April 1, 2019


I am writing my first novel and have a question about dialogue. I am finding conflicting advice

about the use of ‘said.’ Some say that’s all you should use, others say change it up with other

synonyms of the word said. Which is correct?


Excellent question...

July 1, 2018

While writing Death at the Day Lily Café, the second in the Rosalie Hart mystery series, I spent endless hours in my kitchen testing recipes for the café’s menu and daily specials. It wasn’t unusual for me to answer the door with a dusting of flour on my clothes or, on...

June 1, 2018

            The pub date for Death at the Day Lily Café was just a few months away and the promoting strategy was in full swing. This being the second in my mystery series, I had learned a lot with the first, Murder at...

May 1, 2018

            In Murder at Barclay Meadow, after retreating to her late Aunt Charlotte’s farmhouse to recover from learning of her husband’s affair, Rosalie Hart discovers a yellowed recipe card. Charlotte’s five grain br...

April 3, 2018

            Death at the Day Lily Cafe, the second in the Rosalie Hart mystery series, begins with Rosalie celebrating the grand opening of her new restaurant. The café is buzzing with activity on their first day and Ro...

March 13, 2018

            Last spring, at Malice Domestic, I was on an author panel entitled: Murder on the Menu. I shared the floor with three other cozy writers who had a food theme in their mystery series. They were all smart and funny and professional and I was honored to be inc...

March 9, 2017

How a character takes over your keyboard and thus, your story.   

            Most authors plot out their books before they sit down to write. I respect that. I really do. But what I have learned is it’s often a waste of time. Because ultimately, the character...

February 20, 2017

I’m on my third bread machine. They are one of the greatest yet most unappreciated inventions ever made. Okay, maybe I got carried away with the superlatives, but I have a point.

 In Murder at Barclay Meadow, the first of the Rosalie Hart mystery series, I share Aunt C...

January 9, 2017

Although I write mystery, I’m an eclectic reader. I love a tale well told in any genre. And beautiful writing stimulates my own creative drive. In the past year I’ve read some fabulous novels, such as The Goldfinch, All the Light We Cannot See, even a reread of The Poi...

December 7, 2016

One day in Miss Haver’s fourth grade class, I decided I was going to live in the State of Maryland when I grew up. We were studying the fifty states and their capitals and I had become enamored with Maryland’s flag. It was the coolest flag I’d ever seen.


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