First update to Maybe Tonight? Uploaded a few minutes ago.

Maybe Tonight Cover for WPFor those of you who are following  my serial novella, Maybe Tonight, the first update was uploaded to Kobo and KDP a few minutes ago. It should be available by tomorrow and, as far as I know, it should update automatically. :) Let me know if you have any problems. I’ll badger them. :)

I know I shouldn’t bother to follow reviews but a few people have complained that Maybe Tonight was “…just a summary of Maybe Baby“. I feel like it’s part of the same story–but it’s also Mads’s story. How could I not write about some of the same events since he experienced them?

So for those of you who are following the story, there will be chapters that overlap what you already know from Laney’s POV, but they’ll be told from how Mads sees them. You’ll also have chapters about events Laney doesn’t know anything about–because she was in Stockholm when they took place, and this is Mads’s story.

And–as I said from the very beginning–the updates will never cost you anything extra. All you pay is the 99 cents for the five initial chapters. After that, the rest is free. Still, there have been complaints and people returning the chapters after they’ve read them. They’ll miss out on the rest of Mads’s story while the rest of you will be able to follow it through to the end. :)


Maybe Baby is now available for iBooks and Nook!


webgoodreadsI also want to thank everyone who’s contacted me and let me know how much they enjoyed reading Maybe Baby and connected with Laney’s story. A lot of people seem especially enamored with the irresistible Mads (not that I blame them). ;) 

The first update for Maybe Tonight is nearly done. My plan is to upload it on Sunday evening. Hope you’ll enjoy finding out more about Mads and his life. Also, the outline for Maybe Tomorrow, the follow-up to Maybe Baby, is nearly done. I’ve already started writing the first draft. Who knows? It could be ready for you by late summer/early autumn. Will keep you posted!

Happy reading!


Brainstorming can save your life…or at least your novel


Last night, I returned to Stockholm after several days in Matera, Italy. I supposed you could say I was on vacation, but it was more of a working vacation. Why? I was there for intense brainstorming sessions with eleven other authors. Every year for the last 3-4 years, I’ve made it a priority to attend the Brainstorming at the Spa at the Locanda di San Martino in Matera’s Sassi district. Liz Jennings organizes it and we’re all grateful to her for coming up with this idea and always making it happen. I know it’s saved many writing projects I’d started, set aside and then got lost on the way back to them. The group is encouraging, inspiring and their turbo-charged questions always get the synapses working again.

It feels weird to be back.

When you’ve grown used to being in the company of writers and having great discussions about everything under the sun while enjoying good food and wine, returning to the real world of the 9 to 5, the morning commute on cold, grey days and waiting for projects to be approved can seem so…uninspiring. At least I’ve got my plan worked out–I’ll be working on the upcoming chapters for the next installment of Maybe Tonight. I’ll also be finishing the plot outline for Maybe Tomorrow (the follow-up to Maybe Baby that focuses on Laney’s cousin Eddy and what happens when she gets her own Danish surprise). I brainstormed Maybe Tonight and Maybe Tomorrow with my Matera Brainstormers, and they helped me work out some plot kinks. Other things in the pipeline? A novella set in Hunters Grove, the fictional town in Vermont that is the setting for Snowbound.

If you’re also a writer, and you feel lost, I urge you to find your community of writers and try to organize brainstorming sessions. You don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to do it (though it is a nice bonus). You could always do what my writing buddy, Kim Kane, and I do: butt-to-chair sessions at least twice a month when you agree to meet, talk about writing and actually do some writing. Sometimes it takes someone else to figure out what’s wonky with your writing.

Thank you, ladies, for another wonderful spring in Matera. And thank you for keeping me on track with my writing!


One week since the release of Maybe Baby & Maybe Tonight

magic size (1)Maybe Baby has been on sale for a little over a week and it’s doing really well. For that, I thank all of you who’ve purchased it and supported my writing dream. Thank you a thousand times over.

So what’s happened in that week? Maybe Baby was (and still is) on Amazon’s Hot New Kindle Releases list for African-American Women’s Fiction. The highest ranking for it was #6. As of the writing of this blog post, it’s at #11 for Hot New Releases and #21 for Amazon’s Kindle Bestsellers List of African-American Women’s Fiction and #97 for the paperback Bestsellers List of of the same genre.

It’s also been around a week since I released Maybe Tonight, the e-short told from Mads’s point of view. I’d initially only planned on Maybe Tonight being an e-short but it’s been so much fun writing from Mads’s perspective that I’ve decided to keep updating it with 3-5 chapters every few weeks until it’s a full-length novel. So you pay 99 cents Maybe Tonight Cover for WPnow for a 22-page story, which gets updated every few weeks until you have a novel. Do you pay anything extra? Nope. Just the initial 99 cent investment.

