Well, here we are. It's the middle of August and school is threatening to start. Or is it? This time it's weird. My kids are going back to school, but at home, but they'll be in school. Plus, they are both moving up into new schools (omg I have a middle schooler and a high … Continue reading So this is Back to School
Recently, foodie influencer Alison Roman gave an interview to The New Consumer that can only be described as a “shit show.” While talking about her own Zen-like journey into fame, she performed an epic racially tone-deaf (I’m being kind) take down of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, calling them sellouts while she remains pure as … Continue reading The Myth of Success
COVID-19 is here. We are in the thick of it in Maryland. Our governor has just announced we will be at home and schools will be closed until May 15th. I highly doubt that, come May 16th, we will be free to join crowds, hug strangers, and go back to our favorite restaurants. I think … Continue reading In the Midst of COVID
Today I reached a major milestone. Something I wrote has been published in the Washington Post. It was a short piece. 100 words or less defining motherhood. Out of who knows how many submissions mine and nine others were selected to run in the Style section under the On Parenting heading. You can read it … Continue reading I’m in the Washington freakin’ Post!!
This is part of a two piece series I did for a Positive Parenting Conference. It is FREE from May 22nd until May 26th. All the speakers are amazing and have really learned a lot about how to help my children become successful, happy, and intelligent adults. It is well worth your time. 10 Simple … Continue reading 10 Simple Tools from Parenting and Psychology Experts that will Make You a Better Parent
I feel like I’m about to be loaded into a cannon. Launch day (pun not intended, but completely embraced) is just 18 days away. My walls are covered with gigantic, easel paper sized post-it notes which, in turn, look like they’ve been shotgunned with traditionally-sized post-it notes. Each note has tasks to complete before either … Continue reading 18 Days to Launch
Y’all! One of you won my Preorder Giveaway for Her Dying Day! You wanna know who it is? First, please note that my children drew this name. On Mother’s Day. Unwillingly. “Hey, get in here!” “Why?” “I need you to draw a name?” “For what?” “Does it matter? It’s Mother’s Day and I’m asking you … Continue reading Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!
As many of you know, I not only write mysteries, I also write parenting advice articles. I guess it was a natural journey. What bigger mystery is there than parenting?Deciding to write a book--really write a book and get an agent and get it published--was one of the scariest things I'd ever done. But I … Continue reading How Following My Dream Made Me a Better Parent
Y'all, March did not go like I hoped. I had intended to send out a newsletter last week and do a blog post, but here we are. In the last days of the month as March continues to make up its mind as to whether or not it’s going to let spring arrive. I, for … Continue reading Y’all March Did Not Go Like I Hoped
I used to scorn romance novels. Until I read one. WOW. They were not what I was expecting. Well, I mean, they were kind of what I was expecting. But they were also so very much more. I decided to give one a try after I'd heard an interview with a romance author on a … Continue reading Valentine’s Day is Over, but Romance is Year-Round
Wow, 2022 has come in smacking everyone six ways from Sunday, hasn't it. Snow, extremely cold temperatures for the East Coast, and I think everyday has see a celebrity that was an integral part of my childhood dead. Also, I'm "slimming" so I'm steadily working my way through a tub of salad greens and have … Continue reading My Word for 2022
There are many words I could use to describe 2021. Fraught. Joyous. Ulcer-inducing. Satisfying. Awful. Perfect. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. However, I'm writing today about my Word of the Year. It's a word with meanings and qualities I'd like to focus on or have as goals fro … Continue reading Word for 2021
Everyone has a writer or an aspiring writer in their life. I was that person for my family for the last few years. Thoughtful writer gifts can help to lift the cloud of imposter syndrome that hangs over the heads of every writer who is struggling to get published. (For a little while anyway.) As … Continue reading Gifts for the Writers in Your Life
You. Guys. I was on a podcast. Not just any podcast, but a podcast I've been listening to since I first decided I wanted to take this whole "writing thing" seriously. The #AmWriting Podcast with KJ Dell'Antonia, Jessica Lahey, and Sarina Bowen. The hosts are successful writers in their own right in different genres of … Continue reading I was on the #AmWriting Podcast
Scroll down for a first look at the cover for Her Dying Day! Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has high hopes for her first documentary, the true story of the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin. June learned about the vanishing at age fourteen, locked down on her family’s isolated commune. Now, the deeper she … Continue reading COVER REVEAL! HER DYING DAY!