Today I was so excited to get a copy of the York Weekly newspaper that my husband and I braved the ice and snow and rode down to the York Hannaford to pick it up before work. After I ascertained that the article did, in fact, run this week (there was a photo of me and of … Continue reading Humble


I won NaNoWriMo 2016!!

So, this was not my first NaNoRodeo, as many of you loyal readers already know. This was my 7th consecutive NaNo win. I am so proud! I don't always know what I will be writing, but this year I did. I almost never write an outline prior to starting, but this year I did. I … Continue reading I won NaNoWriMo 2016!!

Top 10 tips (I think!) for having successful author reading

As I mentioned in my prior blog post, there is a definite learning curve to this whole 'promoting your book' thing. The biggest lesson I've learned is this: assume nothing! (Remember Felix Unger's lesson on what happens when you ASSUME?!). Anyway, here are what I think are the top 10 tips (in no particular order) for … Continue reading Top 10 tips (I think!) for having successful author reading

Stevie Nicks in Boston

I saw The Pretenders and Stevie Nicks at the TD Boston Garden this week. The Pretenders opening for Stevie Nicks? OMG. A.MAZ.ING. I saw Stevie Nicks once before, when I was in my extremely early 20's (or maybe even late teens). It was by accident. I was at a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert, … Continue reading Stevie Nicks in Boston

Blog Identity Crisis

I've been experimenting with different looks for my blog, which some of you will (of course) have noticed. I actually spent a lot of time setting it to look 'more professional', with my author presence dominating the show. As my husband is always telling me, "Focus!" Here's the thing, though. I have to reinterpret what … Continue reading Blog Identity Crisis

The BRAVE Interview #4 November 2016: Kristen Conley Leighton

Hello and welcome to the next in the series of The BRAVE Interviews! It’s the Who, What, When, Where, How,  (and sometimes Why) of YOUR ‘one brave thing’! Welcome to Interview #4 with Kristen Conley Leighton! WHO are you? Share whatever you want to about yourself personally. Wow, so we’re starting with the hardest question!  Most … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #4 November 2016: Kristen Conley Leighton

Jodi Picoult at the Music Hall

My friend Deb and I went to see Jodi Picoult read from her new book, Small Great Things. After she read, she was interviewed by Virginia from New Hampshire Public Radio. What was good: Jodi's reading of an excerpt of her book was dramatic and entertaining. It was definitely a performance worth hearing. Being able … Continue reading Jodi Picoult at the Music Hall

Meet the (Maine!) Author: Mary Lawrence

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the well-known author of The Alchemist's Daughter when she gave a talk at the Kennebunk Library. Who knew Mary Lawrence lived in Maine? I first noticed Mary's book because of the cover, once again proving the rule: The cover sells the book. This is the first book in a series called The … Continue reading Meet the (Maine!) Author: Mary Lawrence

My first TV interview: Be My Guest

When I participated in the New England Authors Expo, I met Jan Lewis. She subsequently invited me to be a guest on her show, Be My Guest. This was my first TV interview since I became a published author. Okay, my first one ever. Anyway, My husband came with me for the two hour road … Continue reading My first TV interview: Be My Guest

I caved

Okay, fine; so I caved. When I first published my book, I was cocky. I did it! I wrote it! I put it out there and let other people read it! Guess what? Other people have opinions. Some of which I don't like. Especially about the F word. Does an F word by any other … Continue reading I caved