Killing Them Off

My friend Jenn Hubbard recently posted about the reader-writer contract, and how a promise is delivered to a reader within the opening sentences of a novel.  It reminded me of another contract I’ve been pondering, the kids’ books one that promises not to kill off major characters.

The End of the Road

Wait.  No.  What makes me think such a promise even exists to break?   I read White’s Charlotte’s Web when I was too young to question what was happening, and while I was… Continue reading

Beauty Surrounds Me

My lunch apple today was just gorgeous, glowing and powerful, so much that I had to just stare at it before I could cut into it.  I am surrounded by beauty.

Rome Apple


I have this theory about sensory detail and reading. Since normal intake of our world reaches our brains through our five senses, if a writer can describe things clearly enough that a reader sees, smells, hears, tastes and feels them, then the words on the page have co-opted the brain.  It’s a polite form of mind… Continue reading

Veterans Day

My novel is dedicated in memory of my father, Thomond R. O’Brien, Sr., who served honorably as a cryptanalyst in the United States Army in Germany in the 1950’s.  On this Veterans Day, I’d like to honor my dad, and all our veterans and the active military personnel who now serve our country.  We would not be here today without you, and I’m grateful.

Tolland Public Library

I’ve been invited to speak in the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series at the Tolland Public Library tonight, November 10th, at 7:30.  The event is free, but space is limited, so please call to register if you’d like to come.  860-871-3620.

The Terror and the Trust of Not Outlining

I’m a seat-of-the-pantser.  I’ve done books using an outline before when I plotted out romances in ten chapters (major intimacy in Chapter 7) so I know it’s possible, but that is not how I wrote Birthmarked, and it is not working for the sequels.  The main problem is that I have to be in the scene, imagining it, in order to live where it’s going with Gaia.  Since she can’t see into the future, neither can I.  If the reader is to be surprised, I… Continue reading

Twins of the Dead Forest (Continued)

(This is a continuation of the fairy tale started here on November 1st.)

Years passed, and the farmer, who had learned a cruel lesson, made a point of reaching out to her neighbors and fellow farmers.  She begged them all not to tell Artemis about her lost twin, and in time, many of them even forgot Salma had ever been born.  All learned to love and care for young Artemis, who grew into a strong, smart, peaceful girl with flowing blond hair and sharp aim with her bow.… Continue reading

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2017: I’ll be speaking at the Tolland Public Library on Saturday, September 23rd, at 1:00 as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.


November 4, 2017: I’m appearing at the CT Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, November 4th in the Rome Ballroom at UConn. The event is free and open to the public.


November 5, 2017: I’m appearing at Anderson’s YA Fandom Frenzy on Sunday, November 5 in Lisle/Naperville, IL. Details to follow.

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