• art,  books,  publishing

    Time for a Cover Reveal!

    I’m so excited to finally be able to share the cover for my second novel, THE CURIOSITIES–a story of artists, secrets, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair, coming in February 2019 from William Morrow/HarperCollins, with the same publisher and editor I worked with for my first novel, VINTAGE.  My publisher, agent, and I considered many different concepts, and even a title change, before deciding on this cover, and I’m just thrilled with how the final version turned out. The setting for the novel is an artists’ colony run out of a lakeside mansion formerly owned by Betsy Barrett, a secondary character from my first novel,…

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  • depression,  family,  kids,  parenting,  seasonal affective disorder,  spring

    On Seasonal Affective Disorder… I Mean Spring

    I wrote a version of this blog post a few years ago at a low point of seasonal affective disorder or, as we call it here in the midwest, spring. I’m republishing it today, with GIFs, because it’s April 16 and has been snowing for two days. The tulip shoots are buried in white and I have to laugh about it or I’ll go mad. The Real March (and April) Madness My husband says that waking up on the first day of the NCAA tournament is like Christmas morning for him. But I’m familiar with the real March madness, and its evil cousin, April madness, and basketball has nothing to…

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  • authors,  books

    VINTAGE is Today’s BookBub Deal!

    Do you subscribe to BookBub? It’s an email newsletter that sends you news about fantastic deals on ebooks in categories of interest that you select when you sign up. The books featured are heavily discounted, with most of them no more than a few dollars. I have filled my Kindle with sooooo many great books through BookBub. Today, VINTAGE is one of the selections featured. It’s $2.99 across all ebook platforms. You can grab a copy here.

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  • books,  publishing

    Foreign editions of VINTAGE

    Foreign editions of VINTAGE have been published in Spain, Turkey, Germany, Poland, and France. A U.S. large print edition is also available. I think it’s fun to see how the publishers in different countries reimagined the cover. Although I adore the cover for the US version of VINTAGE, I also have a soft spot for the German version. It looks to me like a realistic depiction of a vintage shop, complete with baskets of treasures just waiting to be found.

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  • art,  creativity,  design,  fashion,  local,  madison,  style,  wisconsin

    Read(y) to Wear Benefit Fashion Show

    Most of the time, being a writer is decidedly NOT glamorous. I shudder to think how many hours I’ve spent sitting in front of my laptop, shoulders hunched over the keyboard, with coffee stains on my leggings. But every now and then, the author life opens the door to a “pinch me I’m dreaming” type of opportunity. The Read(y) to Wear fashion benefit was one of such opportunities. On April 29, 2017, I got to “model” a paper dress made by fellow writer Holly Tierney-Bedord, and walk the runway with several lovely literary and design-minded people from Madison and surrounding areas. Proceeds from ticket sales went to Madison Reading Project, a…

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  • authors,  books,  fiction

    Thank you!

    VINTAGE is a USA TODAY bestselling book! Thank you to all the readers, booksellers, librarians, and bloggers who helped make it happen.

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  • books,  madison,  writing

    Five Years Later, We’re Still Listening to our Mothers

    Five years ago, I met Ann Imig at Writers’ Institute, an annual writing conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We connected at the coffee station in between sessions and decided to grab lunch at a little Mexican bistro called Chipotle. Ann was in a hurry, see. “I have go shopping,” she said. “My kids are with a babysitter and it’s my only chance.” Little did I know back then just how much Ann can accomplish while her kids are with a babysitter. What Ann needed to go shopping for that day was a dress to wear on stage as director of her very first Listen to Your Mother  show–a…

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  • blogging,  book launch,  books,  wisconsin,  writing

    I’m Baaaa-aaack, for a Blog Tour

    I can’t believe I haven’t blogged here in almost a year. It’s been a helluva year. Someday I’ll tell you about it or, more likely, I’ll write about it. But let’s just say that LIFE, with its highs and lows, has had me riding a pretty wild roller coaster since I last updated this blog. But I’m back this week to participate in the blog tour for the release of the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER anthology, curated by my friend and fellow writing group member, Ann Imig! Stay tuned for more information later this week on the force that is Ann, the nationwide Listen to Your Mother show, and the…

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  • authors,  beauty,  debut author,  fashion,  local,  madison,  vintage,  wisconsin

    Check “Cover Girl” Off the Bucket List

    BRAVA magazine chose VINTAGE as its literary salon selection for October 2014. In addition to holding an lovely vintage-themed author event at A La Crate Vintage Rentals, they interviewed me and did a photo shoot. It was a dream come true to show up and see racks of lovely vintage clothes and accessories laid out for me in my size! To read the interview on books, writing, and all things vintage, click here.

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  • authors,  creativity,  Uncategorized,  writing

    No Excuses: My Writing Process

    Last week I featured author Una LaMarche as part of the #MyWritingProcess blog tour. Now it’s my turn. But be forewarned: my process is not a series of creative steps I follow to finish a project. Rather, my process involves karate-chopping excuses not to write on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.  Here are five of the most common excuses not to write and how I tackle them. Hopefully these tips will help some of you kick their asses, too. “I’m not inspired.” Here’s a secret: no one feels inspired all the time. Writing is a job that needs to be worked at steadily until it’s done. Would a carpenter say, “You know,…

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