloved, heart-driven novel lost in the Indiana Jones warehouse of on-line books. It doesn’t seem so now. I’ve discovered literary agents are very narrow in what they’re looking for since publishers basically control […]... Read More

Queries, Comfort Zones, and Trust

So, now that my website is up and running, it’s time for me to start the query process … A-gain. First of all, since 2013 or 14 I have sent out many queries in three different time periods. I’ve refined and re-refined the query letters themselves, the synopsis, and the manuscripts. My heart and mind […]... Read More

The Genre That Chose Me

I’ve always loved a good love story. Dr. Zhivago, Anna Karenina, Tristan and Isolde, Outlander, and yes, even Love Story, back in the late 60’s, have all inspired me. I’m currently watching Victoria on PBS. That’s right up my alley. My favorite movie of all time is Dr. Zhivago, the one with Omar Sharif. It’s […]... Read More