San Diego Coloring Book

Newest Book Released

What started as a lark turned into a full-fledged project – the San Diego Coloring Book. As a long-time San Diego resident and photographer, I’ve been shooting SD for years. It occurred to me one day in the spring that I had never seen a San Diego coloring book, although our city is visited by zillions of people every year.… Read more →

Indie Author Superpack

This deal from those crazy guys over at Buck Books came out of the blue and lasts only June 8-10 (Wed-Fri). This is insanely short notice on this, but Buck threw together a super-quick, 3-day flash sale as an unofficial launch event for Digital Freedom Academy. He calls it the Indie Author Superpack and includes K.M. Weiland’s Novel Freedom Course… Read more →

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Writer’s Life is Hectic

At least this writer’s life is! In the last month I’ve had two book deadlines to meet and a third book contract to finalize. I plan on taking a couple weeks off in July just to catch my breath. Just wondering – is your writing life just as hectic or are you able to go at a pace that’s more… Read more →

[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

People often ask “where do you find your ideas?” Well, they’re everywhere. the girl sitting on the steps, smoking, looking dejected the guy skateboarding down the middle of the street the cat on the roof next door the song that won’t leave your head the whiff of rosemary the taste of risotto the neighbor’s argument the woman who crowds you in… Read more →

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[Writer’s Life] My Morning Routine

Readers have told me they love hearing about different author routines so here’s mine. I’m usually up by 6, sometimes 5. I flip on the coffee pot, which I prepped the night before. I get dressed while two cups of my absolute favorite blend: New Mexico Pinon is brewing. Next, I plop down with cup #1 and skim through emails… Read more →

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Did you know that I curate the best writing articles into my Facebook page and also into my Flipboard magazine, Writer’s Life? If you love reading about writers, the writing process, marketing your work . . . just about everything to do with being a writer, there’s much to be found in either place. (love to see you at both) You can… Read more →

Image Prompt: a house

Welcome to the first in my new series of image prompts. Here’s the deal. Use this image as a writing prompt a writing problem-solver a poetry prompt a get-my-brain-moving prompt How I used this image prompt My problem: I have to write a chapter that I don’t want to write. I am SO unmotivated. Read more →

The Value of a Niche

Although I’ve written about topics ranging from Elvis to aliens, my basic niche is genealogy. My book the Unofficial Guide to is currently ranking at a little over 5,000 in all of Amazon books and is #1 in Genealogy. Other than great sales, is there an advantage of being well-known in your niche? Absolutely. Here’s why – and this is… Read more →

Is this too personal to share?

If you were around in the 70s, you may remember the Sangria craze. Fruit, red wine, spritzer . . . you know, every  Mexican joint served it – usually in a pitcher with a bunch of fruit in the bottom. Well, that craze faded until recently – or at least it did for me. One night my pal Fred and… Read more →