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More on Cora’s name

Filed in Writing Life by on March 13, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1605
More on Cora’s name

I wanted Cora’s name to be simple, sweet, and classic without being too frilly. Cora worked–but I first thought of it because of what her role in the story is. Coral was regarded for centuries as being a cure against sickness or poison. People used to make teething toys for babies out of coral because […]

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Why Bridge to Terabithia sucks

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Why Bridge to Terabithia sucks

When I was in school, everyone had to read Bridge to Terabithia.  It was about a girl who shared a vivid dream world with her friend, who soon dies in a freak accident in their favorite place to play.  As a result, the girl learns that dreams are for children, and it’s time to grow […]

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Naming the friends: Lisette and Geoff

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Naming the friends: Lisette and Geoff

Lisette’s name came easily.  I wanted a romantic heroine kind of name for her, lovely and unusual.  Geoff, too, was fairly straightforward.  I needed a golden boy, light to Dorian’s dark, so an upper-crust, clean cut sort of name stood out. Christine and Chelsea, along with Hollee, Sabrina, and the rest, all came spontaneously as […]

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Vampires have cool sunglasses. Of course.

Filed in Writing Life by on March 9, 2014 4 Comments • views: 11312
Vampires have cool sunglasses.  Of course.

Dorian Thorne is, of course, absurdly rich, and has been for centuries, and so he buys designer clothes and decor reflexively.  I had to decide what designers he would be likely to buy.  Hes neither edgy nor fashion-forward–despite the fact that everything in his house is done in exquisitely good taste, it’s mainly because he’s […]

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Confession: I hate naming characters

Filed in Writing Life by on March 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1136
Confession:  I hate naming characters

It’s always incredibly hard for me to name my characters.  I usually have to break in names because nothing seems to fit at first. Cora’s first name was surprisingly easy.  I wanted something short, sweet, feminine but not frilly, and a little old fashioned but not at all snobbish.  It needed to be a down-to-earth […]

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Is Komi a real place?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 7, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1094
Is Komi a real place?

Why, yes, it is.  The restaurant featured in the novel is right here.  It’s as expensive and exclusive as was reported–and, of course, it really is a prix fixe menu, and all the menu items have been served there at one time or another! Have I eaten there?  Um.  No. Do I want to?  It […]

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Cora lives in the South Campus Commons at UMD

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Cora lives in the South Campus Commons at UMD

Ever wonder what Cora’s unnamed campus apartments are in the paranormal romance Life Blood?  They’re the South Campus Commons at UMD.  This is her apartment:

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Help, please!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 4, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1089
Help, please!

I’m not getting any comments yet, but I can see that a growing number of people are visiting my site.  Thank you! If you could take a moment of your time, I need a bit of help to get Amazon to lower the price of Life Blood to free to match that at Smashwords. If […]

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Want to see what Dorian Thorne’s chauffeur drives?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 4, 2014 0 Comments • views: 3787
Want to see what Dorian Thorne’s chauffeur drives?

Oh, yes, he does.

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Friday night, I looked at my stats at Smashwords and Amazon. And I started to cry.

Filed in Writing Life by on March 3, 2014 4 Comments • views: 3060
Friday night, I looked at my stats at Smashwords and Amazon. And I started to cry.

The last several years have been incredibly tough for me as an author. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who has downloaded my book so far. A part of me had begun to believe that no one really wanted what I had to offer. Thank you so much for proving […]

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