Editing: Approaching the Light

October 5, 2017 by - 4 Comments

Writing a novel is sometimes like walking down a long, dark hallway with a brilliant light at the end of it. Today I feel empty. While editing this new novel, I took my longest walk to get to the end. I’m not saying the book is profound or important, only that writing it is always …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Stone Angels

May 24, 2017 by - 3 Comments

  What does a writer do the day after she sells her latest book to a publisher? Why, she gets back to work, of course. I just finished drafting a 10K word gothic story. (No, I didn’t do it all in a day this time!) The title is Stone Angels. At least it is for now…I actually wrote …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Marble Inspiration

May 16, 2017 by - 2 Comments

  Earlier this winter I visited the Cincinnati Art Museum–one of my favorite museums–with my son. These sculptures are the inspiration for the as-yet-unnamed Southern gothic short story I’m finishing up right now. I could have looked at these all day.                             …Read More

The D-Word

May 10, 2017 by - 7 Comments

    I’ve never seen a dead person who wasn’t already embalmed and funeral-ready. The idea of being right there in the presence of a fresh corpse terrifies me. (I’m not crazy about open-casket visitations, either.) In fact, just thinking about writing about real-life corpses sent me running for a bag of potato chips, and I spent the …Read More