Victorian Inventors

I don’t see what all the fuss is about — the upset readers who want to know what on earth I’m doing, with my Victorian characters sending telegraphs and fastening zippers. Considering DaVinci invented a machine gun, diving suit, and helicopter before Shakespeare wore diapers, you might not be impressed to hear vacuum cleaners were […]

Guest Blog on “Faking It” + Jewelry Giveaway

I dreamed of being a doctor when I grew up. And an F-16 pilot, and a ballroom dancer, an architect, a rancher, and an auto mechanic. Not to mention my awkward phase in the 90s when I thought I was cut out to be a CIA field agent. Turns out I’m a soccer mom. Yet somehow […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

To celebrate the re-release of The King of Threadneedle Street, I’m updating and reposting this article on art and drawing, which I originally ran in April 2013. Thanks for reading! I loved doing research for Book #2 in the Rougemont series, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century […]

Meet Jeff Salter, Male Romance Writer!

Yes, you read that correctly. Today I have author J.L. Salter here to talk about his books and his journey as a writer. I adored his stories before I found out he’s a guy. And then I was impressed; he knows how to sound like a girl, and it’s hilarious! Read on: Jeff: Delighted to […]

Welcome Author Calle J. Brookes + Giveaway!

Please welcome suspense and paranormal author Calle J. Brookes! I’m so glad she’s here today to talk about life as a writer. Stay tuned, because she’s just in time for your holiday reading list with a giveaway I know you’ll love. And now here’s Calle: I have…an author’s assitant. She loves notebooks, pens of any […]

5 MORE Things The Victorians Did Differently Than You

1.  Dating  Expensive mistresses, sordid-themed clubs, reckless curricle racing, dueling with pistols, gambling away his inheritance… the Victorian bachelor sowed his wild oats and got away with behaving very badly indeed. Once his dowager grandmama gave him the ultimatum to marry or else, he then had the burden of keeping his naughty behavior from the notice of […]

Interview with Literary Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan

When I queried literary agents, I figured my first choice agent was probably out of reach. Imagine my surprise when the fabulous Courtney Miller-Callihan from Greenburger Associates called back with a “Yes!” Courtney is just as fun and savvy as everyone says she is. I’m so glad she’s here today to talk about the inside […]

Say it With Song: Writing Music & Emotion

Hi, my name is Moriah Densley, and I can’t write a story without music. Specifically, musician characters. I like to think the crucial moments of a story work better through the filter of music. It’s more comfortable than facing the possibility that my characters [me] hide behind the music. I’m still getting used to the intimate, […]

Guest Blog: Christi Corbett’s New Release

Please give a warm welcome to Christi Corbett, debut author. You’ll remember her guest post here on Weird Stuff Kids Say: Twin Humor. Today she’s here to talk about her new release, Along the Way Home, which is at the top of my must-read list. Take it away, Christi. First, I’d like to give a […]

5 Things The Victorians Did Differently Than You

1. Underwear  Let’s face it: this is why you’re here. You should be curious about Victorian underthings, because they were truly weird. 19th-century clothing was so complicated, a lady typically couldn’t dress herself. Before the mid-1800s, her innermost layer was a “shift,” or “chemise,” basically a shin-length shirt. “Drawers” (pantaloons being the American version) became popular in the mid-1800s once Victorian ladies understood […]