Little Thrills

Often times as authors, it is the little things that come our way that make all the difference. We are not in this writing business for the money - well, yes, partly, but the raison d'être for most of us is the passion to weave words together, tell a story, create an alternate world, stir... Continue Reading →

The Vindication of Killing a Character

Distance and vindication ©FrogDiva Photography On a personal level, I go with what works for me in terms of psycho-social-emotional tools as coping mechanisms. Some days it is prayer, others it may be a day out with the camera, or even just an evening alone at home with candles and calming music. As a writer,... Continue Reading →

Falling in love all over again

... (with your lead character) One of the questions I was asked in a recent interview was how much of myself is in my lead characters. Well, in Wings At Dawn, the lead character Alexander Adler´s physical traits are modeled to a tee after a friend, his personality, however, is a combination of two people.... Continue Reading →

Thank You For Your Time!

This goes out to everyone who tuned in to The Authors Show yesterday to listen to the interview podcast. I appreciate all the messages, notes, calls and comments from the bottom of my heart. Support and appreciation are essential for every author, but particularly for emerging authors in an age when every Tom, Dick and... Continue Reading →

May Transformations

Apocalyptic endings ©FrogDiva Photography  April 2020 will go down in world history as one of the most controversial and turbulent months following WWII. This is not the time to... wait, let me stop right there and re-phrase: this is indeed the time to double back, evaluate and re-chart that course, because if you haven't been... Continue Reading →

Networking Among Characters (Part II)

A few months ago I wrote about some of my favourite research activities for characters in my books (Networking Among Characters - Part I), and where I collect different details and nuances about human behaviour. Hanging out in restaurants, cafes, malls or especially train stations are my top favourites, but none of this is possible... Continue Reading →

Write Now, Dream Later

Much as I fantasise about becoming a hermit and dedicating my days and the rest of my life to writing, there is no way this can be financially viable unless I strike gold around the next river bend! In any case, social distancing and lockdown are proving to be very good for introspection and re-assessment... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Block Under Lockdown

When you can't quit the day job just yet and dedicate yourself body and soul to writing, a writer will move heaven and earth to find time to write. Now that all the research is done for Sunset Shadows, I can finally hunker down and put all the pieces of the puzzle together. At first... Continue Reading →

To Search, Research and Re-search

The Search ©FrogDiva Photography As 2019 comes to a close and look back on the year and decade that was, I have a lot to be grateful for as a writer. What began as a more sophisticated journal that transformed into a blog and eventually became the source material for books, and inspiration for more.... Continue Reading →

Missing my co-writer

As many of you know, my dearest feline companion Champagne crossed the rainbow bridge last November. She has left a huge vacuum in my life both as my constant shadow and co-writer. She sat patiently with me through the long nights while I wrote or researched, regardless of whether it was a book, blog, translation,... Continue Reading →

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