Book Event Season is here

We’re moving into “Book Event Season,” when authors meet with readers at book fairs and speaking events. You can find me at the following events.

For the love of herding dogs

Herding dogs

All three of my novels include pets as part of the story. There’s Sunny in Proving Her Claim and Maddie in Lone Tree Claim. I had intended to switch it up in the third book and put a cat into the story. And I did.

Sequel or Series?

But I didn’t write a Sequel: a “what happened next” book with the same characters. Instead, I wrote a story with new characters: Katie and Jake. So, I’m writing a Series.

Top Ten Books for 2023

It’s the time of year when Top Ten Lists start popping up, so I decided to look through my GoodReads list for 2023 and see which books I rated the highest. Interestingly, my list contained a good mix of fiction and non-fiction books

Acronyms for authors

Every industry has jargon and acronyms. The writing and publishing industry is no different. Even after publishing two books, I still find myself Googling some of these codewords.

Literature connects us

The Outlander series describes a period of time that is foreign to most of us. It’s the literature that connects us to the events of that time.

Naming characters

Recently a reader asked me, “How do you name your characters?” That’s a great question. In Proving Her Claim, the main characters are Norwegian and Lakota. For Anna Olson and her family, I actually tapped my family history. It’s rife with Olsons and Johnsons, as well as Olafs and Johannas. In naming Two Hawks, Yellow Bird […]

Writing (and Riding) the Dakotas

That was the title of a panel discussion at this year’s Western Writers of America convention. And, even though I was a first-time attendee, I was asked to participate and provide a South Dakotan’s take on Writing Dakota. Panel members discussed how the Midwest’s particular traits become part of the story. The land itself often plays an […]