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Animals and books…

I did a panel a few months back about animals in fiction…or something like that. It was a surprisingly full room with surprisingly lively interaction between panel and attendees. But then again, maybe it wasn’t surprising. We humans as a rule are quite geeky about our animals. And animals are a...

When I was little…

Over the past five or so years I’ve found myself saying this…anyone else? I feel all dirty and cliche when I do, but seriously, it is darn funny how we (humans) can find something to complain about no matter how NOT bad things are. So, when my kids whine “I’m hot.”...

Happy Decoration Day…

I grew up in southern Missouri and Decoration Day was one of my favorite holidays. Never heard of it? Maybe you call it Memorial Day. Technically today at least, Decoration Day might not be held ON Memorial Day, but it’s right around there and the sentiment is the same. So, what is Decoration Day?...

When books arrive

Something people ask me a lot in interviews is how it feels to see your book on the shelf or to get the first copy. Do I celebrate? Things like that. My answer is usually that I don’t. I toasted when I made my first sale, and I’m darn happy every time I make a new one, but I don’t do...

You can’t force the process…relax and enjoy it.

This has been my in-between week. I finished a project last week, including revisions. I have three deadlines between now and November, but I’ve carefully charted each project on my handy calendar and am as confident as I can be that I can make all three deadlines. Which is good, because you really do...

Kat Von D signing

Saturday was the Kat Von D signing at Barnes and Noble. I got there about a half an hour before the emails I’d received from both B&N and Booktour.com said it was going to start. And it was already a full house. Apparently, they started handing out wristbands–that’s right,...

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