There are some things you just can’t control when you live and work aboard a 260-foot private superyacht. Like being summoned near midnight to make coffee for the captain. But I was the chef, on call 24/7. Not an ideal job, but it kept me out of the public eye – and out of jail.Read More
In today’s blog, Penny explains her need for boats. “From a 1928 motor yacht to a 70’ Trumpy to a Fife-designed sloop, all my boats have soothed my need to be in control and kept me sane through the past few years.Read More
(Penny McKenna wrote this month’s blog.)
“Whew! My first adventure, Ocean Effect, is finally off to the publisher that requested a revise and resubmit. It took a while, but my story is stronger for it. I can’t wait to see what they say! A ‘yes’ means I’ll finally be released from this woman’s head and onto the page – and/or pixels – of a book.
While I'm working on revisions, I’ll let Captain Guy Smythe take the “Thirty Questions” Challenge. He’s another character who returns book after book.Read More
In my last blog I answered the first half of the popular “Thirty Questions” Challenge in the voice of my main character, Penny McKenna. This week I shed some more light on her background with the second half!
16. What is your guilty pleasure?
Many of my fellow authors are taking up the popular “Thirty Questions” Challenge to help readers get to know them. I’m taking a bit of a left turn and answering in the voice of my main character, Penny McKenna. Here’s the first fifteen:Read More
Penny loves food. Tasting it, learning about it, preparing it for others. But she took her new career focus a bit further than most. Here’s how she explains it to an old friend in No Safe Harbor.Read More
Penny McKenna is sure they do. And just in time for St. Patrick’s day, she shares the roots of her superstitious nature.
“May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead. That was Nana’s go-to toast, said with a twinkle in her eye and a splash of Four Roses whiskey from her closet stash...
Tons. Here Penny explains how cooking her way through law school made her a better prosecutor.
“Being an overnight line cook in a 24-hour diner was a perfect job to put myself through law school - grants and scholarships only go so far! I learned many lessons behind the grille that proved helpful when I became a prosecutor. Case in point: people watching 101.Read More
"I inherited my father’s fiery temper and my mother’s bat-like hearing. I swear she could hear me opening a candy wrapper a mile away. My freckles and red hair came from Nana, as well as her calm ability to listen and observe without being noticed. That got me into trouble more than once as a kid - but hey, if you don’t eavesdrop you don’t learn the best stuff.Read More