Category Archives: Admired Authors

How I Choose My Subject Matter

I subscribe to a great blog called ‘OldHouseDreams’. I would say for obvious reasons! This great blog is administered by ‘Kelly’ who has an eye and a heart for old houses. She scours real estate listings across America (and other countries) for old houses that are on the market. She doesn’t select according to her own personal style preferences. I respect that. Every style, every condition, every situation are represented. Very grand to very humble. The main criteria:  that the house have redeeming architectural significance and not too much ‘remuddling’ or modernizing.

This is a blog after my own heart. I rarely (read: never) see the offerings without finding at least one old house that has captured my imagination. The interesting thing about the site is the fact that she has an enormous number of followers. What does that mean? It means that there are many, many people out there like my husband and me. Lovers of old homes–their beauty, artistry, their craftsmanship and historic significance.

Today, when I read the offerings, I was struck dumb by the cottage in England, Suffolk to be precise, that is listed for sale. Continue reading How I Choose My Subject Matter

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One of My Favorite Authors

Work progresses on my latest book. Tentatively titled Gate 6, Murder at Black Oaks, it is still on schedule and I believe it will be ready to publish by the end of next month (April). It’s very exciting to see it coming along. Lots of twists, turns, murder and mayhem!

I am currently reading The Train Now Departing, one of two novellas by Martha Grimes. Ms. Grimes is one of my favorite writers. I’ve read literally every book she’s written, many of them multiple times. The reason I can read them three or four times each is simply this: she writes a well-crafted story that is full of interesting, often funny and always compelling characters. She writes with sharp wit and an edge of humor that I love. Continue reading One of My Favorite Authors