I'm on my lunch break right now, taking a class where the teacher is really into breaks. "Shall we take a break?" he asks every 30 minutes, which sounds awesome, except I'd rather get out early than take frequent breaks. Our dinner break is an actual 1 hour and 40 minutes (it's an 8-hour class), … Continue reading Just a place
At the start of 2018, I dedicated this year to confidence. I aimed to build on my confidence and become more surefooted in my endeavors, my path, and make solid steps toward my future. A few days after making this vow, I agreed to be my mother-in-law’s caretaker for a week. That week turned into … Continue reading Stepping out of the shame storm to embrace confidence
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.
Book-release hangover is real. Or maybe I should say vulnerability hangover. I go through it every single time I write or release a book. Writing it, editing it, tweaking it, gathering excitement about it, feeling so proud of it, releasing it to the world. And then, the hangover. I released Hope at the Crossroads on … Continue reading Book-release hangover is real
Hope at the Crossroads is available now! Take a journey with Maddie, a teen mom figuring out life while raising her daughter Hope in the heart of Wine Country. Hope at the Crossroads is now available in print and Kindle on Amazon. bit.ly/hopecrossroadskindle This is Book 2 of the Hope series, a trilogy that began … Continue reading Just published! Hope at the Crossroads, Book 2 of the Hope series
As I gear up for the release of Hope at the Crossroads (Oct. 24!), I thought I'd take a moment to share about my writing process. I always love reading how other authors crank out their novels, don't you?First, I fully admit that I'm not writing any books at the moment. My focus is on … Continue reading Writing process: How to write a novel fast
Back in November, I battened down the hatches and cleared my schedule to take part in yet another NaNoWriMo. As you may remember, I really grappled with whether I would actually write a novel this year. I’d just started school, and it was taking up a good portion of my time. I eventually made a … Continue reading Two novels, four months. Here’s how.
This past Saturday, I was one of the featured readers at the Redwood Writers Open Mic event at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa. What's cool about being the featured reader at this event is I get to read from my novel for 20 full minutes. What's terrifying is I get to read from my novel … Continue reading The introverted author and reading on stage
I’m about to tell you about the book that almost never was. Every year I write a book for National Novel Writing Month in November. This last year, however, I was stumped. I had just written Reclaim Your Creative Soul, and that book took a lot of energy out of me. I figured I would … Continue reading The book that almost never was