Favorite Line Fridays

"But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums." Liane Moriarty, WHAT ALICE FORGOT Ahhhh...this quote has so many meanings. There is the obvious and how it applies to our lives and our children's lives: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat...Is life always as amazing as it appears?  Why do we judge someone's …

Favorite Line Fridays

"I'm just saying there are threads, okay? Threads in our lives. You pull one, and everything else gets affected." Dennis Lehane, MYSTIC RIVER Reading these words gives me the chills. Why? Because the truth in them applies to everyone--no matter who you are. Because it doesn't matter whether you are embroiled in a murder case …

Favorite Line Fridays

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW …

Favorite Line Fridays

"Can you believe the weather?...Actually, I CAN believe the weather. What I can't believe is that I'm actually having a conversation about the weather." Maria Semple, WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE This is a book I loved and I am seriously looking forward to seeing the movie version with Cate Blanchett. It's not often that I …

Favorite Line Fridays

"Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family." Don Corleone from Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER I don't know if there is a book with more intrigue, more drama, and more action all packed into one volume than this one. Even if you …

Talking About (the many) Pathways to Publication

Last weekend, the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime and a local library put on an event that was geared toward writers looking to get published. I was thrilled to be on the panel that spoke and answered questions. Of course, I know my own story, but what was interesting to me was how …