What's Hot? Creating the Author Video

I’d been hearing the talk— Author Videos are the new thing— more effective than a book trailer the in way to connect with your readers. I gulped. Nothing to do but give it a try, so here’s what I did: My husband found that I have moviemaker on my computer and we have an inexpensive camera which we routinely use for Skyping with our children. That was the basic equipment, although we found— on about take 6, as I recall— that the sound was crisper if we used an external mic. I knew from my Skyping experience that lighting is all-important....more

"What Do I Say To That?" Handling the Author Interview

Whether an author loves or dreads them, whether you consider them the best part of the job or the worst part, the fact of the matter is that author interviews are part of the job. And it’s important to make the most of every opportunity. Today I was interviewed for The Examiner which boasts 20 million readers a month. Definitely an opportunity I didn’t want to blow. So what’s the most important thing to say at a moment like this? No matter how much we want to shout, "Buy my book!...more

Medieval Women Writers

I had long wanted to tell the stories of the medieval women writers Julian of Norwich, first woman to write a book in English, and Margery Kempe who wrote the first autobiography in English although she was illiterate. I finally got my chance in A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, The Monastery Murders 2....more