One of my main goals with taking a temporary break from publishing is to slow down. But what does that mean? Right now, admittedly, my life already seems kind of slowed down, at least by my standards. I’m on the final two weeks of my Family Leave, and haven’t stepped foot in our bustling newsroom … Continue reading What it looks like to slow down
Five years ago this March, I published my very first book, A Symphony of Cicadas. I wrote that book on the heels of my wedding and honeymoon, sent it off to an editor, learned all about self-publishing, and then released it on a hope and a prayer, and lots and lots of expectations. Oh, I … Continue reading Truth telling: 5 years into this author journey, I need a change
When I first became an author, one of the most vital resources I found to get my books out there and connect with readers was Goodreads. I loved that you could join or create groups to connect with other readers who liked the same kinds of books, find new books through friend suggestions, review books, … Continue reading Goodreads yanks giveaways from small-time authors, and I’m mad
Well, hello there! It’s been five days since Hope for the Broken Girl published, so I naturally did a bit of a disappearing act. Being my 10th book, I’m finally accepting that about myself. I put all my soul and energy into a book, and then want to hide under a rock once it’s out … Continue reading Book number ten is in the bag
5 more days! Hope for the Broken Girl releases Feb. 5, and completes the Hope series trilogy with the rest of Maddie and Hope's story. Are you as excited as I am??? Just a warning, this series deals with some heavy topics, including domestic violence. This is not a G-rated book. Read more about the … Continue reading Sneak peek at Hope for the Broken Girl, releasing Feb. 5
As a book lover, I can’t think of a better way to stick to your goals than by reading inspirational books. Here are the books I’ve found to be extremely life-changing.
Happy last day of 2017! Something that’s really stayed with me the past few days is my tendency to compare my life with others’, or to be consumed by jealousy over things I wish I could do. Here are a few examples: – I recently saw gorgeous photos on Instagram this one woman did of … Continue reading This beautiful life
Come Here, Cupcake is the featured book over at AlzAuthors, a community of writers who use themes of Alzheimer’s or Dementia in their memoirs or novels. Check it out here:
I'm reading "Make Your Words Work," by Gary Provost, an essential book for every writer. This is a book I wish I'd read before ever attempting to write a novel. I've barely scratched the surface, and already I've learned so much. One of the exercises in the book was to write a paragraph using all … Continue reading Writing exercise: Using all 5 senses
Hi. I’m back. Negative Nelly took over my blog yesterday, apparently, and had a field day. She does that sometimes. I think it has something to do with letting off some steam, so I allow her the space to do that, mostly in my personal journal, but sometimes here, as well. She wants me to … Continue reading Today is a new day.