Thursday, June 1, 2017

June News

Mom's 88th birthday!

I'm thrilled to report that my mother is doing great (after a bit of a scare last month) and, in fact, she’ll celebrate her 88th birthday on June 18th! We spend a lot of time together and I thank God every day that I have her.

And, I’m slowly getting back to my regular writing routine, working on my next book. I have to admit that it's taking me some time to get re-acclimated after several weeks of being away from it. I had to re-read what I’d already written and to re-evaluate the plot. But, I’m getting there and I’m thankful for that too because my writing is so very important to me.

All of the above got me thinking about the connection between my personal life and my writing life. Because the two are definitely intertwined. True, one of the reasons I write (and read) fiction is to escape reality. But reality is at the core of my writing. Where else would the ideas for a novel (or a series) come from?

Family has always meant the world to me but family isn’t just the people who are related to us by blood. Family includes close friends and even ex-in laws. They say, “Blood is thicker than water,” but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, family members chose to walk away from their family. I think that’s very sad but it happens. By the same token, I have so many people in my life who aren’t related to me but who will always be a part of my family. The novel I’m currently writing reflects that and so do my Malone mysteries.

Here’s an overview of the series:

“The Malone Mystery Series isn’t just about the mystery. It’s the story of Ann Malone Kern and her family and the struggles they face. As the series progresses, you will see Ann and the other characters change and grow as they deal with a multitude of problems and are involved in several dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, situations. But through it all, the underlining message in each book is one of Hope.”

If you haven't read my Malone mysteries yet, I "hope" you will. 😃

Amazon Giveaway for "Mistaken Identity" ends June 27th. Enter for a chance to win one of three eBooks. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May News

It’s been a busy couple of months but things have finally settled down a bit – at least when it comes to promoting my newest release, Marnie Malone. I don’t have any events or interviews scheduled for this month but of course, like everyone, there are always things that come up in my personal life that take me away from my desk. 

As I write this, I'm struggling to care for my eighty-seven year old mother. Mom just got home from a two-day stay in the hospital and she's having a hard time. I'm doing everything I can to help her. So, for right now, my writing is on hold. But, even when I’m not actually writing, my work-in-progress is constantly on my mind and I jot down ideas I have for the book.

I’m looking forward to getting back into my writing routine. I’m a morning writer. That’s when my mind is the clearest and I’m the most creative. I love when I can get up in the morning, have coffee and breakfast and then sit down at my computer. When I’m able to, I like to write every day. It helps me to stay in the story - to keep the momentum going. But sometimes that’s not possible. Sometimes, other responsibilities have to take precedence and I need to put my writing temporarily on hold. That happens to all of us; that’s reality.

But it can be true in fiction too. In my WIP (work in progress), a standalone romantic suspense novel,  the main character, Kate, is a single mother who longs to be a published novelist. In her words, “I want something on my tombstone besides Mother, daughter and sales clerk.” But, for years, Kate has put writing the novel she’s been plotting on hold as she deals with all of the other responsibilities in her life.

Sometimes, our lives and the people we love have to be our #1 priority. Maybe, like Kate, we’re raising a young child and working full-time or we could be caring for an elderly parent. Perhaps we have some health issues that are holding us back. No matter what the reason, we need to be careful that we don’t let anything stop us from pursuing our dreams.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

April News

This month is the five year anniversary of the publication of my first Malone mystery, Mixed Messages. I can’t believe so much time has passed and that, since then, I’ve added four other books to the series.

On April 1st and 2nd, author Marilyn Meredith will host me on her blog. My topic is “The Last Malone Mystery.”

On Saturday, the 15th, I’ll participate in the Get Lit festival hosted by my publisher, Eric Beebe, of Postmortem Press. If you're in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to visit. I think it will be a lot of fun!

Update 4/11: I'm thrilled to be a guest on Sharon Vertetis Aguanno's blog. Sharon is an avid reader (not a writer) and she posts author interviews and book reviews. She does a fantastic job and I hope you'll stop by.

And, of course, Easter is the day after the event, which reminds me to mention that my third Malone mystery, Desperate Deeds, takes place at this time of year. Since each of my books may be read as a standalone, this might be a good time to pick up a copy for yourself or as a gift.

As Ann Malone Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.

When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, she is elated. But the initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Ann’s six-year-old son?

But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.

Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Where are the children? And what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?

And, as always, HAPPY READING!