So what else is in the pipeline? I’m plotting two novels at the same time: a sequel of sorts to the Maybe Baby story (called Maybe Tomorrow) that focuses on Laney’s cousin Edwina (also known as Eddy) and what happens when she meets Mads’s cousin, Henrik; and there are also two standalone novels in the works that are set in Hunters Grove–the town where Snowbound is set. Yes, Mia and Jake will pop up in these novels but the focus will be on other couples.

That’s it for now. If you’ve already read Maybe Baby and Maybe Tonight and liked them, please consider reviewing them on Goodreads, Amazon and Kobo. And thanks again for your support! It really makes my day when people tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my books and connected in some way with the characters and the plot.

Happy reading! :)


A mini addition to the Maybe Baby world

Maybe Tonight Cover for WPI’m so happy that Maybe Baby is finally live for Kindle. I was hoping it would be live for Kobo today, but it’s taking a bit more time. The paperback version is already available via CreateSpace and will soon be available for purchase from Amazon. Nook version coming soon too.

And while I was at it this weekend, I also published an e-short called Maybe Tonight. I originally wrote it when I was planning on having alternating points of view in Maybe Baby. But I soon realised Maybe Baby was Laney’s story. So Maybe Tonight gives you a glimpse into Mads’s life and what he’s thinking just before and just after he meets Laney.

So far, Maybe Tonight is only available for Kindle, but it will soon be available for Kobo and Nook as well.

If you’ve already purchased and read Maybe Baby, thanks so much! If you enjoyed it, please consider writing a review and posting it on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, etc.

Your support means the world to me! :)

Maybe Baby News: Live for Kindle!

It’s finally here! Maybe Baby is live for Kindle. I’d originally planned to wait until April, but I started to get impatient to share it with all of you. So now it’s here–Nook, Kobo, iPad, iPhone and paperback versions coming soon.
Maybe Baby Kindle Live


Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love…

Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn’t interested in reversing it. Why should he? They’ve got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm.

What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way…?

But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don’t go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.


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Happy Reading! :)

The Soundtrack of Mads and Laney’s Lives

A little inspiration

A little inspiration

I am one of those writers who needs music when she writes. Every writing project gets its own Spotify playlist. Snowbound had its playlist of music that captured Jake and Mia’s moods as well as the holiday spirit. The same is true for Maybe Baby.

When I first began writing Laney’s story, music played a huge part of helping me stay motivated. I ended up with two playlists–the Nanowrimo 2012 playlist and the Revision playlist. The more I wrote and revised, the playlists grew. And then two more playlists were born–one for Laney and one for Mads. You can find both of them below. But while I was revising, a song I knew I had to include in Laney’s soundtrack was Lianne La Havas and Willy Mason’s “No Room for Doubt”–a hauntingly beautiful song that captures that feeling of longing, of regret, of wanting more. It really captures a lot of how Laney feels.

Now as I consider writing a continuation of Laney’s story, I think another soundtrack or playlist will begin taking form. What music will she listen to as she continues learning to navigate her life in Copenhagen? And there’s another project that I’ve started plotting–this one told from the point of view of Laney’s cousin Eddy and what happens when she has a Danish surprise of her own. That’s definitely a soundtrack in the making.

Laney’s Playlist

Mads’ Playlist

Heading to the London Author Fair on February 28

Sorry it’s been so quiet here lately. I’ve had a lot to do at work and then my evenings have been all about relaxing. I just returned home from a romantic Valentine’s Day in Copenhagen. I know, Tord and I end up in Copenhagen a lot. It’s a nice town to visit and it’s great when you need a quick change of scenery from Stockholm. It’s just a one-hour flight or a six-hour train ride away… This time, we won a Valentine’s stay at the Avenue Hotel on Åboulevard in the Fredriksbergs section of Copenhagen. We had a wonderful time and I’ve got lots of inspiration for one of my next writing projects, which will also be partially set in Copenhagen.

