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Winter Newsletter and Contest

January 22, 2018

Tags: writing, contest, day of gratitude, writing retreats, Scotland, Tall Poppies, Books and Bottles

Welcome to my winter newsletter

Winter has been extreme here in the Northeast. Cooper the cat has been hugging the radiator but it is good writing weather.

Here’s what we have for you in this issue:

Day of gratitude contest
Save the date for Writing and Yoga in Scotland 2018.
Upcoming writing workshops.
And (more…)

What’s Up With The Dogs

November 3, 2017

Tags: writing, dogs, Lost & Found

Jacqueline and Major
Every time I attend a book club or read at a bookstore I am asked “Why do you include dogs in all of your books?” In fact, I didn’t include animals in my novels until my second book, 'Lost & Found' when a black Labrador with a heroic personality walked onto the stage of (more…)

Is that Place for Real?

January 28, 2016

Tags: writing, Guatemala, Atitlan, Peaks Island

When writing novels, I create characters who are fictional. It’s true that they might exhibit mannerisms that I’ve lifted from the cashier at Cumberland Farms, or a school mate from long ago. But they are imaginary people, just like Winne the Pooh or Jack Reacher.

Even imaginary characters must exist in a (more…)

One month writing in a castle

November 16, 2009

Tags: writing, fellowships, Rosslyn Chapel

Right after I decided to start a blog, I went to Scotland for a month-long writing fellowship at a castle and discovered that writing a blog was pretty hard when I had to walk for 45 minutes to get to the nearest internet. So I am back home now and promise to make up for (more…)