This week alone, I've been approached by a half dozen people who were curious about writing books - from the actual writing of the story, to how to get it into the hands of readers. To have people look at me for these answers is kind of incredible. I mean, I remember a year ago, … Continue reading So you’ve written a book. Now what?
A few months ago, I sent my book, A Symphony of Cicadas, to the "21st Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards." I had high hopes of placing, but mostly I was anxious about the promised commentary from the judge. Well, I didn't place. And I'll admit, I was totally bummed out. I forgot all … Continue reading What the judge had to say about A Symphony of Cicadas
Today I feel all warm and gushy inside. It’s the last day of 2013, and I can’t help feeling like I really lucked out in the good year department. I entered this year as a newlywed, coming off the high of marrying my best friend and blending our smorgasbord family into one. Then I published … Continue reading End of a pretty dang good year
That's right, we have a release date! The sequel to "A Symphony of Cicadas" is March 15th, 2014. That's when the answer to What happened to Joey???? will finally be answered. Today was kind of a milestone for me. After several rounds of editing, I finally reached the point where I feel I can't do … Continue reading Forever Thirteen, coming March 15, 2014
I just sent out my 2nd newsletter today. Didn't get it? That means you're not on my mailing list! Click on the "Subscribe to Newsletter" link above to get on my mailing list and not miss anything. Here's what was sent out today: Happy December! I hope everything is going smooth as you gear up … Continue reading December book news
The other day I showed a co-worker my new poetry book, Everything I Am Not Saying. She noticed I dedicated it to "Connor", and wondered who that was. I told her he was my third child who died just a few months before he was supposed to be born. She and I connected over our … Continue reading Brittle Leaves, a poem
Last night, I wrote out two words I'd been striving to reach since I started the journey of "Forever Thirteen" a little more than three months ago. To make the moment even more ceremonious, I had ditched the computer and scribbled the last 5,743 words into a spiral notebook, feeling every single word as it … Continue reading It’s finished! The anatomy of a novel, from start to THE END.
I left John alone in the apartment and found Sam huddled in the poor lighting of a pier a dozen blocks from the apartment. He sat at the edge, tossing tiny rocks one by one into the still water below. They lay gathered in a pile near his crossed legs, collected on his walk towards … Continue reading A stone’s throw of hurts
“A carnival?” I squealed. “That’s your distraction?” “Can you think of anything better?” she asked. I shook my head with a smile as I surveyed the grounds. I recognized this place; we’d traveled to the boardwalk carnival in Santa Cruz. I hadn’t been there since I was a child, and I flashed back to when … Continue reading Sexy, bald British men
I visualized the tall ceilings of the church, picturing the dark wood support beams that were in contrast with the white of the walls. I could see the sunlight streaming through the colorful glass windows that showed the scenes leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In my mind the communion was all … Continue reading Stained glass windows and the smell of burning incense