LAFNow I have another getaway planned but this one is all about writing and publishing. On Friday, February 28, I will be attending the London Author Fair at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London. LAF is arranged by Authoright, a publishing and marketing consultancy firm,  and its founding collaborators are CreateSpace, Kobo, Kindle Direct Publishing, Nook Press and Blurb. The full-day event is geared to indie writers and features seminars, workshops with authors and agents, pitch sessions and–of course–a nice party. I’m really looking forward to it! Some of the speakers include bestselling author Adele Parks, Patrick Brown from Goodreads, literary agent Gordon Wise. Have a look at the schedule. There are still tickets available and, if you’re already in London and you’re a writer, this could be a great opportunity to network, to gain new insight on growing your writing career or maybe even get a foot in the door by pitching your novel to one of the agents or editors on hand.I won’t be pitching anything. I am going there because I want to attend the seminars and workshops on publishing and promotion,online branding and discoverability. I think it will also be great to meet other indie writers and compare notes. :)



Getting to Know Niklas from Maybe Baby

Our final character interview is with Niklas, the Swedish man Laney has lived with for the last five years. Niklas isn’t so keen on being interviewed, so let’s see what he’s willing to share with us. We’re sitting in his living room. He preferred not to sit in a public place and discuss his private life.

Me: So Niklas, let’s cut to the chase, was Laney right when she suspected you were involved with your ex-wife again?

Niklas: That’s a rather personal question, isn’t it?

Me: Of course it is, but these interviews are so people can get to know you. And soon people will see more of your private life in the novel.

Niklas: Fine, fine. Yes, I was…and still am…involved with Karolina, my ex. And before you paint me as some cold-hearted bastard, you have to understand that sometimes it felt like Karro and I were still bonded in a way that never quite manifested itself with Laney and me.

If Maybe Baby were a movie, I'd want Jon Hamm to play Niklas.

If Maybe Baby were a movie, I’d want Jon Hamm to play Niklas.

Me: How long have you been involved with her?

Niklas: It’s been a while. Laney probably thinks it’s been going on for years, but I can assure her—and you—it’s only been of a sexual nature for a little over a year.

Me: How did it start? And why did you stay with Laney if you wanted someone else?

Niklas: How does anything start, really? By chance. Always by chance. These things are never as calculated as people assume. Karro and I will always be bonded in some way— we have two children together, we were married for close to twelve years. That our marriage ended was something that always struck me as unexpected.

Me: Why is that?

Niklas: Well, you can’t possibly love as intensely as we did, as we still do, without making the assumption it will last until the end of days. That was what I’d assumed would be the case for Karro and myself. Neither of us was mentally prepared for how parenthood would affect us. How the arrival of children changes the dynamic of a relationship. In hindsight, I understand we were in flux, floundering as we tried to be the couple we were pre-children without adjusting to how one remains in love post-children. And for Karro the children came first, she loves them fiercely. And before you say anything, I am well aware that Laney doesn’t agree with this. But I think she’s looking at it from a very American perspective. Swedish parents want their children to have their own lives, to make their own decisions. And as Karro and I are both therapists, we understand the importance of giving children physical and emotional space.

Me: You still haven’t answered my question though. When did it start?

Niklas: Oh for the love of God, we were both drunk. We’d had too much to drink at a dinner party. Laney left early, I suppose she was bored. I know my nephew was hitting on her and she felt uncomfortable, so I told her to go home or go meet her cousin, Eddy. Karro and I had too many glasses of wine. I’m not going to recount every detail. Suffice to say, we ended up in bed together. And things kept bringing us back together.

Me: Things?

Niklas: Well, it was obvious Laney was dissatisfied. Before we went to New York, we were barely speaking. She didn’t tell you that, did she?

Me: No, she didn’t. So why weren’t you speaking?

Niklas: She was getting restless. And Siri was driving her mad. I I supposed I should have intervened but I assumed she’d be able to speak to Siri without it turning into a childish argument. In hindsight, I see that I should have taken Laney’s side. In the end, she was right—my daughter was out of control. But I was distracted… well, I should have supported her. Perhaps we wouldn’t have ended up as we did.

Me: How long did you know about Mads and Laney?

Niklas: I read the text messages he sent her when she first came back from Copenhagen. I thought he was someone she worked with. I thought she was having a harmless flirtation. But then I didn’t think about it for a while. Yes, she was distant, sometimes she was a bit secretive, but this was typical Laney. She ran hot and cold. Even when we first met, I had a hard time reading her. The moment I thought I’d figured her out, she’d do something that threw me for a loop.

Me: But were you certain…?

Niklas: I pieced it together. When I met him, I saw how he looked at her. I saw how she was looking at him. And I knew. But I told myself it was nothing. It was a crush. I didn’t think it would become more than that.

Me: Why did you wait so long to tell Laney about your vasectomy?

Niklas: I thought she knew. I was certain I’d told her.

Me: You never discussed it in the five years you were together?

Niklas: It simply never came up as a topic of conversation between us. I was certain she didn’t want children. She never seemed interested in them.

Me: But if you hadn’t had a vasectomy, would you have started a family with Laney?

Niklas: I honestly don’t know. Sometimes I think yes. Other times…no.

Me: Did you love Laney?

