Updated Spring 2019 Appearance Calendar

  • May 22, 2019

So grateful for warmer weather!    Just wanted to provide an appearance update for anyone interested, particularly anyone in the Richmond, VA area.   May 24, 2019 9:15 a.m.Guest on Good Morning RichmondWRIC TV, channel 8 Richmond, wric.comLynDee will chat with Morgan Dean at News 8 and Kahil Dotay, past president of the Friends of the Chesterfield County […]

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Characters Make the Pages Turn

  • April 24, 2019

Hearing from readers is one of my favorite things about this gig, and my very favorite thing to hear is that they love my characters. A quick email telling me you adore Nichelle or were rooting for Faith will make my day brighter guaranteed, because as a reader, the characters are always paramount—give me a […]

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My Worst Case of Writer’s Block

  • April 19, 2019

Most of the time, I love what I do so much when people say writing is my job, I laugh right out loud. It’s not a job, it’s a passion, a part of who I am, a thing where I find joy and pride and understanding, and my escape when my real world is off-kilter.  Every […]

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Writing Texas

  • April 15, 2019

“Texas. It’s like a whole other country.”  It’s the slogan from a state tourism ad campaign that aired in the early 90s, and I heard it so much growing up it became part of everyday vernacular.  But the thing is, in a lot of ways, the tourism folks hit the nail on the lone star head. I […]

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Writing Where I Live

  • April 11, 2019

I love Richmond.  Sure, the Texas girl in me still gets a little choked up at the sight of an old gray barn across a sea of bluebonnets, but Virginia has become home for my family in the last thirteen years.  Folks have asked me why I “decided” to set my Nichelle Clarke series here, and I’m […]

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From rabbit trails to an intricate web: keeping writing fun

  • March 30, 2019

A hot mess.   That’s how I would describe my rough drafts, and I’m probably being kind to myself there. Way back when Nichelle first popped into my head locked in that car trunk and proceeded to pester me to write her story, I tried to make an outline. It did not go well.   It’s been a minute, […]

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Two series, three kids, and adapting to change

  • March 24, 2019

Every word for itself. I’ve said it a million times, usually behind a smile as I answer a question about juggling three little ones and more than twice that many novels. It’s still true six years into writing full time, though the meaning—like my process—has evolved. In the beginning: bedlam When Front Page Fatality sold, my […]

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My Best Reads of 2018 (Final)

  • March 15, 2019

My third selection for Best Reads of 2018 is:   November Road, by Lou Berney  Y’all, this book. Maybe the best thing I’ve read in years, and while I know some of that is attributable to my borderline obsession with the Kennedy assassination, the book isn’t really about JFK or that day, those things are just part of […]

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My Best Reads of 2018 (Continued)

  • March 14, 2019

The next selection for My Best Reads of 2018 is:   Trust Me, by Hank Phillipi Ryan  Full disclosure, Hank is sort of my personal hero, a tough investigative reporter who writes wonderful novels and is almost superhumanly kind and helpful to the rest of the writing community. All that said, I would love this book even if […]

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My Best Reads of 2018

  • March 13, 2019

Every writer I know is a reader at heart. We all grew up devouring great books, and then some switch tripped in our brains and made us want to create our own. I’m always fascinated by what other folks are reading, too—every flight or train ride, I catch myself looking at the covers of the […]

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