Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Hooked on Hozier

I wasn’t looking for a muse – but I found one. I stumbled upon an unusual You Tube clip. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier (creator of the massive hit ‘Take Me to Church’ & powerful video) was performing in a small club in Paris. He didn’t realize that tucked into the audience were choir members who intended to present him with a unique gift. The … Continue reading Hooked on Hozier

Suggestions from Susan Elizabeth Phillips

At the RWA National Conference this year in San Antonio,Texas I was pleased to attend a session by author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She is a New York Times bestseller and a three-time RITA winner. Her goal was to demonstrate how to give your characters depth and dimension. The room was packed and I was pleased to … Continue reading Suggestions from Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“The Lady Writers of the RWA.”

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind experience at the 2014 National Conference of the RWA, held this year in San Antonio, Texas. On more than one occasion, staff of the hotel  would comment “Are you a lady writer? We love the lady writers!” The city was tidy and greener than I expected and the locals were friendly … Continue reading “The Lady Writers of the RWA.”

You know when you’re a writer when …

There’s a magnificent view out twenty-foot windows, but your gaze is locked onto your computer screen It’s time for a shower, but you must unravel a plot thread. Emptying the dishwasher you ponder a character’s personality type. The conversation drifts towards editing  and you’re fixated on every word. You examine techniques to create compelling conflicts. You’re in the company of nine other authors who are … Continue reading You know when you’re a writer when …

The Dream of a ‘Forever’ Mother.

What happens to a child when a mother exits a marriage and disappears? This theme of abandonment and loss haunted me as I read true-life anecdotes as well as fictional stories about girls who lost their mothers. These are some of the issues that I wanted to explore in LITTLE WHITE CASTLES (A Novella) Book #4 in The Girlfriends Series  available on and  … Continue reading The Dream of a ‘Forever’ Mother.

Books that make you pause: In Childhood

I’ve had a chance to reflect on books that made an impact on me when I was a young reader. They are: 1. The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett 2. The Catcher in the Rye -J.D. Salinger 3. Nine Stories -J.D. Salinger 4. Of Human Bondage-W. Somerset Maughan 5. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee I pondered … Continue reading Books that make you pause: In Childhood

Names, Names, Names

When I first started writing fiction I decided that I needed to have a pseudonym. Why? I’m not too sure. I simply wanted to invent a name. So I chose ‘Joan Morgan’. Joan was my name at birth and Morgan was a strong name, that I liked. So Joan Morgan I became. During my teen … Continue reading Names, Names, Names

Change the Brain

Last week I was slogging through the mud, wrestling with my manuscript. I was stuck in the quick-sand of my brain. Nothing was working! Oh joy! A way out! The bushman suggested we leave our camping spot and head to a Bluegrass Festival close by. And why not? Sometimes leaving the ‘work’ temporarily is a very fine option. Immediately … Continue reading Change the Brain