In the trenches

Happy Valentine's Day! This month has been a blur of winter weather headaches. Days off school for cold, snow, holidays, and teacher institute days have thrown me for a loop. In typical fashion, I bought a bunch of Valentine's Day "things" (cards, candy, table decor) at the end of January and then forgot all about … Continue reading In the trenches

Deep winter and the practice of persistence

My husband refers to January and February as deep winter. In our neighborhood, the first day back to school after the holiday break is the unofficial end of holiday lights. We live far enough north that the sun rises an hour after I wake and sets so early I confuse 6pm with midnight. To be … Continue reading Deep winter and the practice of persistence

What I’m up to (so far this year) #amwriting #amediting #romancebooks

Good morning! I realized I never set any sort of public goal for myself. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have caught my 2019 word of the year: Focus. My goal for 2019 is to focus on the projects and people I love. Sounds easy enough, right? I'm currently working with … Continue reading What I’m up to (so far this year) #amwriting #amediting #romancebooks

My kind of town

  A Perfect Picture of Us is set in my adopted hometown, Chicago. Most people expect a sweet romance story to take place in a small town. I love big cities and building a tight-knit community of supporting characters can happen no matter the locale. A few of my favorite places were featured in the … Continue reading My kind of town

How I fared in 2018 #amwriting

At the beginning of 2018, I started keeping track of the words I write each day. One big takeaway from the project is how easy it is to write when you make it a habit. But during the weeks (and eek! months) my schedule was off-track, I had a difficult time getting back to writing. … Continue reading How I fared in 2018 #amwriting

Merry Christmas!

Opening presents on Christmas morning 1988. Stopping in real quick to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! I love Christmas. It was my favorite holiday as a child and as the grown-up in charge, I love it even more! Between the cookie baking, carol singing, watching friends perform (in The Nutcracker and Elf … Continue reading Merry Christmas!