Monday, June 25, 2012


A fictional novel about a widowed baby boomer traveling alone in her motor home toward her tortured past, her old teen age crush and her 40th high school reunion. It’s about a woman who challenges her fears and reaches out for what seems impossible – and in the process discovers justice and love.
You may click on the link below to read the first Chapter of GOING HOME WITH A CAT AND A GHOST. Please give me your reaction by answering the two questions at the end. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Sportster and I have spent the last two weeks in beautiful Santa Barbara area. We rested our wheels at the Elks Lodge in Goleta, California. The first half of our visit included enjoying the amenities here – the exercise room and, after working up a good sweat, the sauna and hot tub. We also strolled in the serene, forested picnic area.
We were here to attend the Santa Barbara Writers Conference at the Hyatt. The facilities Winnebago offered may not have been superb to the Hyatt, but they offered my own pillow, coffee served while I lounged in my pj’s at no extra cost, and an outdoor patio to soak up the sunshine after the marine layer dissipated. Let’s see, $199.00 a night or $25.00 a night?  Oh, and did I forget to mention? Winnebago allows pets.  So there you have it. 
 Of course the second week was not leisurely. It was jam packed with education, inspiration, new friends and did I mention?  Education!  Authors, Editors, Workshop leaders, top notch speakers offered up with great service from the hotel staff and the conference volunteers. I met Fannie Flagg the author of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, Catherine Ann Jones who wrote for TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL   and THE CHRISTMAS WIFE and Monte Schultz, the son of Charles Schultz, the creator of PEANUTS.
I met with agents as well in which four of the six wanted to see more of my work. Their publishing houses included Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon and Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, and McMacmillan. These agents have represented John Updike, Louis L’Amour, and Tani O’Dell.
I had my picture taken with Gk Parish-Philp whose ten years of experience in online digital media products and brands led him to create and and participated on a panel moderated by Marla Miller with What a fantasic woman full of energy and information on marketing.
With the overwhelming wealth of knowledge I absorbed I hope to pass it along in some new workshops that will feature the bones of the story, character development, dialogue, and plot.
But now I am unwinding and soaking up the last of the salty air and the moist filled mornings before I head back to the real world from which I acquire the grist for my writing mill.