Hello everyone! I know I've been super quiet on my blog for the past month, but I have a good reason. Actually, I have a quite a few good reasons. The first reason is that I have been busy launching The Crossfire Trilogy by introducing the world to Caught in the Crossfire, the first book. This … Continue reading Why I’ve Been So Quiet
I'm sitting in the airport at Charlotte, waiting for my flight to bring me home to Minneapolis. The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of book readings from Minnesota to Wisconsin to North Carolina, where I have been working to give my first book, Caught in the Crossfire, its best chance at finding its readership. I've read … Continue reading Thoughts from the Charlotte Airport
(Originally written for and posted on Clutter Your Kindle, June 10th, 2014) Have you ever loved a book so much you grieved when it ended? Have you ever re-read a book simply because it felt like visiting a good friend? Yeah, me too. I’m convinced that books like those share one common denominator: they are filled … Continue reading HOW TO USE INTERVIEWS TO WRITE PEOPLE, NOT CHARACTERS
I received an email recently from a reader named Rachel about my blog post titled, "I Met A Lady One Night Last Week," originally published on May 22nd, 2014. First, let me say that I love hearing from readers. You may always write me at email@example.com. I will write back. Secondly, let me say how much fun it was … Continue reading Keep the Emails Coming!
And she was stunning. Though not in a young and firm and brimming with idealistic optimism sort of way. No, this lady was weathered, full of hard-won wisdom, and capable of captivating me utterly. "Thank you!" I said that first evening when the rain sprang up and I was caught unprepared. She offered me her … Continue reading I Met a Lady One Night Last Week
So I'm just about as excited as I could possibly be. Why? Because in a little over a week I'm heading to the French Quarter in New Orleans for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival! Here are the things that I'm the most excited about: 1.) Exploring the French Quarter with my son. Matthias has … Continue reading NOLA Bound!
Dear Aspiring Writer at The Loft Literary Center's Children's and Young Adult Conference, First, it was such an honor to meet so many of you last weekend. I loved those moments after panels when we had a few minutes and you told me about where you are on your journey. I want you to know what … Continue reading Open Letter to The Loft’s YA Conference Attendees
Not today, but soon. So I'm awake at 3:30 this morning, thinking about what that means. Beyond, of course, the fact that I now wake up at 3:30 in the morning with more frequency than can be assigned to many other facets of my life. Hormones. They're a fickle thing, baby. But they're not the … Continue reading I’m turning 48
Here it is, everyone, the final cover for my second book, SEARCHING FOR GRACE! SQUEE! Thank you Len Barot and Sheri (BSB Cover Artist)! I LOVE IT! Book 2 of The Crossfire Novels! RELEASING SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 FROM BOLD STROKES BOOKS! THE BLURB: First it’s a rumor. Then it’s a fact. And then it’s on. … Continue reading Cover Reveal for Searching for Grace!
The moment I've been waiting a year for has finally come. Edits for Caught in the Crossfire have arrived and it's fantastic. Of course, I didn't know it was going to be like that. I thought it was going to be painful and tear-producing and darling-killing, because, you see, most of the writers I know have … Continue reading Cajun-Flavored Coffee, 13 lb. Triplets, and Book Edits