About Me

28 July 2013

I finally decided an update was in order. The two novels I originally talked about have been shelved, at least for the foreseeable future. They just aren’t good enough for publication, no matter how much I love them as-is. Now, a new character has sneaked up on me and has pulled my writing in another direction. And she’s challenging me to write a real novel that grabs readers beyond this audience of one. Can I do it? That remains to be seen. But the journey continues.


I was born and raised in northern Illinois, not far from Chicago, but just beyond the suburbs and thus far enough away to be considered “downstate” (or “corn country”) by people in that city. I led a fairly typical Midwestern life until a job opportunity for my husband brought us to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, in 2005.

Wow, what a change that was! I never dreamed I’d love the city so much. And I never would’ve imagined the creative spark that followed. But here I am, working on two novels and their sequels.

By part-time day, I’m an archaeologist and planner with an engineering and environmental firm. By evening (and part-time day), my behind is in a chair and I’m working on those novels. Someday (sooner rather than later), I hope to update this page to reflect their publication.

31 October 2011

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    • The most common advice I hear for new writers is to read. Read the classics. Read popular bestsellers. Read books that sound interesting. And then study them to see what you enjoy—and don’t—about the writing. There are some very good books that well-known authors have written for new writers. Even if you aren’t a Stephen King fan, his book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” is excellent. “Bird by Bird” by Anne LaMott is another one. A book that provides more “nuts and bolts” of what goes into a good story is “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks.

      And even before you read some of those helpful books—write. Write some more. Repeat. It won’t all be good. But we have to practice writing just as we would with a musical instrument or a new sport. And remember to have fun with it!

      I hope this helps!


  1. Nice to meet you! Awesome blog, so welll organized. And it helps us writers to grow as a community. Thanks for your Like on my blog!


    • Thank you and so nice to meet you, too! I think you and your four fellow writers have a great blog idea. Sharing the writing adventure with others makes the journey far more interesting and entertaining.


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  3. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts. 😀


  4. Thanks for putting my book in the new release section of your blog! 🙂 The first time I saw it I was grinning and giggling. Totally made my week!


    • Aw, you’re welcome, Kourtney! I enjoy spreading the word about my blog buddies’ books. 🙂 And I promise I will get you the “Saturday Sit Down” questions this weekend!


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    • Thank you for the follow and the award! Since I have more than 200 followers, I should respectfully decline. I will, however, answer your questions in a forthcoming post, so please stay tuned. 😉


  6. Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I do hope that you continue to enjoy the posts.
    Bravo in the novels, published or not! It is an amazing accomplishment. I have been procrastinating for years! Since my degrees are all in Psychology and I worked in the field, co-workers and professors would often insist that I write about my life. As childhood’s go, it was rather dark. I just don’t want to dwell or go back to that time. They insist that it would be helpful to clients/patients. I’m so happy for the first time in my life, I would rather stay where I am than return to the depths of hell. Yet, the psychologist in me, tends to put the client first…
    As the French say, c’est la vie!
    If you want to witness a bit of the journey (my experiences and those of people I have worked with) there are related poems in the earlier parts of my other blog. It is, for the most part, poetry. As for the requested “memoir” I just don’t know. For the first time in my life, I am having TOO much fun!
    If you want to check out that blog: http://poetryphotosandmusingsohmy.wordpress.com
    Bon courage et bonne chance!


    • When it comes to writing, I prefer to follow where the Muse leads me. If that means incorporating some of my experiences into a character, that’s fine. But if I tried to force myself to write a certain way or a certain piece, I don’t think I would succeed. Some people find writing about their pasts to be cathartic, and that’s great if it works for them. But nothing “works” for everyone, so I’d say follow your heart and instincts when it comes to writing.

      I found your “Found in France” blog through Sheila Hurst’s recent post. I haven’t been there since high school, but some day I’d like to make a return trip. I have a cousin who at times teaches some of his university courses there, taking a number of students with him. Not surprisingly, he loves the country. Maybe the next time he does that, my husband and I should schedule a trip!

      I look forward to perusing more of your posts!


  7. I’ve never known an archeologist before. I’m very impressed!

    You’ve got inner strength to shelve your books, that they’re not good enough. Yet I can’t help but wonder are you SURE?? ! Perhaps get a professional view? Either way, good luck 🙂


    • Thank you for stopping by! Alas, those two manuscripts have been through thorough critiques. And while parts were good, there were some major issues that I couldn’t resolve and keep the stories “as is.” Recently, though, I did finally get some ideas for fixes. And so I’ve started rebuilding Death Out of Time. Time will tell if I’ve got it right this time… 🙂


    • Thanks for the link, Vanessa. That is a great post, and Meghan would definitely work to track down those answers, too. Sadly, the old records that Audra could access don’t always survive in institutional settings. Sometimes there were accidents (like a fire), but other times, people simply didn’t care or think they were important to keep around anymore. It’s rather sad when you think about it.


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