This is an old blog that I started in 2006. I keep it because it has a lot of historical data and people still come here. As of September 2016, no new updates will be made here. All new blog posts and writing/publishing related news will be posted over on my new site at

The MacGregor Legacy - 3 Book Series

From Scotland to the Carolinas
For Love or Loyalty (Book 1) ~ For Love or Country (Book2) ~ For Love or Liberty (Book 3)

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who harborsg a deadly past that could destroy her future. .

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Author Photos

The images below are in order from recent to oldest.




Speaking Topic: Creating the Emotional Heartbeat of a Story

This workshop concentrates on how to show character emotion to engage the readers' feelings as they experience the story. Writers will learn how to incorporate the senses in a creative way to invoke realism and make readers care about the characters. Emphasis will include showing rather than telling, deep POV, powerful dialogue, and the power of word choice. Jennifer will discuss the stages of relationship development, action vs reaction, internal and external conflict, and sensual vs sexual tension. (For intermediate writers who are beyond the basics and who want to carry their skills to the next level.)

Speaking Topic: Building An Online Platform with Impact

If you're blogging and have a presence on social media, but your follower base doesn't grow, and ranking numbers in the search engines are stagnant, then this is the workshop for you. The content in this workshop covers why you need an online platform, how to maximize your blogging efforts, increase traffic, and online interaction. Social network sites are included such as how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google+ and Amazon. Learn why you still need a newsletter if you have a blog and how to build subscribers. As much as you would like to, you can't clone yourself, so Jennifer will share how to use apps to automate your social media efforts without sacrificing your ability to network with your readers. 

Speaking Topic: Digging Deep Into POV

Still confused about POV? This workshop discusses the various character points of view, head hopping, and how to make the reader feel as if they are inside the character's mind, feeling what the character is feeling, rather than reading about a character's actions like a report. We will compare writing samples that show the basic level of writing and then how deep point of view can make it better. We will discuss layering in sensory details and concentrate on the reader's experience. 

Speaking Topic: Vital Signs When Seeking An Agent

Jennifer shares lessons she's learned from the three agents she's had and how their role in the publishing industry has changed and continues to evolve. She will share resources on where to find an agent, how to approach an agent, and how to pitch to an agent in face-to-face consultations at writing conferences. Each agency is different and so are their submission requirements. She will discuss the submission process, industry standards, and taboos to avoid. There are lots of people claiming to be agents who do not have the connections to editors they claim, are charging crazy fees, have unethical practices, and Jennifer will share vital signs to look for when seeking an agent.

Above, Jennifer and her agent, Terry Burns, at the ACFW Conference after winning two certificates for her unpublished manuscripts in the 2007 Genesis contest. One of those manuscripts went on to become Jennifer's debut novel at Abingdon Press, Highland Blessings. 

Speaking Topic: The Art of Researching Today & Yesterday

Jennifer gives tips on how to explore the Internet and access resources you may have never considered, including new innovative ways libraries are updating their systems and how it will benefit you. She shares ideas that will help both contemporary and historical authors. You will leave with fresh knowledge and a renewed energy for researching that story that's been nagging at your muse. 

Speaking Topic: Writing for Publication

This workshop covers the basics of writing fiction for new, aspiring authors. It includes mistakes to avoid and industry standards on how to format a manuscript. We will discuss plotting and compare character driven plots to action driven plots. We will concentrate on characterization in developing realistic and believable characters, ways to make them memorable and briefly discuss layering in sensory detail. We will compare stilted dialogue to natural sounding dialogue. Also, we will discuss POV, give examples of head-hopping, and how to avoid it. Writers will receive a list of trigger words to look out for in finding troublesome passive voice, a list of action verbs to replace boring passive verbs, and ways to cut fluff words in order to tighten and polish one's writing. (For new writers who are writing their first manuscript or starting the editing process of a completed manuscript. It may also help writers who have completed their first manuscript, but are trying to edit their manuscript for publication.)