January 24, 2011
While I love to read historical novels, I've only written one, a novella. (Had it been a full-length historical, I'd still be asking for extensions on my deadline!) The only thing that experience accomplished was to convince me I'd best stick to writing contemporary. Why? Oh, let me count the ways...
My first sentence of my first draft of "Circle of Blessings"––set in 1864 in the Dakota Territory––read something like this:
Heather Bradford grabbed her handbag from the credenza in the parlor and stepped out onto the back deck, panning the horizon.
My fingers paused on the keyboard. Was a purse actually...
July 26, 2010
Book: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Movie: Children of a Lesser God
TV series: Without a Trace
Coffee drink: White Chocolate Mocha
Candy: Coffee Nips or Gobstoppers
Snack: Kettle corn
Game: Mexican Train Dominoes
December 18, 2009
A recipe that's become a Christmas tradition in my family is Jewel Cookies. Some might think the recipe gets its name from the colorful egg yolk paint or frosting, but in fact, these cookies are named after a sweet neighbor from my childhood (to whom I dedicated my novel A Nest of Sparrows). Though Jewel and her husband, Don, had no children of their own, Jewel used to invite all the kids from our little farming community to "paint" and decorate cookies at her farmhouse every Christmas. After Don and Jewel moved into town, my sister and her family moved into their farmhouse, and my sister continued the tradition for her children and mine. Jewel often...