Hello! This poor blog gets neglected when I’m busy. That said, I’m still out and about blogging at other sites. If you’d like to catch up on my thoughts, quirks, and happenings over the last six–no, seven!–months, you can search the following blogs for my posts: InkSpot, a place for mystery, mayhem, writing, and life… Read More The Last Six Months in Pictures
I love writing crime fiction, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I falter before writing police procedural scenes. Part of the fun of reading mysteries, of course, is to delve into the “whodunnit” aspect of the story. Interestingly, in reading and in writing, I’ve found that I don’t care about the who as much as… Read More The Goats of Lahinch: A Lesson in Novel Research
Yes, I’m that excited about my cover, ready to celebrate it and all things KILMOON. Not only that, my website relaunched this week AND The Debutante Ball, the group blog for debut(ante) authors, relaunched too. You’ll see me there every Friday. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about the inspirations for KILMOON. Please visit! Check out my… Read More MY BOOK COVER | Plus Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway
(Read more about the novel here: KILMOON) Yep, that’s me: debuting novelist! I’ve been debuting myself in my imagination for years, so it’s strange to be here with a baby book on its way through a gestation cycle — editing, and interior design, and cover design. Exciting! My authorial cycle is just as hectic. Here’s… Read More GOOD NEWS | I’m Officially a Debuting Novelist
Wow, 1:30 p.m. and I just realized it’s St. Patrick’s Day. There’s no reason I ought to remember except that I’m part O’Brien and those O’Briens like to spread around their Catholic guilt — even within my heathen veins. Interestingly enough, I’m emmersed in all things Irish at this moment. I’m swimming in mist and rain, in gloom and dreariness.… Read More Almost Forgot St. Paddy
The write-what-you-know maxim never appealed to me. I’m a student at heart. I like research. So, when an Irish friend blew through town a few weeks back, I eagerly prepared myself to take full advantage of his good nature. My list of questions wasn’t exhaustive, just a few odds and ends from the first draft.… Read More Never Mind “Write What You Know”
Saturday night I found myself at Kell’s Pub with a writer-friend named Bonnie. She was in town for a night, and we caught up on our gossip and writerly doings in the midst of partying 20-somethings. We’d originally met on the Maui Writers Conference circuit, and, speaking of St. Patrick and all good things Irish, we roomed together during an Irish… Read More A Guinness? Please!
I should be writing today’s allotment of novel pages by now, but I’ve decided to test this blog, my fledgling effort. In truth, I’m procrastinating, which is silly because I know exactly what needs to happen in the current scene. The scene takes place in a fictional village in County Clare, Ireland. It will be… Read More Testing: Am I Live?