Rediscovering the Houston Heights

Promise House was conceived as a place where a group of women at varying stages in their lives could come together and support one another through their joys and sorrows. When I first considered writing such a series, the first (and only) location that came to mind was the Houston Heights. When I was in graduate Read More …

Why the 1950’s?

People in general speak of the decade with either longing or disdain. It’s either an idyllic time or a horrid time, filled with either good people or hypocrites, depending on who you ask. When people want to talk about “taking us back to the ’50’s,” it’s usually not a compliment. But I’ve always embraced ambiguity. For me, Read More …

Keeping going

It can be difficult to keep going in this writing life. It’s easy to get distracted, to lose steam, to forget the joys of writing because we’re focusing on the trials of it. These days I try to be gentle with myself while still endeavoring to create some accountability. Just as I won’t show up Read More …

Listening

I was thinking today about how people listen to each other and trying to characterize those ways in a scene I’m writing. I have a pair of characters who talk past one other — each hears the other in terms of their own filters — and so neither of them hears the other. It made Read More …