Some writers can fire off a beautiful first draft. It seems to spring forth from their brains, and fingers, fully formed and gorgeous. Me? Not so much.
My first drafts are a mess. They’re chaos. They’re borderline illiterate in places. Half the time I’m making little notes and comments to myself, about stuff I want to remember for a given scene, or emotions I want to express at a particular spot.… Read the rest
I just sent the final copyedits for my latest book back to my editor, so I find myself with a little breathing room again. What to do? Ooh, I know…
I’ve been wanting to create a book club kit for A BEAUTIFUL HEIST
for a while. But I thought–why not go beyond merely providing discussion questions? Let’s take this up a notch.… Read the rest
I haven’t always been a morning person. But when various factors collided (specifically, getting a book contract to produce three novels in three years
, coupled with the fact that quitting my day job was not an option…mostly because my children had grown rather accustomed to eating food on a regular basis) I had to come up with a new plan
.… Read the rest
I grew up in Ontario but moved to the west coast ten years ago. Winter for me here in British Columbia, well…let’s face it: it’s not really winter. Still, I like the excuse to indulge in a cozy winter cocktail or two. In my books
, my heroine is a cocktail lover, big-time. Me, I usually prefer wine, but I do like to mix it up from time to time (whoops–see what I did there?).… Read the rest
Reviewing the highlights of my year has become an annual tradition for me
(like many of you), so here goes. When I think back on 2013, this is what stands out for me:
My first novel
was published! *happy dance*
I finished writing my second novel
. (And it’s all set for release in June 2014.)
I had the privilege of spending another year blogging for Erica Ehm’s fabulous Yummy Mummy Club.
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What to give the booklover in your life? Well, books, obviously. But what if you’re not entirely sure of their reading tastes, or which books they’ve already read? Well, how about one of these book-inspired gifts? (Clicking on the image will take you to the buy link.)
1. Jane Austen Scarf
Gorgeous words printed on luxurious fabric. What’s not to love?… Read the rest
A little while ago I sent the most recent round of revisions to my editor. Last week he sent me an email to say that everything was great, and he loved the changes I made. Yesssss.
This is a great relief. It means we’re on track for the release of my next novel, A Magnificent Crime
, in 2014.
Although some writers don’t enjoy doing revisions, I actually love them.… Read the rest
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
We’re into full-on winter now, so it’s time for some serious comfort food, am I right? Here’s one of my family’s favorite meals: sweet and sour meatballs. This recipe originally came from a 1995 Milk Calendar. Do you remember those? Yep, I was a university student when I first tried this recipe out, and I have been making it ever since.… Read the rest
I have got an excellent surprise for you today. My editor just sent me the cover image for my second book (the sequel to A BEAUTIFUL HEIST
, and book two in my Agency of Burglary & Theft series). Can you hear the excitement coming through my keyboard right now??
Until today I hadn’t even publicly disclosed the title yet, so here’s a double shot….title AND cover reveal all in one.… Read the rest
I used to finish every book I started reading. Even if I didn’t like it, even if I was bored, I would push through. I guess it was the Type A in me.
But times have changed. As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that life is too short to read something I’m not enjoying! There are too many books out there, and my TBR list is too unwieldy, to waste time like that.… Read the rest