Monthly Archives: October 2013


We all have times when we feel–and act–a little nuts. Some of us…really nuts. I’m not talking, taking random people at the mall out with my little gun. Don’t even own a gun.

But I get crazy sometimes and think about random crap I certainly don’t need to say. Its just better if I have my characters say and do these silly, weird things.

I think this “craziness” urge is very normal and I think it’s part of the reason so many people love Halloween. On this day, they get to let the crazy out, dress like a fool and do silly things, like TP their friends’ houses. Yes, I’ve succumbed to doing the latter…as an adult. And I wasn’t drinking. It just seemed like a silly, fun thing to do. We weren’t doing permanent damage, like egging cars or shooting out tires on the freeway.

To our dismay, someone in the neighborhood called the cops and we got busted by some very understanding officers. They probably got back in their cop car and sniggered about these adults doing such a childish thing.

My point here is that I think we all have crazy thoughts, I just get to use these in the fiction I write. I get to put my characters in ridiculous situations and show their reactions. Some writers gleefully say they torture their characters. I have a lot of affection for my characters, but I have fun writing them into situations I wouldn’t want to get into myself.

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Romance Author Interview with Sylvia McDaniel

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  It was the early 90’s. I’d always been a huge reader and suddenly I thought I could do this. I could write a book better than this one. Ohhh…I was so wrong.  The book was horrible, but I loved telling a story. I was hooked.… Continue Reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel

The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel–which will be released early in November–is a continuation of McDaniel’s Burnett Brides series. In this series, Eugenia Burnett is a smart, conniving widow who finds brides for her three unwilling(initially) grown sons. She wants grandkids and she figures she’s going to have to do something about it, since her… Continue Reading

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Cars mean nothing to some people, but I’m not one of this group. My very first car was a Fiat Spyder that had been in a fairly significant accident. After it had been rebuilt by some less-than-professionals, my mother bought it and presented the car to me as a gift on my graduation from high… Continue Reading

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Yes, I know they get picked on in elementary school and they usually sunburn easily, but I think naturally red hair is glorious. Just look at the number of us who want to copy it! I’m always amazed when redheads dye their hair some boring, non-descript blond or brunette. What the heck! We can be… Continue Reading

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Recently, a friend told my daughter that a beau’s gift to her on her graduation from medical school—a piece of jewelry from a famous jewelry store—was over-gifting. She felt the term was apt. Over-gifting occurs when a person gives a more significant or more expensive gift than is appropriate for the degree of relationship. If… Continue Reading

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We humans are amazing. Not just the famous, but everyday people. As most have been, I’m concerned about the people in Oklahoma, who’ve lives have been blown away by angry storms. Before them, individuals watching the end of the 2013 Boston Marathon had their lives forever changed by the hostile acts of others. The people… Continue Reading

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Call me a sap, but I love rain. I feel like cheering when the weather reporter forecasts precipitation. Just the sound of it on the roof, brings my family members out back to listen to the glorious patter on the porch overhang as if the hush of moisture from the sky were a gong, calling us together.… Continue Reading

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I call him Lovey

This mate of mine makes me laugh and makes me crazy. Sometimes I get frustrated about tripping over his shoes on the bedroom floor and annoyed by his resistance to planning ahead. This planning thing makes me nuts. He’s really great at coming up with plans, but never on schedule or when I’d like to… Continue Reading

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Romance Author Seeks Secretary for Adult Kids

It didn’t start out this way, but somehow I ended up being my kids’ secretary. Not that I don’t have enough time at the keyboard, tapping out the stories that stream through my head. Love that time. It makes me feel happier and more human, all at once. My kids started as adorable, sometimes exasperating… Continue Reading

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