The Importance of Setting in a Novel

UPDATE: This blog post won an award for “media post” at the 2015 LUW writers conference. ***** Write what you know. How many times have I heard that? Oh man, probably at every conference I have ever gone to, multiple times. I know setting. Long before I was ever an author, I would surround myself…

Words for a Headstone

A painting I created for my friend. A few years ago, I received a birth announcement from a good friend with a darling photo of a newborn. It was also a death announcement. This sweet infant only lived a few short moments as her complications were too great. At the same time I was going…