Destiny’s Promise

My new book, Destiny’s Promise will be coming out within the next couple of months. It was a project I loved and hated at the same time. I loved the story and the characters, even the antagonist, Disa. She was a character I enjoyed creating, not just as the bad guy, but a complex individual. I loved writing Carina and Randolf’s story and their love that spanned over two lifetimes.

It was a great experience expanding Randolf’s character, going from a secondary character to the hero of his own story. If you read my other two books, Randolf powers will surprise you. Carina is the woman I always wanted to be. Her independence and compassion is compelling. Over two lifetimes the tether of love could not be broken between the two of them, despite Disa’s vow to separate their souls and banish them to desolation.

As I said, I hated this book at the same time. In my mind I knew the beginning and the end and all the events in between, but it was the details that had to get them from one scene to another that was a challenge. I kept thinking, “How do I get from here to there?” and I spent a great deal of time playing every scenario that would make it work. As a writer, wouldn’t it be nice to know everything, from beginning to end including all the details in between. I envy the writer who can breeze through it effortlessly.

Don’t get me wrong I love my stories. My head would explode if I didn’t get them written down, I just had a love, hate relationship with this story, but I persevered and made it one of my best projects.

I can’t continue without saying my husband worked with me side by side editing this book. He challenged me to dig deeper into the characters and plot. I grew angry with him sometimes, telling him, “I can’t,” but he always said, “you can.” I was exhausted at the end of each night after answering the really tough questions. I can’t tell you how much his input helped me as a writer, and for that I will always be grateful.

For you writers out there, do you sometimes love and hate you work?

On Commitment

I just sent out the third book in my Love Conquers All Trilogy, titled Destiny’s Promise. It was a lesson in commitment. Once I received my deadline I was determined to get it done. I spent an unbelievable amount of time working on this project. I missed a lot of things, such as spending time with the kids and grandkids, watching television, or reading someone else’s work.

My husband was there with me all along. He got a crash course in romance novels. He read, edited, and asked very good questions about my characters, and plot. He kept me focused and on track. I couldn’t have asked for a better critique partner. He was as committed as I was.

I also kept my family informed about what I was doing. I’m sure they don’t understand what it takes to get a book out but they supported me, with a “Good job, mom!” when I reached a milestone.

Everyone says that writing is a lonely endeavor, like a marathon runner setting his own pace. You keep picturing you goal and crossing the finish line. All marathon runners stay focused. That is commitment. You push through the pain and you get there. This has to be the same for a writer. See your goal and focus on the finish line.

Have you made your goals and do you see the finish line?

On Using Social Media

I spent the weekend with my critique friends, NANCY GIDEON, DANA CORBIT NUSSIO, AND LAURIE KUNA. I learned that I know nothing about social media. They taught me about Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads, Pinterest, linking with other authors, and so much more. I feel like my head is going to explode! I’m sure some of it leaked out.

Let me tell you, there are a lot of things to do. On my maiden voyage, I learned the basics of what I needed, such as:

On Writing

What I've discovered is that no matter how long you've been writing, or how many times you've been published, there are always opportunities to learn and improve. Such as where to put the comas, when you're getting wordy, and whether or not your work flows. I'm sure even the best of them have to slash their manuscripts with a virtual machete. Even with this blog I had to go over it several times to make sure it was right.


Hello everyone,

For those of you who have visited my website before, welcome back. For those who are visiting for the first time, welcome. I moved from Westmont, IL back to my home in Grand Rapids to be closer to my children and grand children. Going from a busy suburb in Chicago to a suburb of Grand Rapids is quite the culture shock. Things are quieter, and people are more patient.