I write at a slow pace. I'm not always thrilled by that fact, but it's a fact nonetheless. I write at a slow pace. There are a couple reasons for this: The first is that I'm the mother of three; the oldest is not yet seven, and the youngest is two weeks away from her … Continue reading A Slow Pace
That's right! A new story is coming your way, and here's a taste, just a little tease, to whet your appetite. Six years ago, Rhianne made a careless mistake with devastating consequences. Stalked by guilt and an ever-present anger she can't evade, she takes each day as it comes, while maintaining a civil, but distant, … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Baby Grand
We're talking Dracula over at Stitched Smile Publications today, and I thought I'd invite you all to the party. My lovely boss, Lisa, posed this question: "'Dracula and the Gothic Novel' brings up the idea of the Byronic Hero, a literary character type made famous in the poetry of Lord Byron 100 years prior. This … Continue reading Dracula: Evil Monster or Tragic Hero?
A lot of times, authors get asked why they write, or what inspires them to write. It's a fairly cliche question, and I know many authors who are often frustrated by it, because sometimes, it can be a difficult question to answer. Answers are usually similar, and often can be vague: I just have to. … Continue reading The Villain Inside
A stray thought knocks, then nags, playing freeze tag among synapses. Begging please. No. Not this. Not now. But as the walls close in, breath grows thin and becomes a limited commodity. Lungs lock and capsize, the key trapped inside, swallowed by an irrational fear that can’t be denied. Heart races, then trips, unable to … Continue reading Trapped
He sits at a table, a steaming cup of coffee at his wrist, the newspaper flipped to the business section. It’s easy to imagine he’s checking the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and he looks so serious, so fraught with concern, I almost call out to him. But then again, what do I know … Continue reading Stranger at the Table
The Bean Sidhe--or banshees--are fairies of Irish legend said to be the harbingers of death. It is said that each of the major ancient families of Ireland were blessed with a familial banshee, which would wail and keen when the death of a family member was imminent. When the "caoine"--or wail--of a banshee was heard, … Continue reading Song of the Banshees
There are times when you witness something happen to someone else that causes you to contemplate your family – parents, spouse, significant other, children or grandchildren; whatever applies to you, and spontaneously, you find yourself thanking God, Fate, the Universe or mere Chance – whatever your faith may rest in, that you are not the … Continue reading Christmas Mourning
Why can’t we have ‘the twelve days of Halloween?' Why does Christmas have a monopoly on almost two whole weeks of the year? It's not fair, I tell you! So just for fun, for those who--like me--walk on the darker side of life here is: The Twelve Nights of Christmas. (I dare you not to … Continue reading The 12 Nights of Christmas
Julian shuffled his feet as he stood in the long, winding line at the Mills. Shoving his hands into the pockets of a pair of jeans a few inches too short, he huffed out a harsh breath. Out of the corner of his eye. he caught Mrs. Newall’s disapproving glare, but he didn’t care. This … Continue reading Do You Believe in Magic?