Margo Hoornstra

Margo Hoornstra

Jan 032018

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau

Through the magic of my current work in progress I actually happen to be doing that. The first part at least, the dreaming side of it. My characters are the ones living the lives I’ve imagined.

As a true pantser, I have no outline to speak of. I’m simply putting my characters together to learn about each other as I discover surprising things about them. And, I am on a roll. That’s because I’m in what I affectionately term, “the stream of consciousness phase.” Writing the anything goes, no matter how bad it sounds first draft.

In other words, I’m in Pantser Paradise.

This much I know for sure. He’s a police officer moonlighting as a movie star, she’s a twice widowed mother of two who doesn’t know it yet, but she’s pregnant. Add a villain masquerading as a good guy, and the fun begins.

As for the confidence and direction, I have that too. Sort of.

Unusual for me, I’m deviating some from my pantser roots, because I know exactly how this one ends.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the middle.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the December 6th posting of the IWSG will be Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner

Dec 062017

On The Surface, (put in buy link if appropriate. If not leave it out) my latest book to be published by The Wild Rose Press, released world-wide on September 29, 2017. This multi-published journey of mine began in earnest in 2007 and has been going strong ever since.


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Nov 012017

Someone asked me an interesting question once. If I could spend time with any author, living or dead, who would I choose? There are so many storytellers I admire and whose work I enjoy, it was tough to decide on only one. Finally, though, I settled on Phyllis Whitney. My heroine, if you will, when I was younger, and I remain a huge fan. She started out writing short stories, selling well over a hundred, and wrote books for both adults as well as children. The author of more than seventy novels—thirty nine of them with a Gothic twist—she was a true pioneer in the romantic suspense genre so popular today.

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Oct 042017

Not only have some of us heard a form of the above from a frustrated adolescent we are equally frustrated at trying raise, I, for one, have thrown those same words at whatever WIP I’m struggling to finish and submit.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t.

As with all things new, an undeveloped story idea is, in many ways, a gift. Something that comes to you from who knows where. Pristine and fresh. Ready and anxious to grow. So you grab hold and run with it.

Things go along fine for quite some time. You and your characters are getting along beautifully. Everyone is happy and content to do exactly what is expected of them. Life is good. Life is grand. Continue reading »

Sep 062017

This is the third and final installment of Anatomy of a First Book, the saga detailing the journey to publication for my first book – Honorable Intentions, a single father romance with a mistaken identity twist.

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Aug 022017

Welcome to the second installment of Anatomy of a First Book. The initial post titled The Value of a Second Opinion began the chronicle of my, rather my editor Kathy and my journey to the publication of, as the title suggests, my first book.

Ever notice how we writers always seem to speak in the possessive? But, I digress.

Honorable Intentions is a contemporary romance which can best be described as Anna and The King sail to Alaska with his out of wedlock, teenaged daughter complicated by Father Knows Best meets The Nanny.

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Jul 052017

Working on the edits of my first full-length book Honorable Intentions with editor extraordinaire Kathy Cottrell was for me an eye opening and, most times, enjoyable experience.

The hero, Chase, meets the heroine, Samantha, in a coffee shop one morning. Acting on a dare from a spurned co-worker who’s told her she needs to loosen up and learn to flirt, Samantha comes on to the first man she comes across, Chase, like a steamy seductress. Her efforts are rewarded, if that’s the right word, in a heart stopping kiss from the handsome stranger she now can’t seem to forget. Continue reading »

Jun 072017

Ever wonder what the world would be like if you were never born? In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey got to see the impact he had on the lives of others. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to calculate our own worth.

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Apr 052017

A good book isn’t written, it’s re-written ~ Phyllis A. Whitney

As an insecure writer extraordinaire, here’s one of many stories about my own writing journey.

Saturday In Serendipity is a compilation of three novellas which revolve around a twentieth high school reunion at Serendipity High School. Serendipity is a mid-sized town located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont.

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