Why I love Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes on #Elementary

Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller portray Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes on Elementary.

It’s no secret that I have a deep and abiding love for flawed, damaged characters. However, creating the perfect flawed characters invites flirtation with risk. Such characters tread a perilous line between likability and utter loathing. For instance, at one … Continue reading

Writers Who Write the Ordinary Woman Extraordinarily

I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

This month our theme is writer crushes. The truth is that I don’t have a bonafide writer crush. Not in the sense of there being a single writer whose work I inhale, faster than she can write the words. Instead, … Continue reading

Character Profiles and Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory

Photo courtesy of Reno Tahoe.

I’m about 12,000 words into the first book of my new series and I feel like I’ve hit a wall. Fortunately, I know exactly why. It isn’t because I’ve lost interest in the story, or because there isn’t enough conflict … Continue reading

Creating a New Small Town Series — @ReeseRyanWrites

Wrightsville Beach Panorama. Photo courtesy of Brian Leon. Some rights reserved.

Usually, when the monthly email arrives with the topic of the month, I hem and haw, wondering how to best approach the topic. This time, I actually squealed with glee. I get to kick off the Contemporary Romance Cafe topic … Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Holiday Edition — @ReeseRyanWrites

Hot Christmas Nights Cover

Recently the idea for a friends-to-lovers story that centers around New Year’s popped in my head. It was too late to pursue the novella for this year’s holiday season, but I’ll have a great headstart on next season. (Assuming I … Continue reading

My Quest to Tame the Monkey Mind and Find Focus

Tried to Be Good Shirt available on eBay.

Last week our resident authors and guests shared stories of inspiration. We talked about what inspires us to write; how we find inspiration for stories in general and what prompted us to write specific stories. Many of us confessed in … Continue reading

Publication is a Journey, Not a Destination

Happiness is a Journey, Not a Destination

I remember the first time I saw one of those bumper stickers that proclaimed: Happiness is a journey, not a destination. I thought it was kind of hippy trippy, but then again, at my core, so was I. Though I … Continue reading