Amid the difficulties and ongoing problems we confront as individuals and as a society, there is much to be thankful for this year. Speaking from my writer persona, my newest novel, a venture into the genre of romantic suspense, relased in October and I have a wealth of events coming up. Please check out the Events page for specific information. I’d love to see you at one or more of the book signings scheduled.


I’m also thrilled to receive permission to observe several classes in the Criminology program at Sinclair Community College as part of the research for my next mystery/thriller. The manuscript is done. Now comes the hard part! Revision is an on-going process for several months before a manuscript goes to an editor for suggestions on content, pacing, plot, and characterization. I normally revise a minimum of ten times before anyone sees the draft.

I’m also thankful for the chance to visit our family members in Canada. It involved vaccination cards, a molecular test within 72 hours of crossing the border, and then further testing before we could enter. Hugging our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter was worth the pain.

I know that November is NaNoWriMo month — write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. I started mine a little early knowing I have so many in-person and virtual appearances and am  8,000 words into a new work. I always try to keep at least two manuscripts in progress. Time passes too quickly to waste a moment.

May you find a moment each day to give thanks for one thing in your life. By the end of the month, you’ll have a priceless record of all the good things in your life. I’m going to!