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 […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Mary Coley

I met Mary Coley years ago at one of William Bernhardt’s week-long Writing Workshops. We clicked immediately. Mary is a vivacious writer who’s passionate about her books. She has several published mysteries and was kind […]

Coping with the Pain of Loss

Looking Back I’ve attended two funerals this week, one day after another. I was not close to the women who died, but knew and loved their descendants well. At both funerals I was struck by […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Gregg Luke

I met Gregg Luke at the Johnson County Library Writers Conference in Kansas City this fall when he taught a fabulous class titled Writing White-Knuckled Suspense.  The class lived up to its name. In fact, Gregg […]

Top Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Sea (and no, it’s not to drown them)

Who doesn’t love the sea? With its crashing waves, salt spray in the air, gulls crying overhead, the sea is a smorgasborg for the senses, and that’s even before you dip a toe inside. Family trips […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Jennifer McMurrain

I’ve met a lot of great writers over the past few years, warm, wonderful people who are willing to encourage others. They have so much to offer, both in terms of technique and inspiration. I’ve interviewed quite […]