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I am deep into my next novel, Running in Circles, the sequel to Running Against Traffic. Paige Scott is back in Philadelphia, and she is, among other things, wading through the murky waters of her past relationships, trying to make sense of them in order to move forward. It got me thinking about successful relationships - what are the key elements? What are the secrets of the couples who are truly happy to be together? Thoughts? I would love to post a blog devoted solely to your responses.


  1. Highly energetic blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

  2. I think one key is the ability to laugh. Find humor in the small things even when it is a potential catastrophe. Also, being able to really listen to the other person and hear what they are saying. Being able to have your own interests and also things you enjoy doing together. Just a few thoughts.

  3. The key to a successful relationship is communication and patience. Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right? Sometimes knowing when to apologize and diffuse uneasy situations can be helpful too. Honesty is also a key trait that must exist in every relationship. I’d also like to add that being able to apologize and see situations from the other person’s perspective is helpful.

    Hope this helps.

  4. I hope to read your book soon. I can definitely relate to it as I am navigating my way thru a very “murky” marriage. After 15 years together I am finally ready to take the next step and I want out finally. Not easy with 3 kids! I was an Emerson graduate too but took an entirely different career path!