The Writing Life

The *Joy* of Summertime

An open letter to my 5 year old: Honey, I love you. I love that you’re so enthusiastic about art. I love that you’re proud of your art, but it’s time to sit down and have an honest conversation. When I’m working, I need to work. Now, my work can be anything from reading to … Continue reading The *Joy* of Summertime


The Work of Selling

Happy Wednesday! My dear friends, there is something I think very few of us writers and none of our readers really understand: writing a book is hard. Publishing is harder. Selling is.... And everything that comes after? Well, even the pros occasionally get run down by it all. It's something I've found too few people … Continue reading The Work of Selling

Characters, Volume 1: The Knight in Shining Armor

This post is volume 1 of my Characters Series where I will attempt to discuss and explore a few of the various archetypes popular in genre fiction today.  ~ ~ ~ The Knight in Shining Armor/White Knight/Ideal Hero...You get the idea. We know this character: Steve Rogers, Chaol Westfall, Prince Charming, Harry Potter There are … Continue reading Characters, Volume 1: The Knight in Shining Armor


Oh, Twitter. For those of you not following the roasting of a certain author on Twitter this past weekend, you missed a fun time. And, also a scary one. #CockyGate: A romance author sought and received a trademark on the individual word "cocky" in all forms using a stylized font, enforceable in the romance genre. … Continue reading #CockyGate

Twitter in the KidLit Community

Anyone who's been on Twitter for five minutes knows it's a beast. Fast paced and ever evolving, Twitter is a social media platform that never stops. I joined Twitter in 2010. Back then it was basic, not everyone was there yet, and most people were just trying to figure out what it was and how … Continue reading Twitter in the KidLit Community

Queen’s Lament Teaser

It's coming! Queen's Lament is one of my long time favorite projects, which is actually an extreme deviation from one of my first completed novels. I'm excited to get this novel finished and edited this spring. I first drafted QL for NaNoWriMo 2015. It was a random idea, sprouting from a scene that hasn't made … Continue reading Queen’s Lament Teaser

The Creative Well

One of the main topics up for discussion in writer's groups is "what do you do when the ideas dry up?" I know some writers who stress over the idea of inspiration--that writing can't happen unless the muse is present and actively whispering sweet nothing plot devices into your ear. I'm not saying it's wrong...but … Continue reading The Creative Well

Those Projects

I've been writing a long time. Back when I was in high school, I made a serious commitment to myself that I was going to write a novel before I graduated and I did. From beginning to end, I wrote a novel using characters based off people I knew set in a dystopian world back … Continue reading Those Projects