Yes, I’m writing a sequel to Doc.

When I was writing Doc, I believed it would be a stand-alone historical novel like A Thread of Grace or Dreamers of the Day. I thought the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was so well known, so much a part of American folklore, that there was no point in going back over … Read more…

A perfect day

March 22, 2012 7:40 AM Woke up feeling rested; I’m exercising again and sleeping better. Minimal bed-head, so I don’t look scary when I head downstairs to say bye to my husband. Don is on his way out of the house to have breakfast with his mom before he goes to work. He’s done this … Read more…

Writer Tech: “That which is measured, improves.”

Not sure we really need the comma in that quote, but that’s how Pearson’s Law is written in business and engineering circles. The saying was popularized by Peter Drucker, a business consultant who was particularly influential in Japan, where implementing Pearson’s Law was given credit for spectacularly improved productivity during the 1980s. For a writer, … Read more…

DOC on HBO

People, I have never kept a secret this long in my life. This has been brewing since June, 2011. Here’s what I heard originally:  Ron Howard’s father Rance Howard has a longtime fascination with Doc Holliday. He read Doc when it first came out and took it to his son Ron, who contacted HBO about … Read more…

Lessons from Tombstone

All the bruises have faded to yellow. The scrapes and cuts have healed. The idea of swinging into a saddle no longer makes me shudder. Several people have asked, “Was it worth it? Did you learn anything?” The answer is not just yes. It’s hell, yes. When you walk down the broad Tombstone streets toward … Read more…