From Keyboard to Editor

In a previous blog post, I discussed how I come up with book ideas and form them into a coherent plot. Once the writing of a book is done, I am still some distance from getting it turned in to my publisher.

As with book plotting, I work with a small group, which I call […]

Take Violet on Vacation

I know you’re a reader and that often means you’re reading anywhere, whenever your time permits. (I do this, too.) I want to see where you take Violet Harper on vacation over the coming months. So, I’m asking a teeny favor, share your photos with me.

Show me where you can be found reading […]

The Plot Thickens

I am frequently asked, “How do you come up with the ideas for your books?”

The short answer is, “I work with a great team.”

But here’s the longer answer:

I always start with some germ of an idea. For the LADY OF ASHES books, I might decide the book will dwell on some aspect […]

Writing Woes and Klondike Bars

One of the most common questions I am ever asked is: What motivates your writing? My answer: Deadlines.

The second most common question is: How many words do you write each day? My answer: ????

I’m never quite sure how to answer this one, because my writing process can be very wonky. In fact, it’s […]

Destination Gettysburg!

Over Halloween weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Gettysburg Battlefield Books & Collectibles for a signing. You might think, “What does Violet Harper, Undertaker Extraordinaire, have to do with a hallowed Civil War battlefield site?”

Well, many of the mourning customs practiced in Great Britain were also practiced in America, and in no greater […]

How I Write

I am often asked how I go about writing my books. The most common three questions are:

How do you come up with your ideas? How did you get the idea to write about a Victorian undertaker in the first place? What is your daily writing routine?

I use the same general idea process for […]