Category Archives: WRITING
Time travel is great, but how about the ability to split yourself and be several places at once? I’ve been guest blogging to get the word out about Shimmer, and today I’m over with mystery writer Kassandra Lamb and the rest of the gang at Misterio Press. They asked me to write about Conner Prairie itself – the living history park that was the inspiration for Through the Shimmer of Time. And as a bonus for you, I even included some of the mistakes I almost made! I felt like I was splitting myself when, at almost the same time, the uber-creative Coleen Patrick hosted my dilemma over just how much creativity I can really claim. I thought it was Blog Stop #3, but gee, let’s go back and count. No, it was #4, which means I’ve done . . . hmm, I’m not sure my brain has the energy to … Continue reading
For the second stop on my Shimmer of Time blog tour, I’m talking to a time travel agent about the possibilities of booking a trip to the when of my dreams! So many choices – where and when do I want to go? And where would YOU want to go? Hop on over to The Perils of Pauline to discover my favorite time travel trips, and to tell us about your own. Or come back here and leave your dream trip in my comments! And in the meantime, great news! Through the Shimmer of Time popped up to #6 in one of its Kindle categories yesterday, and even made the top 100 in ALL time travel books, including umpteen versions of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and all the Magic Tree House books.
I have two new shiny things to distract you today! Well, make that one shiny and one a bit dingy. And if you get this in your email, you’ll have to click the title – the pictures only show up on the blog. The best new shiny is the official cover reveal for Through the Shimmer of Time. I’m thrilled with it, and with my cover designer, Melinda VanLone, of Book Cover Corner. The cover design comes with its own story. Because I wanted my cover characters to be the right age, and because of the 1830s period (the Civil War era would have been much easier), stock photography sites didn’t have anything we could use. So guess who turned photographer? I found two awesome young people who were very willing to be part of my book journey, set my trustworthy old Canon on “sport” so the shutter speed was … Continue reading
I promised big news in my last blog post, so here goes: my middle grade novel, Through the Shimmer of Time, will be released in exactly one month! Can you see me jumping up and down? Are you jumping up and down with me? Squee! So here’s the back blurb: A mysterious pottery shard . . . A haunted cabin . . . A shadowy stranger . . . And no way home Present Day: Jim has a talent for getting into trouble. Grounded from his model rockets, he goes exploring where he shouldn’t and gets zapped back in time. Can he find the way back home again or is he marooned in the past? 1838: Hannah’s life in her frontier village is filled with a little play and a lot of hard work. A seemingly harmless trick lures a strange, dazed boy from the old … Continue reading
This spring, as friends realized I was in my final semester, I was bombarded with “What are you going to do with your degree?” And with an English degree in particular, it’s a perpetual question, especially for the younger generation who have to justify why they aren’t majoring in something that leads directly to a particular career. (Although sitting nicely in our rows of black caps and gowns, watching Master’s candidates receive their hoods, three of us writing friends pondered a worse question: “What do you do with a Philosophy degree?”) My answer is always “Write, of course!” But I’ve been writing for 30 years, writing seriously for the last 15. What’s different now? I like to say I’ll be putting on my professional writer’s hat. Not just write when I feel like it, or write a little each day, or work on a short story to submit, or write … Continue reading