Cajun-Flavored Coffee, 13 lb. Triplets, and Book Edits

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 been recounting their dreaded editorial…

Memories

Hunting season starts this weekend, and it’s got me thinking about the time I went “hunting” with my dad. We traipsed through the woods for, like, FOREVER ~ he with his rifle on his shoulder and me looking like an escapee from a juvenile detention center in my humungous blaze orange jumpsuit so big on me the crotch hung to…

“Fireworks” written for the BSB Blog!

Hi Everyone, I am frequently asked about what inspired me to write GLBTQ young adult fiction. So when I was invited to write a blog post for the Bold Strokes Books Authors’ Blog, I thought this story might be a great way of answering that question as well as introducing my first book, Caught in the Crossfire. You can check…

Cover Reveal for Caught in the Crossfire!

Today rocked. It was one of those days when it was rainy outside and I was feeling sort of blech and then I got an email from Radclyffe, publisher at Bold Strokes Books, that changed everything! Yup, it was THE EMAIL. The one that delivered the final cover for Caught in the Crossfire, coming out on June 16th, 2014 !…

The Inner Critic vs. The Inner Artist

I do daily battle of this sort when it comes to my writing. Here’s how it goes: It’s early in my house. Dark, because I’m often up writing before the sun. The coffee pot is gurgling in the kitchen, but I’m not hearing it because I’m in the zone. I’ve got my temporary caffeine fix, Diet Coke, and a box…

The Problem with Stuff

I’m in a down-sizing frame of mind. The reason? I have too much house, too much yard, too much stuff. And though I strive to live quasi-clutter-free, I still feel the bulk of the life I’ve built pressing in on me. It’s Saturday morning and I’ve been giving serious thought to breaking one of my long-held resolutions. I’m considering a…

Searching for Grace, Under Contract!

I HAVE BIG NEWS!!! Searching for Grace, the sequel to Caught in the Crossfire, has been contracted for publication by Bold Strokes Books. It is tentatively scheduled to be released Fall, 2014 following Caught in the Crossfire’s release in the Spring of 2014. Wow!!! I don’t even know how to wrap my head around all this AMAZING news much less find…

The Intolerable Case of the In-betweens

I’ve got a bad case of the in-betweens. I am: in-between draft 2 and draft 3 of the sequel. (Or sequel 2.5 as I like to call it). in-between the miracle of signing a publishing contract and the workload that follows. in-between aspiring and achieving. And I’m restless. I crave that unrelenting drive to write that typically fuels me. I…

For The Love Of A Good Dog

I’m a dog lover. Specifically, I’m a dachshund lover. My current fur baby is  five-year-old Bella (wire-haired and piebald). She’s total characters and has me wrapped around her little paws.   Here’s proof: It’s raining like crazy in Minnesota today. I’d say it’s raining cats and dogs, but Bella wouldn’t approve. This onslaught became an issue in my household this…

Deep Roots

I want to be this tree. Why? Because it’s old and weathered and strong. I look at it and I see roots that plunge deep into the earth and anchor it, no matter what storms come its way. I want to be this tree because its branches are broad enough to shelter all the people I love. I want to…