The question of predictability in women’s fiction

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I was reading reviews of a friend’s book the other day when I came across the phrase “It was so predictable”. Are readers looking for books in women’s fiction (I know, I wish there was a better term) where characters behave differently than the norm? Like outrageously different? In any situation, easy or challenging, humans […]

I love it when I make myself laugh

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Now that I’m more than half way through What Makes A Family, I FINALLY feel as if I know these characters. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m always very hesitant to talk about the book I’m working on. I just feel as if I need to share the best part of my story, of […]

New Blog Post!

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Hi there, I’m trying a new thing. Blogging. As a novelist, I look at the blog with the thrill of opportunity. Writing a book is challenging work with a million moving parts. Writing a blog post, however, is pretty simple. Write. Publish. Done. So, welcome to my first blog post! -C

Julia’s Daughters

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Julia Maxton can’t imagine anything worse than losing one of her three daughters—until the day seventeen-year-old Haley runs a stop sign, killing her younger sister Caitlin. Six weeks after the crash, the family is falling apart. Julia struggles not to show hostility towards Haley, but her deep-rooted anger won’t go away. Her husband, Ben, has […]

As Close As Sisters

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Since the age of twelve, McKenzie Arnold has spent every summer at Albany Beach, Delaware, with her best friends Aurora, Janine, and Lilly. The seaside house teems with thirty years of memories–some wonderful, others painful–and secrets never divulged beyond its walls. This summer may be the last they spend together, as Janine contemplates selling her […]

Just Like Other Daughters

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Alicia Richards loved her daughter from her very first breath. Days later, when tests confirmed what Alicia already knew–that Chloe had Down syndrome–she didn’t falter. Her ex-husband wanted a child who would grow to be a scholar. For Alicia, it’s enough that Chloe just is. Now twenty-five, Chloe is sweet, funny, and content. Alicia brings […]