Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Making people believe the unbelievable is not trick; it's work. ...Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for anything." —Stephen King

And Stephen King is a master at making his readers believe the unbelievable.

It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up." —Nancy Kress

Someone commented recently that researching the dark things must be terrible. She was right. It is terrible when you consider that research is based on reality.

Red Tide's research taught me about Human Remains Detection dogs and the difficult but magnificent job they do every day. In The Missings I learned about the vast number of people waiting for an organ transplant, and the fact that many of those people are removed from the list not because they received an organ, but because they died while waiting.

In The Sacrifice I learned more about Santeria than I ever wanted to know and I certainly would never want to embrace it in my private life. The book I'm working on now, tentatively titled Trafficked, deals with the horror of human trafficking. While Santeria is a choice, being trafficked is most certainly not—which makes the research that much more oppressive, frustrating, thought-provoking, and infuriating.

But here's where fiction comes in: I can make the bad guys pay. I can create a satisfactory outcome that sadly, reality just can't achieve on a regular basis. I can help a character find his or her personal strength. They don't always have to be the victim.

In fiction, I can share information that might help open others eyes as it did mine, without making readers feel completely depressed and unequipped.

And no animals are ever killed.

Just sayin'.

It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

Q: Why do you write strong female characters?

A: Because you're still asking me that question.    —Joss Whedon                                                        

I recently discovered a couple of shows with two things in common: kick-ass females and Joss Whedon. (The Dollhouse and Firefly, both streamed on my Kindle.)

Writing is a way to set wrongs right, to inspire, and to show what could be, or even better, what should be.

It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I've missed TWO Wednesdays!

Today, I'd love for you to forgive me by dropping by a new monthly gig I have at Mysteristas and commenting on the intro they did of me by way of an interview.

And I promise to get on the ball for our Wednesdays. I like 'em too.

It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth." — Gao Xingjian

I love this quote. (Happy birthday to me.)

It's all better with friends.

Friday, January 1, 2016

What I Want

Happy New Year!

Doesn't 2016 have a great ring to it?

Here's what I wish/want for each one of you:

First of all I want you to have the freedom to desire. So many, in other countries and even ours, don't. They can't imagine the option to imagine. To dream. I want that for you.

Then I want each of you to find the courage to step off the edge of the top floor of the high-rise and replace your fear with love. To trust you can knit your wings on the way down. Step out in faith.

And if that doesn't work, and you land with a splat, I want you to pick yourself up and climb those steps again. And while you walk up those steps, consider what you'll do differently this time. Failure is okay. Failure provides information that success doesn't. Which sort of means that failure is success. Use it.

I believe that each of you has a mission, a story to tell, other lives to impact. Trust the process. Trust yourself.

Be stubborn. Be focused. Be determined.

And I'll be right there wtih you.

It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Progress isn't always what we expect." — Peg Brantley

When I considered boxing up my last manuscript it felt as if I'd be taking a huge step back. Turns out,   after the deed was done, I was way ahead.

It's all better with friends.