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December 3, 2019

Like a lot of people, I have concerns about a variety of issues. But because I’m a novelist, I get to weave the issues I’m worried about into the books I write. My distress about climate change, for instance, led me to write The Shade Ring Trilogy. In The Shade Ring, A...

October 27, 2019

When I was a kid, my family lived in Japan and later, on the Japanese island of Okinawa where my Army dad was stationed.

While living in Japan, when my brother, sister and I were little, we were exposed to Japanese language, songs and a few customs from the loving Japan...

September 25, 2019

This month I'm re-running one of my most popular blog posts.

What if your grandfather never met your grandmother?  That’s easy – you wouldn’t exist.  What if your grandfather died in an accident and your grandmother moved back to where she came from?  Then the whole fam...

August 25, 2019

Multi-genre authors. What’s that, you say? Well, some authors write only one kind of novel, (mysteries, maybe,) but others write books that fall into different genres. My friend and fellow indie author Michael Gardner is a great example of a multi-genre author. And he’...

July 25, 2019

My next time travel novel is set in Atlanta in 1918. America has entered WW1 and women are stepping into previously all-male jobs. It was a time of growing freedom for women who would finally get the right to vote the following year. Here’s a (fictional) account of wha...

June 25, 2019

Would you pay to watch Connie the Contortionist? If you were an average American in 1918, chances are the answer to that question would be ‘yes!’ Because Vaudeville was at the peak of its popularity, filling seats in theaters where audiences paid good money to watch tr...

May 25, 2019

In early 1900s Atlanta, street traffic included trolleys, automobiles, horse-drawn wagons and lots and lots of pedestrians who crossed the street wherever and whenever they pleased. While we may have faster traffic now, (unless there’s gridlock,) the streets of Atlanta...

April 23, 2019

I played tennis when I was younger. So I find it fascinating as I do research for my next time travel novel what women wore in the past on the court. Can you imagine rushing the net in a full-length dress? Doing a power serve with tights on and a skirt hugging your ank...

March 30, 2019

It’s always exciting when I begin doing research for a new novel. I have to find out information on the setting, the culture, the styles – all kinds of things. And that, in and of itself, is a fascinating journey.

My next novel will be another time travel story, partly...

February 28, 2019

Do you ever feel like there are different incarnations of yourself? I do. Because the Connie I am now is not the Connie I was when I was younger. But which incarnation is the real me?

Is it the 8-year-old version, filled with boundless energy, absorbing everything aroun...

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