Blog & Updates

GIVING – A Holiday Tradition

In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, 100 percent of my royalties from The Long Dance Home will be donated to The Mar Vista Gardens Steppers, a non-profit dance program located in a public housing development in Los Angeles. In addition to dance instruction, Steppers […]


As NANOWRI winds down, it’s time for you to amp it up! With only a few days left in November, planning, time-management, and motivation are what will get you to the finish line. Here are three things you must AVOID!


It’s Nanowrimo, and time is precious. You’re on a deadline,  scrambling to write fifty thousand words. Don’t worry. I’ll make it fast . . .




Where have all the Readers Gone?

Reading is one of life’s greatest joys, but fewer and fewer of us are reading for pleasure these days.

Peek into a Writer’s Life

A PEEK INTO A WRITER’S LIFE When readers read a wonderful story or book, the words flow seamlessly. The plot unfolds, the characters come to life, and the sequence of events makes perfect sense. Readers should never stop and think “Wait, this makes no sense,” […]

When Tables Turn


I am four years old. My mother has taken me grocery shopping, one of my favorite outings. As we roam the aisles, I traipse behind her, watching her read labels, check prices, and place items in the cart. I ask for cookies and treats, but she says no. I am distracted and don’t notice her rounding the corner. When I look up, she’s gone.

Sex? I Can Do That

“More sex,” he said. I was having coffee with an old friend, a publicist, who had offered advice on book promotion. I hadn’t expected “sex” to be on the agenda, but he was the expert, so I went with it. And he was, after all, […]


A short short story that will take you back to those awkward teen years: “Come on, it’ll be fun. Besides, you’ve had a crush on Patrick since third grade.” “No I haven’t.” “It’s not a big deal, everyone knows.” “He doesn’t,” I argued. “Oh, I think […]

Why Writing from Home Won’t Work

You would think that working from home is a writer’s dream. Going into the “office” any time of day, wearing pajamas or sweats (or whatever), sipping coffee or tea (or whatever), locating your workspace anywhere you want, ideally in front of a picture window that looks out over a forest thick with trees and birds and romping deer, as the IMG_0065sun rises (or sets) and one’s imagination runs free and stories spring forth and flow like a river of melting snow . . .

Yeah, right . . . (more…)

Favorite Books

Whenever I speak to a book club or at an event, somebody usually asks me about my favorite books and authors. Here are a few: First book that comes to mind is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon. I almost never read […]