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Where do story ideas come from?

Feather pen for Writing TipsLast week I was invited to a bookclub to discuss my book,The Inscription.  These amazing readers call themselves the Bibliobabes.  They asked me where I got the inspiration for my novel, Christmas in the Highlands.

That really was a cool story in itself.

I was cleaning out some old keepsakes I’d found that belonged to my grandmother and found a gold locket.  Because I’m an author, and of course the curious type, I tried to open it, but it wouldn’t budge.  The more I tried, the more I wondered what could be inside.  Then an idea blossomed. Was the locket soldered closed to hide a secret?locket

BLAM.  The idea for my Christmas novel took hold.  I still haven’t opened the locket. I’m thinking that there is a reason why it has been kept a secret for so long, but I realized something else.  Authors get their ideas from asking questions and then thinking- what if?  What did a shoe wash onto shore?  Where is Maylasian Flight 370?  But don’t overlook the seemingly innocent things that happen to you everyday.  Why did you bump into a friend that you hadn’t seen in five years?  Why did your battery die?  There are logical explanations for all of these questions.  As authors we look for the extraordinary. Keep asking questions.

So where do you get your story ideas?

Is The “Kilt” A Noun Or A Verb?

Is the “Kilt” a noun or a verb?  —–   Actually, it’s both!

Because I write about stories set in Scotland, naturally I’ve done research on the topic. And what better way to do research than to actually visit the place.
When my husband and I visited Edinburgh I bought a book on the proper

Killer Whales – legends – myths – folklore

When I started doing research for Warrior Rising, I already knew it was going to involve killer whales. What I discovered was that the First People tribes of Canada and Alaska had an amazing legend.  They avoided hunting killer whales because they quite literally believed that killer whales were their ancestors.  Also, when

A writer’s dream come true!

Writing WARRIOR RISING felt like a dream come true and all because Terry Persun asked if I wanted to write a spin-off story based on his Doublesight series that is on Kindle Worlds.  The story was so fun to research and write. The evolution of why I chose whales began in February, 2015.  It’s

Vegan Mama

Vegan Chocolate Date Delights
For fun, I thought I’d talk about vegan desserts.  It’s true that you won’t have as big a sweet tooth once you venture into “Vegan Land”, but there are times when a sweet treat is a MUST HAVE.  If you’re in a hurry for that sugar high, try snacking on dates.

Vegan Mama


This vegan zucchini recipe was a surprise.  First it was a lot easier to make than I’d thought it would be.  Second, it looked very pretty, and third, it was delicious, especially with the Horseradish Beet Dressing.  I used a lot more than the ½ lemon the recipe called for and it didn’t

Potato Pizza

Potato Pizza
Maybe because I love pizza and this seemed as close as I had gotten in a month, I was gobbling it up. I used a baked, and cooled, russet potato, sliced it and then layered it on a glass baking pan I’d greased lightly with Flax Seed oil. When the potato pizza was done,

Summer Solstice

“On the Summer Solstice …
Whatever is dreamed on this night,
will come to pass.”
—William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
First the boring definition: “Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet’s semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial

Vegan Mama Recipes

Potato Cakes with Beets and Romaine Salad.

Selecting the Potato Cake recipe the day after the Stuffed Peppers was a happy coincidence, so keep that in mind.  I used two russet potatoes, one yam and two small white potatoes.  I had one of the stuffed peppers left over from the previous night so that was the


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