Literary Event Challenge

I’ll be going through a bit of withdrawal this weekend. It’s the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Literary Festival and for the first time in years, I won’t be there. Attending this wonderful two-day event was something I did with my daughters,...

Great Summer Reads

This weekend kicks off the start of summer with the opening of neighborhood swimming pools, Memorial Day parades, and celebrations like the World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison. Summer is also the perfect time to relax at the beach, at an outdoor cafe, or in a...

A Proper Flogging

There’s a terrific website for writers called Writer Unboxed which includes articles on the craft and business of fiction written by bestselling authors and industry experts. Their newsletter is great, too. The highlight for me is a regular column by Ray Rhamey...

Pitch Perfect

Last Saturday at Madison’s Concourse Hotel during UW-Madison Writers’ Institute, Bill Conner and I pitched our creative non-fiction book Abbey’s Ride for Life – The Bike Ride That Saved 240,000 Lives, Plus 1. If you’ve ever had a job...

My Amazing New Book Project

I belong to an incredible group of women writers called Writers Must Eat! In addition to gathering every other month for lunch, we have a terrific Facebook page that lists resources, upcoming events, and marketing and networking opportunities. It was through the...

I Goofed

I reference music throughout my books because readers can immediately identify with the tunes and the melodies establish moods which add essential elements to the setting. Additionally, when I wrote Carpe Diem, Illinois, musical ringtones were popular so I included...