How to Craft Killer Scenes – 10 Essential Tools

Sometimes reading can be dead boring. We’ve all been there, wondering why in the world someone recommended a book that makes us want to gouge our eyes out. Sure there’s a great underlying story or some […]

The Bold Truth of Fairy Tale Families

Everyone wants to have a fairy tale family. The smiles, the glitter, the happy, happy ending. But when you stop for a moment and examine fairy tales, even the oh-so-happy Disney brand, fairy tale families […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Danyelle Ferguson

I met Danyelle Ferguson at the Johnson County Library writers’ conference last year, where she taught a fabulous class on how to use music to inspire creativity. Her many books are evidence of her enthusiasm […]

Writing on the Fly at Middle Grade Minded

These days authors write everywhere, in the park, at doctors offices, even poolside. In my latest post at Middle Grade Minded I explore the perks of writing wherever and whenever you can. Check out my tips to […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Ann Christine Fell

Ann Christine Fell writes powerful, moving literature. Her memoir, In the Shadow of the Wind, is widely read in book clubs and serves as a beacon of inspiration amid harrowing trials. Her novel, Sundrop Sonata […]

What is a Dream World and Why You Should Want One

Dream worlds can be super-cool, super-scary, or just plain strange. They commonly pop up in sci-fi and fantasy stories as a plot device created for specific purposes that can only be met through that world. […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Christine Taylor-Butler

  Christine Taylor-Butler knows what it takes to succeed. As the award-winning author of more than 75 children’s books, she’s created a meaningful body of work through her consistent efforts and determination. Her passion for writing and […]

Building Family, One Memory at a Time

This summer we held a family reunion at Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (Rocky Point, for non-Spanish speakers). The night before we left, we decided to take one last dip in the ocean. The night was dark, […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt has created a writing and teaching empire. He has more than 40 published books and holds writing workshops around the country. I met him at a conference a few years back and have attended two […]

Fun Tips for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. Coastal cottages, castles, rainbows, and leprechauns (squeak!). What more could anyone want? Oh yeah…NO SNAKES. Due to its island geography, Ireland is a snake-free country. Wow. Unfortunately, a trip […]