Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Writing Process Blog Hop

Thank you to author Lisa McManus who graciously invited me to be a participant in The Writing Process Blog Hop. Lisa can be found at www.lisamcmanus.com 1. What is my current project? I’m promoting my four Young Adult novels – The Girlfriends Series. Rachel and Steph are best buddies, but their friendship is challenged by […]

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 […]

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 Amazon.com and Amazon.ca  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Ah yes! A mini award – kind of like a random act of kindness. Out of the blue! My thanks to Lisa Lange for recommending me. Thanks Lisa – I appreciate that you considered my blog. Ah yes -the blog. Over the past month or so I transformed into some form of hermit as I polished, finessed, […]

The Girlfriends Series-Little White Pills-Book #2

My second Young Adult book in The Best Friends Forever-Girlfriends Series – Little White Pills is available on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. Whew! What a learning curve! The writing aspect is one challenge, followed by the publishing dance, with all of its complexities. LITTLE WHITE PILLS is tenth grader Steph Baxter’s story. She has it all, perfect grades, perfect looks […]

Summer Kindle Fire Give-Away

‘Little White Lies’, my first Young Adult novel, is part of Amazon’s promotional opportunity (June 1-June 15). The winner of this raffle wins a Kindle Fire HD e-reader. There is no cost to participate. Just take a look at the novels offered and scroll down the page to enter. If a book attracts you of course, then […]

Rescues

Yesterday I finished reading The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah (2004 -Ballentine Books). It was an enjoyable read, quck and easy but focused on some very heavy topics. And it made me recognize the themes that draw me into my favourite novels. I’ve decided my passion lies in ‘the rescue and the fix-up.’ That […]