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Shopping for Crazy at Love Is An Exploding Cigar

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

When I decided to write a comedic mystery series about a female psychologist and her crazy family, friends, and patients, I knew I was going to have to research various mental disorders. Little did I know what I would discover about myself!

In shopping for crazy people to inhabit my story, one place I turned to was the “DSM” or “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” While reading through the diagnoses, it didn’t take long for me to realize I had a crap load of issues. For example, I’m fairly convinced that I have ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, combined with maybe a sprinkling of passive aggressiveness and something akin to bipolar illness. Bipolar people spend too much money. That would explain why my large storage closet resembles a strip mall. In my defense, I try to buy things on sale all year because I have so many gifts to give at Christmas. Still, my unprofessional diagnosis of myself was scary. Also, menopause brings a lot of mood swings. What if I have multiple personality disorder as well, I thought! Knowing what I know, I’m almost afraid to be alone with myself. (this is a guest blog at Love Is An Exploding Cigar, Please see the rest of it and comment):

Reminiscing on My First Sale in an Interview at Dear Author

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I ran a licensed daycare at the time of my first sale. It was a way for me to earn income and stay home with my two little boys, both under the age of three. I had a total of six children under the roof of my house from 7 AM to 7 PM. I highly don’t recommend that career path. If one kid gets a runny nose, they all get runny noses. Same with diarrhea.

I’d simultaneously submitted a manuscript to several agents, but weeks had passed and I hadn’t had time to worry about it because, well, there were SIX CHILDREN in my house! And one of them had a habit of biting people.

It was lunch time, and I busier than a one-armed paper hanger, trying to get food on the table and keep an eye on The Biter. The noise level in my kitchen was multiple decibels higher than what somebody from OSHA would have deemed safe, so when I answered the phone I could barely hear the person on the other end. Somebody from such-and-such was interested in representing my book.

I figured I hadn’t heard right. I was mistaken. Or maybe it was a scam. Only a week before, some publishing company had called to sell magazines. My husband answered the phone and all he heard were the words “publishing” and thought I’d just made my first sale. He yelled out to me, “Hey, there’s a publishing company on the telephone. I think they want to buy your book.” I broke three fingernails and stubbed my big toe trying to get to the phone. In the end, I order four magazines from them.

But the nice lady on the other end of the line was from a literary agency…

To read the entire interview see the site where she is guest blogging in support of NUTCASE on the VIRTUALLY NUTS online book tour:  Go to Dear Author

Watching My Characters Come to Life at Romance Novel TV

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

One of the happiest days of my life was selling my first book to Bantam’s Loveswept line in 1986. I walked on air for days. I couldn’t wait to see my book cover which would actually flesh out the main characters that I’d created in my head!

Some months back, I was contacted by the VP of a major film company who’d read the first book of my new Crazy series, titled WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY, and thought it would make a great TV series.

Now, before I go any further, let me say that the chances of something like this happening is a LONGSHOT so I’m not getting my hopes up. A number of authors have had their books optioned, but nothing ever came of it.
Still, I’m allowed to fantasize!

For those of you who are not familiar with my CRAZY series… (For more see the whole post at):

                      Romance Novel TV

The Big Secret of Getting Published (Guest Blog on Virtually Nuts Tour)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

When I became interested in writing, some twenty-five years ago, I began taking classes, attending conferences, and reading everything I could get my hands on that would teach me the craft of writing. At the very first conference I attended, I met an author who had actually published – gasp – 14 books! Holy cow! I was in awe. I wanted to wash her feet in Chanel and dry each toe with my hair. Why? Because I wanted to know her Big Secret to getting published. To read the rest of the guest blog by Charlotte (and to comment there) go to:

Interview at Much Cheaper Than Therapy

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Virtually Nuts, the online book tour is underway. Stop and see Charlotte at 11 sites in a month. Today she is having coffee and an interview at Much Cheaper Than Therapy:

Charlotte’s Nutcase Virtual Blog Tour

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

More details to follow as we firm them up. Charlotte Hughes will be doing a real life book tour for NUTCASE as well but this will be her first virtual  book our:

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March 5th-

March 10th- (concludes the tour & includes a chat)

The Magic of Books and Gardens

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

By Peggy Webb (Guest blog- Mississipian Peggy Webb is the author of 64 novels, including Driving Me Crazy which was submitted for a Pulitzer. Beloved for her comedy and lyrical writing, she has turned her talents from romance to mystery with her debut Southern Cousins Mystery Series ).

I have four lush and lovely English gardens at my house, and I created every one of them from scratch. When I moved into the little cottage where I write with three dogs at my feet, I had eight shrubs lined along the front porch. They looked like meatballs. Looking out the window at that pitiful display inspired nothing in me except the urge to pull the shrubs out by the screaming roots and start all over.

You see, great gardens are like great books; both require vision, planning, hard work and the talent to make them grow.

I started my gardens with a barren patch of earth underneath a giant pecan tree and a venerable cedar. It took almost a year to haul camellias and daisy gardenias up from Fairhope, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida then plant Columbine, bearded iris and every variety of daffodil known to man. Next I collected old brick from my farm and laid a winding pathway through the newly named Enchanted Garden. The finishing touch was a pergola complete with climbing roses and Carolina jasmine. I dug every hole, planted every flower, hauled every brick and even built the pergola (with help from my daughter-in-law).We played the Tom Sawyer trick of making the building project look like such fun, the neighbors joined in.

Additionally, I now have the Angel Garden, Sugar’s Garden and the Secret Garden. In the way of every great garden and every great book, they provide year-round magic.

Where do you find your magic? What parallels do you see between gardens and books? What’s growing in your garden and sitting in your bookshelves? I’d love to hear from you!

ELVIS AND THE DEARLY DEPARTED by Peggy Webb is in bookstores NOW!   It’s the first book of her new comedic SOUTHERN COUSINS MYSTERY SERIES, starring the zany Valentine cousins and a sleuthing Basset hound who thinks he’s the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Think “Stepahnie Plum meet Fried Green Tomatoes.”   When the body of a prominent  psysician goes missing from Uncle Charlie’s Eternal Rest Funeral home, the Valentine cousins (and Elvis, too, of course) set out in hot pursuit of the recently imbalmed, last bound for Las Vegas by way of downtown Tupelo.  Her website is at