Pistols and Petticoats–The Moon Sisters

The Rain Crow, the novel I’m currently working on, is about a woman from Luray, Virginia who has a small plantation and boarding school and agrees to become a Confederate spy. As fertile as my imagination is at times, I confess I can’t match some things that actually took place during the Civil War. It […]

The Vampire Freyja

I hesitate to post this because it’s purposely written in a rather disjointed fashion. However, we were discussing Viking settlements in America on the Books and Writers Literary Forum and I mentioned the saga of Freydís Eiríksdóttir, whom this is loosely based on. Someone there asked to see the story I’d written about her. This […]

The French Executioner by C.C. Humphreys-Review

  To writers, and I fancy myself to be one, good openings are the holy grail. The rest of the story has to hold up, but I want an author to grab my attention immediately. I don’ t necessarily mean drop me into the middle of a fight scene. Too many people think you have […]

Flashbacks Vs. Backstory

At Books and Writers, this month’s writing exercises was flashbacks and backstory. I had a bit from The Rain Crow, my new novel under construction, that was backstory and I decided to make it more immediate by switching to a flashback. This is first draft stuff, so there are still places that need to be […]