Category Archives: Conversations on Reading and Writing

Laughter – A Gift To Readers and Writers And Everyone In Between, in memory of my son, Alan

  Laughter goes a long way to heal the body and soul. As a writer I’ve experienced laughter’s wonderful gift in real life events and in fictional movies and books.     Did you know that the Cancer Center of … Continue reading

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Humor – What’s Your Favorite Kind to Read or Write

There’s an old saying that says “life is stranger than fiction” and this holds true with humor too. I think we’ve all been in a ridiculous situation that when we relay it to friends it sounds like we’re embellishing it … Continue reading

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Setting Descriptions That Don’t Sound Like Travel Logs

If not done correctly setting descriptions read like a travel log for Travel R Us. I used to hate describing anything, especially settings. Fortunately my crit group set me straight on a few facts. One of the first things I … Continue reading

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Which Comes First, the Character or the Plot?

The question in the title is like asking, which comes first, the chicken or the egg. And yet readers always ask, how do you choose your characters and where do your story ideas/plots come from? Every writer will answer differently. … Continue reading

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Writing In Living Color – With Great Color Lists

Recently someone mentioned they’d read this blog elsewhere and lost the file on their computer. Since this blog hasn’t been posted on my website, I decided to share it again. Enjoy the color lists at the end of this blog. … Continue reading

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How To Fell A Timberman Is Now Available on Amazon

I’m so happy to announce that How To Fell A Timberman is now on sale at Amazon. Here’s a little about this first book in The Bjornsons series with an excerpt. The logging environs of the Pacific Northwest lured young … Continue reading

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Tall Tales and Why I Write Historicals

  The most asked reader question is: Where do you get your ideas? The second most asked question is: Why do you write what you write? My very very basic answer to both questions? Growing up with my grandparents was … Continue reading

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The Zany Process of Choosing a Pen Name

Every step in researching, writing, publishing and marketing books has frustrations, some lesser than others. Even choosing a pen name can have its zany frustrations. When I wrote my first book, the publisher told me I couldn’t use my last … Continue reading

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What Is It About Summer Reads?

For the most part I divide my reading into two basic categories. Summer Reads and Winter Reads. I think of winter reads as fireside books. You know the ones. They are perfect for curling up in a big chair where … Continue reading

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A Book Cover for How To Fell A Timberman

  Hi everyone. I’ve neglected blogging lately but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! First, there was the preparation for a trip to Singapore for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday, then the trip itself. Our good friends from Thailand joined … Continue reading

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