Una Duessa: Margaret’s Duality in Mr. Thornton’s Eyes

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Mr. Thornton repeatedly dreams of Margaret as Una Duessa in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. He dreamt of her; he dreamt she came dancing towards him with outspread arms and with a lightness and gaiety which made him loathe her … Continued

Margaret Hale, John Thornton: An Enduring Love

As seen through the eyes of Margaret Hale, John Thornton, the hero of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel North and South, is tall, broad-shouldered, about thirty, with a face that is neither exactly plain, nor yet handsome, nothing remarkable. To this perception, … Continued

Falling for Mr Thornton, An Anthology

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Falling for Mr Thornton :Tales of North and South—is the title of an anthology of short stories written by twelve authors who love Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and/or its BBC adaptation into a four-part miniseries. And quite a title … Continued

Paying Homage to Gaskell’s Concerns About Women’s Issues

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Every time is a good time for classical literature especially those addressing women’s issues, a hot topic for modern women. We can count the works of Elizabeth Gaskell (author of the popular historical romance North and South) as an important … Continued

Losing Your Soulmate: Writing While Grieving

I started a book February of 2018, hoping I could finish it and publish it before the end of the year. But as I have said often enough, life intrudes, sometimes in ways you hope it doesn’t. How do you … Continued

A Life Well-Lived: A Son’s Tribute To A Father

Rich, my husband, passed away just before Christmas. I was and still am in denial. And in deep mourning. I can’t focus. I’m aimless, like a log floating at sea with nowhere to go. But here’s my son paying tribute … Continued

When Writing, Like Painting, Is A Naked Art

A few years ago, I did a large canvas painting using sketches of models from an art class I attended. At first, I didn’t know where I should go with it. I’m an okay, but not a particularly gifted painter, … Continued

Feast Your Eyes: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Trailer

Book marketing gurus tell you you need book trailers. Here’s the one to my latest book: Tantalized? Find out more here. Want to share your thoughts about food in fiction? Join our Facebook group

Add Details to Convey Character in Stories

Details convey character. They carry a lot of weight in fiction. “Often, a well-chosen detail can tell us more about a character — his social and economic status, his hopes and dreams, his vision of himself—than a long explanatory passage.” … Continued

Downcast Eyes: A World of Meaning

The heroine’s downcast eyes in Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book 3, Between Two Worlds), tell you she’s deep in thought. Leilani’s gaze darted between Greg and Elise; then, with downcast eyes and a tremulous voice, she said, “There was so much … Continued