If you want to read more about me and my first book, Baker's Dozen, this is a really nice interview with interesting questions edited by Bree from BooksThatMakeYou.com. Thank you Bree! (Click the picture.)
· What makes your book a must-read? If you enjoy a good mystery, can appreciate an old fashioned bakery and get a kick out of San Francisco or have always wanted to visit, “Baker’s Dozen” is for you. · What is something interesting/cool/unbelievable you discovered while researching your book? For opera buffs, before the 1983 Fall season, there were no English supertitles at the San Francisco Opera. La Traviata, was the opera that popularized the practice. (Hint: there are sup
When I first started pitching ideas for television shows, I found that if you couldn't write a log line that described the show in a line or two, you didn't have a show. That same principle applies to writing an outline for a novel. Writing an outline is helpful in so many ways. The most important one is to figure out the purpose for the scene. Each scene moves the plot forward and can reveal a character’s motivation. I didn’t have an outline for my first book, “Baker’s Dozen
I love my neck. I know Nora Ephron was half joking when she wrote the opposite as the title of her book, “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” but there was also the other half that wasn’t joking. The part that was true. I’m sure she did hate her neck. And in her wonderfully funny and right-on way, Ephron wrote about the dilemma of getting older and coming to terms with the changes that accompany aging. When I was young and nubile and a beautiful wo
When I finally made it to college in the 90s, Mills offered a study abroad program (I’m sure they still do). So, with no art experience, I studied painting and drawing in Aix en Provence, France for a semester. It was a life-changing experience. We painted in Venice and Paris. We stood with our easles in the same lavender fields as Van Gogh and drew the same Mont Sainte-Victoire as Cezanne. That’s a long story to get to the point. I also took photographs of statues in churche
Surprise! This is my favorite time of year. Sweaters. Halloween. Golden leaves. Clear skies and cool weather. Socks! Here’s my book in Full Fall Splendor. Thank you to my cousin Joanne Hannaman for the gorgeous pix of Lexi at Loveland Lake in Loveland, Colorado. I just can't write Loveland enough.