I Love Holland! Going to the Netherlands isn't exactly visiting a foreign country and it isn't exactly going home. It is both foreign and familiar. I'm sure part of it is that my husband was born and raised in The Netherlands. He was twenty-five years old...

  When a writing prompt changed everything. Last night, at my writing club, we used this prompt: Imagine looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist. What details stand out that make you empathize with him or her?  1. I thought of this picture I'm knee deep writing my next book,...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...

The Magic of Memoir in my life. Months and months ago, I met Brooke Warner, C0-founder of She Writes Press, and Linda Joy Meyers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers. They were putting together an anthology and doing a contest. They said, "Send us an...

I've been Sleuthing Around lately. You might say snooping, ferreting, digging. My days are spent with my head in a book, a movie, some old documents, letters. But it's not as dreary as it sounds. It's kind of Sherlock-Holmes-ish. I always did love a good...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...