Category Archives: The Notepad

The utter deliciousness of settling into a good book

That feeling of sinking into the most comfortable chair in the house – the one roomy enough to put your legs in any direction – with a book that you’ve been anticipating for months. The book that you know will keep your attention riveted and is guaranteed not to disappoint. I don’t pretend that I’ve written that book, but I know it’s the feeling I want readers to have when they’re reading my stuff. When I sit down to the computer this is the feeling…

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Toxic to Touch will launch Aug 1

Ten years after the pandemic, island survivors search the wreckage of civilization and help each other find food, lost loved ones, or even heirloom tomatoes… except someone may have helped a disliked member of the community to an early death. Garden enthusiast Jane suspects the dead woman’s secrets may be the cause—and may be still threatening the tiny community from beyond the grave. Potentially the world’s first post-apocalyptic cozy mystery is about to hit the virtual shelves!  At just over 8,000 words you’ll soon be…

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The advent of the Post-Apocalyptic Cozy

I was challenged – but I was right, it is surprising easy to write a post-apocalyptic cozy mystery. I’m not saying it’s good, just that it’s easy. It will be coming to some venue, still to be determined, soon. The premise of the Apocalypse is that the big one (earthquake) has finally hit. That’s locally significant, but hardly an apocalypse. But then… some petri dishes in a lab have collided during the tremblor, causing a ravaging flu variation – handily spread by foreign first responders…

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Romance inspiration on the Washington State Ferries

Story characters can come from anywhere but I have to say the Washington State Ferries are a particularly good source. First of all, there is a constantly changing crowd of strangers and there are always motorcycles, a mandatory starting point for bad boys (or girls). There are families, new adults, and invariably at least one smooching couple headed to an island getaway (Perhaps unfairly, I still blame Snow Falling on Cedars for most of these.) People move about on ferries: checking out the view, getting…

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