I started my first novel as a gift for a friend. I’d had a close-knit group of girlfriends who were all into reading and writing, but one in particular had fallen in love with romance fiction and was bound and determined to get me to write. I penned the prologue for what would become Contentment… Continue reading Margaret’s muse
Started a new day job this week. I won’t get into the boring details, but I didn’t like the direction my career was taking with my old company, so after twelve years, I had to make the leap. I was explaining to a few of my non-writer friends that I don’t think I would have… Continue reading Watch out! Margaret is mixing it up again!
Writing can be a lonely job. We spend a lot of times in our heads, listening to people who don’t really exist, and hurdling obstacles in single-minded pursuit of that happily ever after. Then, when the writing is done, we not only have to send our baby out into the world, but shout from… Continue reading Thinking inside the box when it comes to promo
When I was younger, I was a big roller coaster fan. My brother and I used to spend a day at Six Flags doing nothing but running from one coaster to the next. When my kids hit the daredevil stage, I was right there in line with them, willing and able to ride the tallest,… Continue reading Thrilled, but vaguely nauseous. Thanks for asking….
As writers we dedicate a good deal of time to honing our skills. I don’t know any author who doesn’t seek to improve and grow in the craft. But sometimes I think we place a little too much emphasis on technique and not enough on instinct. You see, I’m a pantser. I wrote my first… Continue reading Embracing my inner pantser
There’s a blank page staring me in the face. It isn’t that I don’t have plenty of ideas. I have an entire Evernote workbook stuffed full of bunnies. And a few of those ideas are fairly well outlined. There are some fairly large blocks of dialogue and scene synopses in that file. I have all… Continue reading Drawing a blank
Like many writers, I find music inspirational, but it wasn’t until I was reworking my playlists that I realized how much of a role music plays in my writing. Here are a few lines from song that have been an inspiration to me. “I can see it in your eyes that you despise the same… Continue reading The Sound of Inspiration