Why, Yes… the Midwest IS Different.

I just did the most small-town thing ever. As I was flipping through my spam filter, looking for anything that was falsely flagged–well, you never know–I came across an invoice for “The Other Karen.” “The Other Karen” is a lady from the state next door, who happens to have an email address that is one

Writing With a Sense of (Some Other) Place

In the first draft of my first trunk novel, the story was set in a small town that exists in real life.  My characters lived in a house that belongs to one of my family members, and got ice cream at the very same cafe that used to make the best root beer freezes in

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