Everything goes dark as the car submerges completely, and my breath comes in short gasps. It’s all I can hear above the rushing river and the metal against glass as I continue my attempts at escape.
When I'm not writing, I'm reading. Here are some of the books I've loved the most.
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I really appreciate this article at Writing and Wellness about how I wrote The Road to Hope. If you've read this book, as well as the rest of the Hope series, you likely know it was based on a few real events from my life - including losing a child. Here's more on that: Writing … Continue reading Writing a Novel About the True-Life Loss of a Child
As a Sonoma County resident, I love reading books that are based around here. Some of the world's best authors have called Sonoma County their home, including Jack London and Jack Kerouac, who have both written about Sonoma County in their novels. That one time my kid thought I was one of the most famous … Continue reading 5 books set in Sonoma County
Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
This year, I set out to read 100 books. We are now almost 1/4 of the way through the year, and I’ve just reached the quarter mark of my reading goal with 25 books. To celebrate, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite books I’ve read this year. At the end, I’ll share … Continue reading 4 of my favorite books I’ve read this year (so far)
A few years ago, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw every parent’s nightmare unfold in front of me. A woman was gathering fruit from the bin while her toddler stood in the large part of the grocery cart. Without warning, the cart tipped and the toddler fell to the ground. The mother … Continue reading Inconvenient inspiration, and how to seize it before it slips away
A friend of mine was telling me about a young writer she knows who was having some serious doubts about her writing. Man, do I know how that feels! I think any of us who have discovered the joy of writing have also discovered the weight of it, too. A few years back I wrote … Continue reading How to silence your inner writing critic
At the beginning of this month, I joined thousands of readers to read Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick of the month. From what I could tell, Reese chooses a lot of fun novels that her reader fans love reading together. I thought it would be fun to turn my passion for reading into one that … Continue reading Quit or continue: What to do if you don’t like the book you’re reading