(Not So) Famous First Lines

Really, just my first lines. Because I’m curious to see the progression of them over time. First lines are pretty important. They’re often referred to in writing as “the hook.” That is, they need to grab the reader. So I began to wonder: Do mine do that? The World Ends at Five and Other Stories…

WIPjoy #13

From your antagonist: what’s your deepest regret? Hmm. Let me ask Richard, since he’s the most antagonistic of the characters in Faebourne. Richard: I would not say I regret anything. Perhaps . . . Perhaps I am a little bit sorry I never gave Edward and Adelia more opportunity to venture out in the world.…

Why Write Regency?

Today I’m on the BooksChatter site with a guest post about my love of Regency romance novels and what finally prompted me to write one. While you’re there, you can enter to win that $15 gift card. This is the penultimate tour stop, so your chances are running out! Be sure to stop by!

WIPjoy #12

Yes, yes, I’m still slowly making my way through this list. Share a line from the MC about food. Duncan doesn’t talk about food (at least not so far), but he does think about it. And then as though from thin air a footman appeared at Duncan’s elbow to set a heaping plate before him.…

Lessons by the Foot

Someone mentioned the other day that I was taking the whole broken foot thing rather well. I had to stop and think that over. And I guess I feel very fortunate, really. I’m lucky in that I have good health care, for example. I’ve been through times when I didn’t, so I can certainly appreciate…

Help! Which Organizations Should I Join?

Writing is a solitary endeavor a lot of the time, which is why I find it important to have a critique group and attend conferences—basically, to be around other writers. We need that support, and honestly, I also enjoy giving that encouragement to others. This isn’t some recent thing. Writers have been gathering for centuries.…

Q&A and Review

Today I’m over at Eskie Mama answering a few questions about how I deal with writer’s block and what inspires me. Check it out and enter to win that $15 gift card! AND . . . I’ve received a lovely review of Brynnde on Nancy Fraser’s site. There’s another Q&A there, too, and yet more…

Foot Saga

So last December, I injured my right foot. It’s a stupid story; basically, I was coming in from taking out the trash, and I moved to block the cat from trying to get out the door, slipped on the threshold, and hurt my foot. It was evening, we propped my leg up and iced my…