Monday, June 28, 2010


Fireflies in December received the Christy Award for First Novel Saturday evening in St. Louis... and yes, I'm still absorbing it!

The dessert reception, keynoted by Lisa Samson, was a wonderful evening filled with incredibly talented writers. I'm still coming down to earth, but I'll post more details when I do!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wanted: One Lost Idea

I'm officially in writer's limbo, hanging precariously between my last book and the one I figure is supposed to be languishing in my brain until it gets its own turn to jump onto a Word document. And yet, I can't seem to find any of it - the characters, the setting, the plot lines. Who knows... maybe they escaped the asylum of my busy mind and are running around town as we speak. But trust me, no matter what the circumstances are surrounding my next book, I'm thinking about it.

And thinking, and thinking...

I go to sleep thinking about it, I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it, I watch TV thinking about it. I'm like a broken record! (If you're younger than me, don't make this worse by asking what a record is)

So then it occurred to me... maybe I'm over thinking this.

Ya think?!

After all, I'm not a writer who comes up with plot lines ahead of time; I write on the go, letting the story come to life as I type. I've even had people ask me for advice on what to do to discover their story, and I've often said something to the effect of, "just sit down with your characters and setting and let it all develop as you write." Then when push came to shove, I blanked on my own advice.

But now it's come rushing back to me, and it's time for me to settle in and just do what I do, knowing that the words will eventually come.


In the meantime, I'll be hanging around at my computer most days seeing if any ideas land on the screen.

And if you see any of them running around town, send them my way.