Breathing Life into a Character

(This is a continuation of handouts that I recently distributed at a writing seminar.) –a part of us is in every character –who are we called to write about? (Could be someone in our life, could be someone we see in a news report, someone in a dream/imagination) QUESTIONS...

TULO TUESDAY: Without One Toe, But Still Trouble

Tulo is recovering nicely from his toe amputation. He’s still a bundle of energy, which probably means that he’s in less pain than before. The cone and bandage stay on for another 10 days. Both of us can’t wait until it’s off....

Running a Writing Workshop

I’m posting a series of handouts that I’ve prepared for past writing seminars. Here’s one on forming a writing workshop. A workshop can help you to be accountable to other writers and regularly produce pages. Naomi’s Guidelines for Running a Writing Workshop Determine goals and purpose with first the...

Tulo Tuesday: Love Before Surgery

Yes, this baby getting some surgery this week. He’ll lose a toe to possibly save his life. I think that he will adjust. Please think good thoughts and pray for him this Friday.  ...

How to Find an Agent

I’ll be speaking to the Stanford Club of Pasadena and the Stanford Professional Women this Sunday on the topic, Writing and Publishing in a Text(ing) World. For more information, go here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=31478 I’ll be distributing a number of handouts. Here’s one of them: How to Find an Agent (updated...

How to Sell Diverse Books

With the Oscar nominations and in our mystery genre, the Edgar announcement to come in a few days, observers are fixated on awards. But the older I get in the publishing industry, the more I’ve become fixated on sales. There have been campaigns notably in the children’s literature to...

TULO TUESDAY: The Wait Will Soon Be Over!

Tulo has been waiting patiently for the release of these two books: Scott Kikkawa’s KONA WINDS, a mystery set in 1950s Hawai’i, will be out this week, while Margaret Dilloway’s new middle-grade book featuring my favorite–improv–will be released in June!...

Soho Crime to Publish Chicago Historical Mystery

The book contract is signed, so the official announcement is out: CLARK & DIVISION, my historical mystery set in 1944 Chicago, will be released by Soho Crime next year. Thrilled! I’m still working on the novel, so stay tuned for posts regarding research. If you subscribed to my newsletter,...

Weight Loss and Writing

Writing is not conducive to weight loss. In fact, being such a sedentary active, often fueled by one too many jalapeño potato chip, See’s molasses chip or bottle of sweet tea, it can lead to the weight gain. I’ve always been an active person–in the past, I’ve run in...