The “Life Story”

Creating a memoir must be difficult. 1) It’s not actually “creating,” but perhaps a much more difficult job of taking life experiences, categorizing them, and then choosing which to use in order to get across the tale that readers will talk about. And, 2), Trying to be “personal” with strangers…wondering if too much or too little was said when the cover is wrapped around it and put up for sale. I have certainly read my share of memoirs/biographies – from celebrities to politicians – but Continue reading →

I don’t like to write

But I do like the editing process, which is what keeps me going. Right now I’m on deadline—end of the month for the new Claudia Rose book (#6), and it’s a struggle. With 24k words to go, I know what’s going to happen in the story, each chapter is planned out. But something stops me from getting it down on paper (well, okay, on screen). I keep finding other things to do—email, bits of work that could be done later, web surfing, etc. I know Continue reading →

Six Secrets to Writing Great Dialogue

Whether you’re writing a scene of subtle seduction or ratcheting up suspense with an accusatory rant, your characters want to speak. Your job is to loosen their tongues and create distinctive voices while moving the plot forward. You must get rid of extraneous chitchat and dull exposition. Here are a few tips for picking up the pace and breathing life into a scene. 1) Consider Structure It helps to think of each scene having a beginning, middle, and end. (That’s right, the beginning must set Continue reading →


I just spent the best nine days overseas. My younger son, Ben, the avowed bachelor, got married. He’d been a pop star, performing around the world for a few years now, but having met a Turkish-German woman who is gorgeous inside and out, he decided to trade his leather pants for a polo shirt and “get a real job.” Here’s an article telling the tale. The wedding could not have been more perfect. My ex-husband and I even got along for four whole days. Wow! Continue reading →