Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Okay, I've officially made my radio debut (not counting the junior high school news broadcast I used to deliver for my drama class). After their kind invitation, I decided to go ahead and do the MATT AND ELLIE SHOW coming live from the U.K.

It was wonderful fun. I'll admit, I was nervous beforehand. When I'm nervous I have a tendency to a) either talk so fast nothing makes any sense whatsoever, sort of like one of those auctioneers or b) stumble around with lots of hemming and hawings and "you knows".

This actually went quite well (considering that the moment the phone rang with Matt and Ellie on the other end, my three year old starting screaming. But I ran down to my office and shut the door and left him preoccupied with Blues Clues for the 8 or 9 minute interview).

The only technical glitch was that I couldn't really hear them very well, though listening to the webcast, I actually sound quite literate.

Matt and Ellie were both lovely. She sounded just like Kiera Knightley and he was funny and interesting. All and all, it was a great experience and I'm very glad I did it.

If you'd like to listen the broadcast, you can find the MP3 at:

My interview is about 42 minutes into the broadcast.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


My husband took this in the mountains this week. I think it's stunning! It was even featured on the evening news last night. The weatherman always shows weather-type pictures and this was a featured photo.

We were watching Akeelah and the Bee a few weeks ago and this quote just reached out and grabbed me by the throat. I had to look it up in its entirety. It's by Marianne Williamson and I've printed it up and stuck it by my computer to remind myself to see the greatness in myself and those around me ...

Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

© Marianne Williamson, 1992

Found in "A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles" Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.

Monday, September 18, 2006


Bizarre request in my inbox today. In 2002 I had a book called THE VALENTINE TWO-STEP, the first book in my Outlaw Hartes trilogy. It featured Ellie Webster and Matt Harte and their matchmaking daughters who are best friends and want their parents to marry. I've written like 15 books since then and barely remember the plot of the thing but today I was invited by two UK radio DJs to come on their show and talk about it. Apparently there's a programme called the Matt and Ellie Show in the UK. I guess they must have googled their name and come up with my book so they want to talk to me about it.

I'm not sure what to do. I listened to the teaser on their website and it sounds like they have a lot of fun but I'm not one of those incredibly lyrical speakers who can be spontaneously clever or funny (now my husband, he could do a great job on a radio show. Maybe I should have him impersonate me! If only his voice were a little higher). I'll probably eventually do it -- publicity is publicity, right? -- but today I'm angsting a little. What do you think? I have dreaded fears of a Daily Show type interview where I end up looking like an idiot.

Here's their website if anybody wants to give me an opinion ... http://www.mattandellieshow.com

Friday, September 15, 2006


Okay, I've decided I must be the world's worst blogger. I've had gentle reminders from a couple of readers that it has been a long time since I've blogged anything. I knew it had been awhile, but imagine my surprise after checking my blog to find I apparently haven't had anything to say since April! My apologies for being such a slacker. I can only say it's been a pretty intense summer and I've been running in a hundred different directions.

But school has started again (happy day!) so I hope I'll have a little more time for some of these minor details like finishing my book that's due in a few days.

As intense as the summer has been, it's also been wonderful, one of those rare and precious seasons that seem to reinvigorate the senses. I've had great time with family -- my own kids and my extended family -- and I feel like in a lot of ways I've discovered great joy in writing again.

I've always loved to write but juggling a pretty intense home life and a busy writing career often has left me more exhausted than enthused about the prospect of trying to create anything. Something has changed in the last few months. I find myself loving the process again, rediscovering the wonder of creating a story out of nothing but my imagination.

I'm working on finishing my Costa Rica story that I talked about early in my blogging days and I've had wonderful fun with these characters. The hero is truly larger-than-life and the heroine is funny and spunky and flawed. Every time I sit down to write, I'm transported to a lush, gorgeous jungle and caught up in their adventure. It's different from any story I've written -- maybe why I've been enjoying the process so much!

I expect to be insanely busy the next few weeks trying to finish IN HOT WATER so I may not blog as often as I like, but I swear it won't be six months again before my next entry!