Writing About Places in Fiction – Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Inn Significant

As a writer, it’s important to research the places you may feature in your writing. I spent a ton of time walking around Annapolis, Maryland, for my first novel, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and I did the same with the novel I launched yesterday, Inn Significant. It’s part of the fun, really. As my students… Read More Writing About Places in Fiction – Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Inn Significant

St. Michaels, Maryland: A Photo Essay & Setting For My New Novel

I love the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Whenever I can steal away and spend time in one of the many adorable towns across the Chesapeake Bay, I jump at the opportunity. Saturday was just such a time. Additionally, I have a vested interest in getting a good “feel” for the place as my new novel… Read More St. Michaels, Maryland: A Photo Essay & Setting For My New Novel

Breathing In the Air and Tasting the Wines in Napa Valley | Part Two

  (This is part two of my travel piece about Napa Valley and San Francisco. To read part one, click here). Besides the incredible number of wineries, there are some picturesque towns that are definitely worthy of a visit. Napa was our first stop. Perched on the Napa River, the town offers adorable shopping, great… Read More Breathing In the Air and Tasting the Wines in Napa Valley | Part Two

Breathing in the Air and Tasting The Wines in Napa Valley

First, there was the air, consistently devoid of humidity according the locals, and as fresh and crisp as you would imagine the hills and unspoiled land of Northern California to be. Puffs of soft clouds decorated the blue sky as temperatures hovered in the high sixties. Then, there was the scenery. The rolling greens of… Read More Breathing in the Air and Tasting The Wines in Napa Valley

Overworked? Overweary? Overstressed? Take A Day Trip. It Does Wonders.

There are a plethora of reasons why we need to get away from it all, if only for a few hours. We are overworked, overstressed, overweary, overextended, overtaxed, overstimulated—just plain over it. And thus, the good “doctor,” whomever that may be—a friend, a spouse, a mother, a father, a child, a healthcare provider—tells us to… Read More Overworked? Overweary? Overstressed? Take A Day Trip. It Does Wonders.