Monthly Archives: September 2014

Getting Organized

This weekend I gave a presentation to the Sacramento Valley Rose chapter of RWA on Writing and Organizing a Fiction Series. Part of my presentation included showing the audience the various software tools I use to organize my writing, such as Scrivener, Scapple, and Aeon Timeline. This got me thinking about my recent push to […]

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Using a Standing Desk

If you’re curious about what it’s like to work at a standing desk, you might want to check out my guest blog post today over at the website of the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of Romance Writers of America. My post is called “Stand Up and Write” and includes a photo of the rolling computer […]

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#1LineWed – Setting

Today’s theme for #1LineWed on Twitter, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death chapter, is setting. I’ve posted one example already from WAR: Disruption. I’ll post another later in the day. The difficulty with pulling only one line out of the manuscript is that I try to weave my settings into the action, so a single line […]

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RESEARCH – Strange Bedfellows

As a romantic thriller writer, sometimes my research leads me in very different directions. For example, my heroine Emily in WAR: Disruption is a former principal ballet dancer. This led me to read Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, the autobiography of American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland. In order to understand my villain, who […]

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1 Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding might be a term that brings to mind writers constructing complicated fantasy worlds, but it’s something I’ve been working on for my upcoming romantic thriller series WAR. Although this new series is set in an alternate version of West Africa, I wanted to make certain that I fully understood the political and economic histories of […]

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#1LineWed – Dialogue

Yep, it’s that time again. This week’s #1LineWed theme, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death (aka Mystery/Romantic Suspense) chapter, is dialogue. I’ve posted once already today and have several more posts scheduled throughout the day. Head on over to Twitter to follow #1LineWed and see snippets from my upcoming book WAR: Disruption as well as snippets from […]

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Novel Engagement™ App

Have you heard of the Novel Engagement™ app from Romance Writers of America? Novel Engagement™ allows you to follow many romance authors, including me, and look up information on our books. When you follow an author through the app, you will be notified via email of upcoming author events and new releases. You can also browse romance books […]

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