How to remember character details without losing your mind

Many of the reviews of the books in my Alpine Grove series mention how much they enjoy reading about the town itself. One reviewer said that he felt like he could draw a map based on the books and several folks want to move there. Just as in real small towns, in the fictional town […]

Fun and a Whole Lot of Fur

As a writer, some of my favorite reviews are when readers say they literally laughed out loud at one of the scenes in my books. For example, a number of readers have commented on the scene in my first novel Chez Stinky where the main character, Kat struggles to get her cat into a kitty […]

Cover Reveal – The Luck of the Paw (Alpine Grove #9)

The latest novel in my Alpine Grove series is in revision now and should be released in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’ve been working on the cover. Because readers always want to know, The Luck of the Paw includes a shepherd mix named Gizmo and a poodle mix named Lulu. The preliminary blurb is below.  It’s […]

Mailing Books to Rescues and the Release of The Good, the Bad, and the Pugly

Those of you on my mailing list know that yesterday I released The Good, the Bad, and the Pugly the seventh book in my series of Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies. (The ebook version is on sale for .99 for a couple of more days, so get it while it’s cheap!) The Good, the Bad, and […]

Creating Animal Characters

In reviews, many readers comment that the animals in my books are characters along with the human ones. Although I don’t make the animals in my books “talk” because I loathe that concept in other books, I do make the animals behave in significantly different ways. Anyone who as ever owned a dog or a […]

Write What You Know Applies to Pets Too

Among writers, there’s an old saying that you should “write what you know.” In the case of my novel Chez Stinky, that included some of the pets I’ve known over the years. Many people have asked if the pets in the story were real. To some degree, the answer is yes. Aspects of the dog’s […]

The Cats of Chez Stinky

Cats play pivotal roles in Chez Stinky, which is a romantic comedy about a woman who inherits a house that comes with a number of furry occupants: four dogs and five cats. First off, the main character is named Kat, which is short for Katherine and not related to the fact she owns a cat. […]

Writing Dogs in Fiction

Because my Alpine Grove romantic comedy novels feature animals, particularly dogs, the editor of the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) newsletter, Sandy Murphy, asked me to write about the topic recently. Because her questions were great, I suggested we do a Q&A. So here are my answers to her questions. Are the dogs […]

What’s In That Dog Food?

One of the canine characters in my new book, Fuzzy Logic, is a Samoyed named Swoosie. Like many Samoyeds, Swoosie is an eager eater. In fact, she has a tendency to eat everything. That level of dietary indiscretion causes some issues for the humans in the book as well. Swoosie is loosely based on my […]

Two Quick Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy

In my upcoming novel (the third of my Alpine Grove romantic comedies), the main character is a veterinary technician. In the opening scene, she is dealing with a very large flatulent cat named Squiggy who is not cooperating with his examination. Although obviously, I added in some humor (my books are romantic comedies after all), […]