The future of RWA

Over the holiday break, the members of the romance writing community were stunned by a series of events within the national organization of Romance Writers of America. I’ve been a member since 2011, and as of January 1, became the president of my local chapter,...
What the heck is high concept?

What the heck is high concept?

One of the buzz phrases in genre fiction is high concept. You might have heard this phrase in the sentence, “Your story is not high concept enough.” Well, not every story needs to be high concept, but it’s nice to know what it means, anyway. In my...
Conflict in Contemporary Romance

Conflict in Contemporary Romance

Way back when I was a baby writer and I sat down to try to write my first romance novel, I began to write a historical. I fell in love with romance by reading historical novels full of humor and great dialogue and the angst of two people falling in love who society...
Still California Dreamin’

Still California Dreamin’

The California Dreamin’ writers conference is over, but I’m still flying high from all the amazing people I met, information I gleaned, and inspiration I gained at the conference. California is breathtaking this time of year–green and blooming...
RWA16 San Diego Conference Recap

RWA16 San Diego Conference Recap

The RWA national conference was a whirlwind few days, but I can honestly say I grew and learned more in those three days than in the whole year before it! It was a fabulous conference with so many wonderful opportunities to meet new people and reconnect with contacts...
Bookworm heaven

Bookworm heaven

A number of friends and even family members of mine have put out books lately. I’ve got to give them shout-outs here (especially since I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet and I’m feeling guilty). First, my stepmom, Julie, wrote this amazing...