Monday, May 21, 2012





So sweet it will give you cavities...

Here it is. My first romance in thirteen years.  Over those years, romance fans have asked (begged) me to write another romance. I wasn't sure I had another one in me, and then I came up with a concept for a trilogy. My old agent read about 20 pages and passed on it.  Another agent agreed to look at the same pages and said it was the weirdest thing she'd ever read. Pass.  But I've always loved this idea, so I decided to publish it myself.  Maybe they were right. Maybe this book is awful. But maybe it's not. I don't know.  The books that have been the hardest to get past the gatekeepers ended up being my biggest successes, so you just don't know.  But do I still have what it takes to write romance? That's the question. Not sure I do, because I've never been a romantic person. And now that I'm a curmudgeon... 


A romance about a girl and her cat...

For cat lovers everywhere, this sweet, quirky, and delightful romance is about a young woman and her matchmaking cat.

A little bit of mystery, a whole lot of whimsy.

When a matchmaking cat takes it upon himself to find his young mistress a new mate, he accidentally stirs up memories better left forgotten.

Melody’s husband was murdered by what seemed a random act of violence. Two years later, the killer hasn’t been caught, and Melody is coping in unhealthy ways. During the day she’s a mild-mannered children’s librarian, but at night she’s a party girl, hanging out in bars, drinking with new friends, and often bringing home strange men. Although acquaintances have tried to keep in touch, Melody has cut herself off from most of the people in her old life. Max, her eccentric cat, doesn’t approve of her new friends, he’s tired of the parade of losers, and he’s finally taken it upon himself to find Melody a new man.


 Saint Paul, Minnesota

This book is 30,000 words, which equates to about 150 print pages.

The inspiration for the trilogy has been gone a year. You can read about him here.

Monday, May 7, 2012


This is something we know, but sometimes those things we know become the things we forget because of the too familiar. Like a beautiful view you begin to take for granted. Or the pile of dirty dishes that have been there for a week. You just get used to it, and it becomes normal, and it doesn't register anymore. So sometimes when I'm writing I forget. I forget the very core of what this is about is emotion. Doesn’t matter what you're writing. Fiction. Nonfiction. Suspense. Crime fiction. Fantasy. Romance. We are all looking for that emotional ride. We want our breath to catch. We want our heart to pound.

The best music, the best visual art, the best movies, the best books are, at the very core, about taking the reader on an emotional journey.

 Carry on.  Just put this up as a reminder to myself. 

But…wait.  What about connection?  What about reader connection?  Isn't that at the core of all good writing? That recognition of yourself in a piece of someone's writing?

Yes, it is.  Which is why the shared experience between the writer and reader is so darn complex.