Making Your Write Night Right
Aug03

Making Your Write Night Right

It's Thursday night and I'm sitting with my friend Gaby Robbins at Panera. We are supposed to be writing, but we're spending time catching up and chatting about what we want to write. There is nothing wrong with girl time…Gaby and I try to carve these nights out at least twice a month. But, there has to be a better way to utilize our time. via GIPHY With so much on our To Do Lists, we feel guilty when everything...

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Finding Your Finish Line
Apr22

Finding Your Finish Line

After running what felt like a marathon, I've finished my latest rough draft. The words poured out of me for three months like sweat. And, Friday evening I brought the first novel, in a three-book series, to a satisfying close. A few days before my personal deadline, it was as if the finish line came into view and I started sprinting. My fingers felt the burn. Taking a few deep breaths over the weekend, I rested up. I...

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Back in the Saddle (Shoes) Again
Jul15

Back in the Saddle (Shoes) Again

I’m not even going to try to use horseback riding metaphors in an attempt to paint a picture of me constantly being bucked off my calendar when it comes to writing. But, I will point out that recently writing has mirrored the struggle of keeping my shoes tied. Have you ever had a day when your shoestrings repeatedly came loose, slapping the pavement and threatening to end you in a face plant? Having the kids at home in the...

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Barnes & Noble B-Fest: June10-12
Jun02

Barnes & Noble B-Fest: June10-12

I’m so excited to be involved with B-Fest at Barnes & Noble next weekend! And not just because I’m on Saturday’s panel, signing copies of Descent & Defend, or helping with the Writing Workshop. This is going to a great even for readers! Barnes & Nobles is taking three days to celebrate the best books for teens! Friday is B-In the Know, Saturday is B-First and B-Part of the Fun, and Sunday is B-Creative!...

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VOTE in UTOPiA Awards 2016
May15

VOTE in UTOPiA Awards 2016

This weekend I found out two of my projects have been nominated for THREE different UTOPiA Awards! (Best Series Finale: DEFEND, Best Buddy: ALEXIS, & Best Anthology: Supernatural Chronicles)        I feel so honored to be nominated for these UTOPiA Awards! If you have the time, please go vote for your favorite nominees! *You can only vote once.* http://bit.ly/VOTE_UTOPiA_Awards2016 Voting ends Friday, May 27, 2016...

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How Does Your Autobiography Read?
Feb13

How Does Your Autobiography Read?

Auto-: a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words. Biography: a written account of another person’s life. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? I would argue that my life isn’t interesting enough or that trying to pen all the thoughts in my head might cause a paper shortage. I don’t even read autobiographies. In the back of my mind,...

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Wading in Gray
Feb05

Wading in Gray

We love putting our characters smack-dab in the middle of a fork in the road. When they struggle with deciding between right and wrong, it makes them relatable. There’s something about this type of moral dilemma that compels readers to race from chapter to chapter. We root for our hero to choose the high road or for our heroine to save the day; we’re yanked down the rabbit hole with them when they get sidetracked. The gray...

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Cannonball!
Jan14

Cannonball!

I’ve been all talk these first few weeks of 2016. I was hoping the motivational jargon coming out of my mouth would inspire written words. Alas, I’ve only allowed myself to be distracted and aloof. I’m ’bout to get my rear in gear, and cannonball into my writing. The writing waters are cold, and I know because I’ve hesitantly dipped my toes in the shallow end of the pool the first few weeks of January....

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