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Romance across time (and death), paranormal adventure, rogue knights...you'll find it all in Polka Dot Suitcase books!

“The best time to take action toward a dream is yesterday; the worst is tomorrow; the best compromise is today.” Alvah Simon, author

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FAST FORWARD Q&A on 80s site!

If you remember the 80s, enjoy 80s culture, or have only heard of the 80s...you MUST visit the retro site Like Totally 80s. From scrunchies to Madonna and blue eye shadow -- they cover it all. And they ran a Q&A with me for FAST FORWARD! You've gotta check it out,...

World peace, writer-style: Show, don’t tell

Virtually every writer I know embraces some basic tenets of writing: Know your audience. Use active voice. Put your butt in the chair. Stock up on coffee. And then there's "show, don't tell." As Anton Chekhov said: Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint...

Polka Dot Suitcase

There really was a polka dot suitcase. I was in third grade, and I had the most wonderful teacher -- Mrs. Jane Bull. She created a special desk for me, crammed full of writing prompts, where I could go if I finished my school work early. I'd pull out a prompt, start...

Maya Angelou and my son, part two

Six weeks after I interviewed Dr. Maya Angelou, I was talking with my friend on my cell phone. At that time, we still had a land line, and it was still on an answering machine — gasp! ‘member those? — where you could listen to the message as it was being recorded. The...

Maya Angelou and my son

For many years, I worked for a publication that adored putting celebrities on the cover. Because I’ve always run my biz with a healthy sense of delusion, I was all, “Okay! I’ll get you some celebs!” and then I’d proceed to naively reach out to celebs to interview....