Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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

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 or 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 … Continue reading The Girlfriends Series-Little White Pills-Book #2