How to Code Messages Like a WWII Spy

This blog post will take you through the steps of encoding a message using double transposition, just like British and American spies did in WWII. Should you feel like trying it out, it… Continue reading

I have a new title, and a map

The title for my third novel was finalized last month: Deadly Alliance. I like it. A lot. No, it wasn’t one of my suggestions, but I’m completely OK with that. I have a fascination with titles… Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

“. . . For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,… Continue reading

Writing from the Opposite Gender’s Point of View

Another writer recently asked me for advice. He’s writing a novel with several point of view (POV) characters, including some female ones. So how does a man write a woman’s POV? Can a… Continue reading

Arlington in Autumn

A friend took these pictures of Arlington National Cemetery early in November. I love the fall colors, and I love Arlington, so when I saw these, I wanted to share them with my blog… Continue reading

A farewell to Tom Clancy

My first memory of any Tom Clancy work was when my parents went to see The Hunt for Red October in the movie theater. My parents didn’t go to the movies very often—only… Continue reading

Why you should have a fire extinguisher or How I torched my kitchen the day after I sold it.

My husband and I recently sold our house and bought a new one. A week ago, I was at the “aggressive packing” phase. We had keys to the new house, I had boxes… Continue reading

Things not to do if you’re an agent in a Nazi-occupied country

This past summer I read a nonfiction book about several British agents who went into France during WWII as part of the Special Operations Executive. SOE was created by Winston Churchill to “set… Continue reading

A Post About Alexanders

This blog post revolves around two very different subjects that have come up for me this month. Their connection: the name Alexander. The first is Alexander the Great. My husband and I both enjoy… Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Prevent Writer’s Block

Today I have a guest post written by another blogger, Courtney Gordner. Thank you, Courtney, for being part of my blog, and thank you for the great ideas! Writers’ block can be a… Continue reading

Advice for Aspiring Writers

I’ve had a few requests for a post like this, so here it is! I don’t consider myself an expert on writing—I’ve only written 3 ½ books, after all—but I hope these tips… Continue reading

The 69th Anniversary of D-day

Last year I posted some pictures my sister took of the WWII memorial in Washington DC. Now that another anniversary of D-day has rolled around, I thought I’d post those pictures and captions again.… Continue reading

Happy Memorial Day and some Sworn Enemy Links

Memorial Day I know it’s not Memorial Day yet, but the weekend is about to start, and I expect most people won’t be at their computers on Monday, so I wanted to post… Continue reading

4th Annual LDS Writer Blogfest

On Perfection and Motherhood I have three-year-old twins. They’re adorable, but they’re also sometimes about as much as I can handle. Motherhood isn’t an easy job, especially when you love your children and… Continue reading

Storymakers Wrap-up

I had a fun weekend hanging out with some of my writing friends and meeting new people at the tenth annual LDStorymakers Writer’s Conference in Provo, Utah. The highlight of the weekend was listening… Continue reading

Sweeney Todd, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephen Ambrose

A friend of mine asked me about the name of one of my characters, Sherlock. He’s in Sworn Enemy, a British medic and a paratrooper, and his real name is Richard Holmes. I… Continue reading

Sworn Enemy Launch

My new book is out! The paperback and audio versions began making their way into book stores the first week of April, and the Kindle version should be available any day now (the… Continue reading

March Madness: Creating Flawed (but likeable) Characters

No, I’m not writing about basketball (sorry). I’m writing about writing, over at a friend’s blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit her site. All month she’s been having other writers… Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Sworn Enemy

Here’s the cover for my new novel coming out in April: And here’s what will appear on the back cover: June 1944: As World War II rages, the people of Eastern Europe are… Continue reading

Guest Post by Author Stephanie Worlton on the Importance of Education

Today I’m happy to have Stephanie Worlton as a guest on my blog. Stephanie is the author of the novel Hope’s Journey, and recently released her second book, a nonfiction guide called Everything You Need… Continue reading