My Novel Inspiration: My answer to the often asked question of how and/or why I got started writing.
Why I'm Indie - And Proud Of It: My reasons for being independently published.
Learning From Fiction: My answer to the question, "What would you like readers to take away from your books?"
Maintaining Sanity: I was asked "What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? The question cracked me up. This is my reply.
The Stories Behind The Novels: On this page, I share the inspiration behind my novels - No Justice and Beyond Salvation and Into The Light.
Short Stories Unveiled: The inspiration behind Quiet Fury: An Anthology of Suspense, and some of the stories within.
Violence In Fiction: Sharing my thoughts on the need for - and the limits of - violence in fiction.
My Biggest Supporter: I was asked 'Who was your biggest supporter while writing your book?', and this is my reply.
Pieces of Me: I give away a few secrets about bits of me hiding in my fiction.
Murder As Entertainment: My ruminations on why I write suspense.
Writing Is Like: My thoughts on what writing is like for me.
Lyrical Inspiration: Songs and lyrics that remind me of one of my novels and certain characters within them.
Why I Write Suspense: In April 2011, aobibliophile named me Mistress of Suspense. I love that title! As part of that honor, I was asked to be a guest on his blog and talk about why I write suspense. This is what I shared that day.
Does Size Matter?: Thoughts on our preferences for particular book lengths and the word count restrictions placed on authors.
Secrets and Obsessions: An overview of the science and psychology behind keeping secrets.
Secrets and Health: An overview of how keeping secrets effects our physical and psychological health.
Slang Over The Decades: A look at each generation's favorite slang words and phrases.
Don't Call Me That!: A fun look at the history of nicknames. You might find yours here.
The Power of Words: A blog post I did on the things we say and write and why they matter more than we sometimes think.
Books In Flames: A brief history of book burning as a method of banning books and controlling what people read.
Modern Day Executioners: A look at the people who carry out the death penalty.
Burned Alive: An overview of the practice of burning people alive as a form of capital punishment. (PDF file)
Female Sex Offenders: An overview of female sex offenders and their treatment within our justice system. (PDF file)
The History of Lie Detection: A look back at the creation and evolution of our lie detector machine. (PDF file)
Beheading and The Guillotine: The history of beheading as capital punishment and the invention of the guillotine. (PDF file)
Human Trafficking: Lives Bought and Sold: A brief examination of the facts behind human trafficking. (PDF file)
Crucifixion: A History: Article on crucifixion as a form of capital punishment, from early times through modern times. (PDF file)
Death By A Thousand Cuts: A brief look at the gruesome practice of cutting as a form of capital punishment. (PDF file)
The History of Alcatraz: A glimpse at the history of one of the most famous U.S. prisons. (PDF file)
Mental Illness In The Prison System: Thoughts and facts about our current practice of locking away the mentally ill in prisons. (PDF file)
On A Personal Note:
Spirits and Butterflies: A true story of an experience I had with a family member's approaching death.
Fleeting Thoughts: I have late-stage, chronic Lyme disease and it wreaks havoc with my memory, among other things. I wrote this one day as a way to deal with my frustration with continually losing my train of thought.
Photographs and Memories: My experiences with memory loss due to advanced Lyme disease.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome: My experience with this odd syndrome.
Alone: This is a poem. I used to write a lot of poetry, most of it horrible teen angst stuff that I keep hidden away in a bottom drawer no one but me looks in. Alone is the last poem I wrote, many years ago, back in 1997.