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
Scouting out locations for a new Penny McKenna mystery in Switzerland among the lakes, chocolate and Swiss army knives!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
A lot of people ask me how I come up with my characters and ideas. Before I start a book, I write a dossier on each main character. What makes them tick, what secrets they hold, and what their crucible is.Read More
I’m always happy to go for a long weekend sail under the guise of fiction inspiration. With Hurricane Matthew expected to circle back to the south after hitting the North Carolina coast, we headed out last Friday for a three-day sail.Read More
Although I've always loved the water, I didn't learn how to sail until I was an adult. When we moved to Rhode Island my husband insisted we needed a sailboat, as if it were a requirement to live here. (I don’t get the logic either, but there you have it.) We started with a J-22 named Equilibrium,and I found that on board I did find a sense of balance and escape from the rat race as we zipped across Narragansett Bay. I was hooked.Read More