Sunland Village Arts & Crafts Show



011 013 What a wonderful Arts and Crafts Show my community hosted yesterday! Here are a couple of mystery readers who purchased Clipped!. Thanks to friends, Marilyn, Cindy, Gary and Tom who came by to say hello, too! You’re all the best! I hope to hear comments on this site from those terrific folks who bought the book…anything at all, good or bad!

Dreamland Villa Arts & Crafts Fair Was A Dream

Dreamland Arts & Crafts Dreamland SisWhat a terrific day I had at the Dreamland Villa Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 7th. I meant so many great people and signed copies of Clipped! for many of them. And it was wonderful to see what a creative community of artists displaying their jewelry, artwork and all sorts of marvelous items we have in our midst!

Dreamland Villa Arts & Crafts Fair

Hey all,

Dreamland Villa will host its Arts & Crafts Fair next Saturday, November 7th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Hall, 6159 E University in Mesa, AZ. I’m looking forward to seeing the marvelous wares at all the wonderful booths, as well as signing copies of Clipped!

Ready, Set, Write! Conference a Huge Success!

008 Brock Booher did a fantastic job of presenting a class, as well as facilitating the Q&A Panel at the end of the Conference yesterday. My hat is off to Stephanie Foster, the Event Planner at the Mesa Public Library, as well as Randy Lindsay, Sharie Mickle and all the marvelous presenters! The participants had a lot of super good questions for the panel. I particularly liked the one about how to market our books. I didn’t have a great come back for that one, just that it’s a steep learning curve, but a necessary evil!


Ready, Set, Write! Author Mini-Conference

Saturday, October 24th, the City of Mesa Library will host the Ready, Set, Write! Author Mini-Conference at the Red Mountain Branch, 65 North Power Road, Mesa AZ 85205. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come learn how to create an intriguing and marketable story concept, develop story plot, fashion engaging characters and write entertaining dialogue. November is National Novel Writing Month and participants will receive the tools they need to take part in NaNoWriMo and accomplish 50,000 words. The event will wrap up with a panel of published writers, including yours truly, where participants can ask questions about the writing and publishing industry. Please register on the Events Calendar at

Writing Can Be Exhausting

004 Writing can be exhausting, even for my muse, Cassie! Her pillow is Charles Finch’s historical novel “The Laws of Murder,” set in London in the late 1800’s. This is my first time delving into Finch’s work. So far, I’m very impressed.

A Favorite Quote

Leslie Gordon Barnard said: “Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.”

What a challenge for me! Sometimes I feel I know my characters so very well, but other times I struggle with making them real. Barnard’s statement helps me remember how important it is to the reader to really feel she/he knows the characters in a story!

Upcoming Book Signing

Todd Wethington, Event Coordinator for Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange, has been kind enough to schedule another book signing for Clipped! next Saturday, October 3rd, from 2 to 4 p.m. The address is 1056 South Country Club, Mesa AZ 85210. You will love this store! Not only does it have a wonderful array of books, but also games, music, videos, etc. I would love to see you there and hear about what you’ve been reading lately!

Upsides to the Writing Life

Supposedly, one of the upsides to the writing life is that when the muse fails, there are always more mundane tasks to do, like:

  1. Deciding whom to include on the Acknowledgements page of my next novel. Who will be miffed if I forget him/her? And if I do forget, will that person ever speak to me again? Would that be a bad thing? 🙂
  2. Contact, or, is often the case for me, re-contact (or, nag, if you will) Event Coordinators to set up book signings.
  3. Create fliers for scheduled book signings…for those with artistic ability, an enjoyable activity. For me, digging graves would be a more successful endeavor.

Hmm. Maybe, it’s easier to just buckle down and write something.