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ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE WRITING, I love research. Every time I sit down to write a new Logan McKenna novel—actually, long before that, when the story first starts stirring—obscure bits of knowledge or experiences pop into my head that spark story elements, plot...read more
EVERY SPRING THE EARTH RENEWS HERSELF and we humans celebrate in many ways. Whether you'll be dancing around the May pole, enjoying Easter Sunday dinner or sharing Passover with relatives and friends, I hope Spring 2019 brings you an opportunity to refresh and renew....read more
SWITCHING FROM TRADITIONAL to Self-Publishing? Why would anyone do that, you ask? Well, as hard as it is to believe, more than a few authors are ditching their publisher and either completely self publishing their books, or partner publishing with someone experienced...read more
RESEARCH IS THE GARDEN from which our stories grow. How much do you appreciate good research? I love learning new things, so the authors I enjoy generally bring something to the table for me to gnaw on - spiritually, intellectually, personally. If you're a writer, how...read more
COME JOIN THE FUN! If you're going to be in town Saturday, November 10th, be sure and stop by. I'll have autographed copies of my new book, VANISHING DAY: Logan Book 4, which won't officially be released until November 20th! Grab one for yourself for a little holiday...read more
FACEBOOK HAS ITS ISSUES, but sometimes I see great stuff on there. Take the 10-Day book cover challenge. Every day, you post the cover of a well-loved book that had an impact on your life, and of course, invite someone else to do the same. No explanations! Here are...read more
MID-MORNING WRITING BREAKS are always fun this time of year. Whales are out in force this week! Every day I see at least 8 to 10 cruising past the rocks, hanging out and snacking in the kelp beds. Beautiful creatures. Just knowing they're there makes me happy. I have...read more
WHILE DOING RESEARCH FOR LOGAN BOOK 5, I managed to snag a spot in the last Shop at the Dock event of the summer in Newport, OR. The 90-minute walking tour teaches locals and tourists alike about the fisheries, boats, and what to look for when selecting fresh fish....read more
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY makes Jill a dull girl, so I look forward to playing with my new best bud, Finn, our 7-month-old English Cream Golden Retriever. He is such a delight. It took me forever to name him, but when our grandson Sawyer was born on the same day, Finn for...read more
EVER WONDER HOW YOUR WRITING COMPARES to famous authors? Whether you are a working author, or someone who would like to be, who wouldn't want to know how they measured up to Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, Arthur Conan Doyle, Norman Mailer, or W....read more