A little trumpet fanfare, please …

I've hit it—the 100-books-sold mark for my novel, CAIRNAERIE. I am elated and enormously grateful for all those friends and acquaintances who have read it and shared it and reviewed it on Facebook and Goodreads. For a writer, having your work appreciated—even loved—is the epitome of success. Now begins the real work of finding new readers …

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Favorite beginnings, endings, and the stuff between …

I love to read and I am always drawn to beautiful writing. Most every book has something good about it, something that I can remark about. Those that don't, well, I generally don't finish reading them. But that's not often. Usually, like most savvy readers, I choose carefully, and once I get into a book, …

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Where CAIRNAERIE came from …

For Christmas some two decades ago, a good friend gave me a book. It was a popular novel at the time by a bestselling author. I read it over the holidays. I hated it. And I remember thinking, "I can do better." Driving home after visiting relatives that weekend, I saw a small sign—the name …

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A few words or more … about writing

Writing is a craft every bit as much as woodworking or painting or knitting. It requires one to learn the basic techniques and then move beyond to the nuances and subtleties. To begin to master the craft. Yet writing cannot be mastered, at least in the same way that woodworking or sewing might be mastered. …

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And then there is churning…

I am what is called a "defeated perfectionist." As opposed to an full-throated perfectionist—a perfectionist's perfectionist—I can live with imperfection. It galls me, of course, as it does all perfectionists, but I've learned to sigh loudly and get on with things. I realize that nothing is perfect short of God. Certainly, there are no perfect …

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I’ve always wanted to write a novel….

How many times have I heard this? How many times have you said it? As one who has finally done it (CAIRNAERIE), I can tell you, it's not as hard as it seems. You just put words on paper, organize them the way you like, find some honest friends willing to give you helpful feedback, …

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