“There’s a monster in all of us…”

I love historical romances with a paranormal twist—Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Thea Harrison and Karen Marie Moning (although not really historical) and Game of Thrones. One characteristic I enjoy—and have happily adopted—is the use of historical detail to construct my fictional world. In The Darkness of Dreams we’re introduced to the Calata, the ruling group […]

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Yes… The Casa Della Farfalla is real

Don’t you love locations… I see locations as characters and they play a supporting role because… every story has to take place somewhere. In The Darkness of Dreams, the Italian villa known as the Casa Della Farfalla ( House of the Butterflies) plays an important role, both in Lexi’s past life as Gemma, and in […]

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Writing: The gap between

There are times when I wonder why I write.  I used to paint, obsessively. I did so for twenty years. I think my lowest point—caught in the worst of the obsession—was when I ignored Thanksgiving dinner for hours because I had to get one gesture right and the paint wasn’t cooperating. This is what painting […]

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Using Research to Get Past Writer’s Block

I love telling stories that sweep around the world to exotic locations.  I can indulge my fantasies about travel — an ancestor of mine traveled across the Sahara by car when she was a young woman, unmarried, and I’ve always envied her spirited zest for life.  Perhaps that’s why I became a writer.  I can […]

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Finding Ideas

I’ve been asked often — where do you find your ideas? Well, I’m not really sure, they sort form out of the magic ether… Okay, it was a serious question and it deserves a somewhat serious answer.  I don’t always know where the ideas come from, other than some arrive pretty confident about who they […]

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