Niklas: I did. I still do. I don’t think she believes me. But I loved her, in my own way. And I know it’s not enough for her.

Getting to Know Mads from Maybe Baby

You met Laney. Now it’s time to meet Mads, the Dane who turned her life upside down. Imagine Laney and I are sitting in a pub not far from where he lives in the Nørrebro district in Copenhagen. It’s another cold day and he’s bundled up in fisherman’s sweater with what looks a thermal shirt underneath, a thick scarf, a pair of faded jeans and Blundstone boots. He doesn’t seem at all nervous. He’s more relaxed as he leans forward, waiting for the questions to commence

Me: How exactly did you break your nose?

Mads: (laughs) Everyone is a little obsessed with that. Yeah…I got punched in the face. Repeatedly. By a skinhead. I was defending a Somalian girl called Leylo who was in my class.  And yeah, I had a crush on her. I saw them bothering her and no one else would help her, so I stepped in. And those jerks punched me. She hit them with her backpack but there were too many of them. And I ended up with a broken nose and a black eye. But she did end up being my girlfriend for a couple of months. So I guess it was worth it.

Me: So Laney isn’t the first black woman you’ve dated?

Mads: No, but I was only sixteen, and she wasn’t really allowed to hang out with me. We mostly talked on the phone. Hung out at school since her parents didn’t really approve me. I don’t think that really counts. Neither of us really knew what we were doing.  Right after I moved back to Copenhagen, I met Nina, an Afro-Cuban dancer friend of Trine’s. It was never anything serious—I wanted it to be, but she hated living in Denmark and moved to Brazil, so that ended things.

Me: Were you really single when you first met Laney?

Mads: Yeah, actually I was. I wasn’t seeing anyone, wasn’t in any relationship. I guess I felt like I couldn’t do it…not while I was donating. It felt…weird.

If Maybe Baby were ever made into a movie, I’d want Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to play Mads.

If Maybe Baby were ever made into a movie, I’d want Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to play Mads.

Me: You’ve been a sperm donor for over a year. Did you know what you were getting into when you first decided to do it?

Mads: No…definitely not. Ida told me about, sold me on the idea. She said it would help me financially, and it did. I never saw sperm donation as something I wanted to do forever. I just wanted enough money to pay for my workspace, and help my grandmother out. Ida never told me about how weird it would be. She never said I’d have women who’d look me up online and then call me after they’d met me at a mingle.

Me: And yet you met Laney at a mingle.

Mads: (smiling) It’s ironic, isn’t it? I spent so much time trying to be aloof when it came to the women I met at those parties. I mean, I was there working. I had to get them interested in the clinic and in…me—but only as a means to an end. I didn’t want them interested in me as a possible partner. That was never how it worked. And then I met Laney. I know a lot of people get put off by how it happened. But they have to understand how unhappy she was, how unhappy I was until I met her. And how being together made us both feel complete.

Me: But you knew she was living with Niklas and you still pursued her.

Mads: You know when you meet someone and it’s like you just lose sense of what’s right or what’s wrong? All you know is you want to be with them? It’s hard to explain, but I felt this…clarity. I understood that she and I were cut from the same cloth. And we were supposed to be together. Then I saw her with Niklas, and I saw how she was with him. He didn’t love her. Not really. As soon as I met him and ask him a lot of questions about them and how they met…he was so…cocky. It was just wrong. They were wrong together.

Me: And you couldn’t have waited for her to leave him?

Mads: I probably should have waited, but…I love her. I don’t regret how we met or how we got together.

Me: Long before you met Laney, you lived in Stockholm and you were married, but it didn’t last. What happened?

Mads: I met Karin—she’s my ex-wife—when we were both art students at Konstfack. We were just kids. I think I was twenty, maybe twenty-one when we met and I was looking for someone to hold onto. I think Laney and I—we’ve both lost parents, we’ve both been abandoned by our surviving parents—so we look for these people who make us feel safe. And I thought I would feel it with Karen but it never really happened. We had no business getting married, but we never really thought it through. I asked her one night when we’d had a fight. I just wanted the fight to end and I was afraid I was going to lose her so I just blurted it out. And she said yes…but the whole time leading up to the wedding, it just felt like we were both too afraid to admit it was a mistake. We stayed together for a couple of years…we just drifted, sometimes it felt like we weren’t even a couple. And then my grandfather died and my grandmother was ill. I didn’t want to stay in Stockholm, I wanted to be there to help my grandmother, so I asked Karen if she’d move to Copenhagen.  And she said no.

Me: Do you think you’ll ever get married again?

Mads: I hope so. I feel like it’s in the cards.  She just has to say yes.