Quinn’s Inferno

Quinn’s Inferno

Last week my house suffered a catastrophic fire. I’ve been asked “How did it happen?” so many times I could tell the story in my sleep, but I’ll tell it again on the page. I think for a writer, it isn’t real until we’ve written it...

Top 10 Books of 2014

I’m about to start a long road trip, throwing the Praetorian Dog in the car and heading off to spend Christmas with the Dowager Librarian in California–but I’ve got just enough time to turn out the mandatory Top Ten Books I Read This Year!  blog...

The 13 Stages of Copyediting Madness

  1. Page 2: Hey, this book isn’t so bad. 2. Page 81: That’s the fourth misspelled word . . . and those are just the ones I caught. Wait, how many am I missing?! 3. Start over. 4. Send panicked email to writing buddy begging for one more reread of...
My House Is Tidy. And I Hate It.

My House Is Tidy. And I Hate It.

The reason everything is tidy is because my husband is gone. Now, he’s not a slob–the faucets in our bathrooms are shined to pass a Navy inspection, and he actually reproaches me if I do the vacuuming without him–but clean and tidy are two very...

10 Warning Signs of a Bookworm Child

Do any of these 10 things seem familiar? Then you were (or have given birth to) a bookworm child. 1. An advanced ability to walk while reading. Forget those skits where the kid walks book-first into a glass door. A true bookworm child can navigate a full schoolbus...

How To Keep Writing and Keep Sane

There are a billion blog posts out there about how to write a book, how to market a book, how to sell a book. How to up your word-count; how to make your characters pop; how to hook an agent. There’s not so much about how to be happy as a writer. How to live...

The Beauty of Beta Readers

Beta readers: to use, or not to use? I’m a fan, and I’ve found that it’s good to have different beta-readers who you look to for different things. Such as: 1. The Expert. This reader might change from book to book, depending on what you need fact-checked,...

The Lion and the Rose: The Movie

I always have fun with my yearly “Let’s cast my latest book as a movie!” blog post. But with my Borgia duology “The Serpent and the Pearl” and “The Lion and the Rose,” I have a particular dilemma not faced before with any of...
Virtual Potluck Part II!

Virtual Potluck Part II!

I’m a foodie at heart–you can always count on there being delicious food in my books. (And the best part about fictional food? Zero calories!) My Borgia duology “The Serpent and the Pearl” and “The Lion and the Rose” has the most...