And the Award Goes to…

Perseverance! Every year I watch the Academy awards and listen to all the speeches about not giving up on your dreams. No matter how many obstacles are in your way—whether it’s time, money, people, or self-doubt—just keep on believing! The words would shoot sparks of creative motivation through my body and I’d be inspired to start a new project or …

Book of the Month Goals

Welcome to February! How many resolutions are still in full swing? I like to set goals instead of resolutions. Goals sound more friendly and achievable. Some of them include, read more, write more, eat more healthy foods. So, as I snack on some Girl Scout cookies, I’m here to tackle two things on this list—because it’s more fun when you …

You Probably Think This Post is About You

Often I’m asked where I get ideas for a blog post, novel, screenplay, etc. While there are many sources available–from writing prompts online to offering an opinion on current events–I tend to find more inspiration from this thing called, life. Writing about what I know has many advantages: 1. I don’t need to check my sources, only my scrapbooks. 2. …

A note to the guy in the Friend Zone

While some may dread being dropped in the friend zone, it isn’t the worst place to be. Would you rather we cut off all ties and forms of communication? If so, you probably didn’t really like the one who put you in the zone in the first place. No matter how you ended up there, there was a reason. Most …

Editing and writing

The 3 Stages of Editing

There are many ways to go about editing a piece of writing, and writers should find the process that best works for them and their style. Though some may highly disagree, I edit while I write. I know, I know. You may have heard that the best way to write is to get all your ideas down first without even …

Let it Go: Dealing with a Mini Meltdown

Nothing starts a day off right like a mini meltdown. Thankfully, mine came in the form of a laughing fit that may have been hysterical to me, but I think it scared some of my coworkers. It was triggered by one simple email–what would have been a normal work email with another last-minute copy change that I should be used …

Off the grid

Going Off the Grid

Ah, the simple life. I’ve always dreamed of going off the grid, unplugging, living a life less crazed. Some have done this by traveling to the middle of nowhere either for a visit or to start their less hectic life. Others simply go dark on social media. They disconnect for a time to focus on more important things–like what’s beyond …

Blogging

A Day in the Life of This Writer

For a writer working on a novel, a day off isn’t necessarily a day off. There’s always something to do. Research, writing, and rewriting becomes more important than binge watching shows and napping all afternoon. At least it should be more important. Recently, I took a day off in the middle of the week. Let’s see how it went, shall …

Website

A Guide to Navigating This New Website

Welcome! You made it! You may not know it, but this website baby is brand-spanking new. I’m talking about months of planning, writing, coding, testing–no blood, but some sweat and happy tears were shed, all in the name of this mobile-friendly, search-engine-optimized, marketing platform. If you were here before, you may remember my templated website filled with travel pics and …

Nanowrimo Mojo

Writers reJOICE! It’s NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. the month we all get to hunker down and release that novel that’s been hiding inside us for who knows how long. November is National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to get 50,000 words down in 30 days, but I say–forget the rules and just WRITE! Use this month as motivation …

Writer's Digest review

And The Review Goes To…

As part of the ongoing process of sharing my novel, Remember, with the world, I entered it into one of Writer’s Digests contests, and now I have just received their rave review! The response from friends, family, and Amazon reviews have been wonderful, and now Remember has received high marks in structure, pacing, voice, development, appeal, and more from a …

Reviews for remember

A Month to REMEMBER

It’s April! April is not just about spring showers, budding flowers, and warmer weather–all of which are fabulous, but there’s much more to this month. April is a time of rebirth…and my birth! So what if my friends and family laugh at me for celebrating the entire month. I love April and everything it brings, so I’m going to celebrate …

Gift of reviews

A Gift From You: 32 for 32

Another year, another birthday, another goal to reach. As I get older, birthdays are more about tracking progress than counting years. Where have I been, what have I accomplished, how have I grown–mentally, spiritually, and emotionally? Thinking back on all the blessings of the past 32 years, I’m more than grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way …

Remember Dr. Ormond

REMEMBER Cast: Dr. Ormond

What’s a paranormal story without a little touch of evil? In REMEMBER, Dr. Ormond may be portrayed as the creepy doctor with supernatural powers, but we also see another side of him that evokes more empathy. 1. Full Name: Dr. Jack Ormond
 2. Nicknames: Dr. Creepypants, Dr. McSnarky, Dr. Telepathic, Dr. Crazy, Dr. Weird, Dr. Strange, Dr. O
 3. Age: …

Remember Billy

REMEMBER Cast: Billy

Everyone loves Billy, or at least they should. This lovable nerd is smart, funny, and a personal favorite character in REMEMBER. 1. Full Name (and meaning): William (Will, desire, protection)
 2. Nicknames: Billy
 3. Age: 17 
4. Physical description: brown hair, grey/blue eyes, skinny, average height 
5. Career: Student, Craft Service Assistant
 6. Hobbies: reading comic books, playing the tuba, …

Remember Wynn

REMEMBER Cast: Wynn

Meet Wynn: the bad-boy New Yorker turned sweet and sassy Midwesterner that steals Nev’s heart. While a majority of his role in REMEMBER is told in flashbacks, this interview provides a little more insight into who he truly is. 1. Full Name (and meaning): Wynn Miller (friend)
 2. Nicknames: My friends in NY used to call me Wynnsical since I …

Remember Neviah

REMEMBER Cast: Neviah

Now that REMEMBER has officially launched, I thought I would introduce some of the main characters to give a little of their personal backgrounds and a little preview of what you may expect from them in the novel. A few characters share their points of view in the novel, so I decided to interview each of them, and for the …

Remember novel launch

Ready to Launch

Yesterday’s REMEMBER launch party was more than I could have hoped for! The show of support from family and friends, both new and old, was a bit overwhelming at first, but all in a wonderful way. I was honored to have Sarah Graham and Thane Madsen play Neviah and Wynn for the theatrical reading (shown above), they even looked like …

Special preview

Labor Day Special

In honor of the holiday weekend, I’m DELIVERING a special free preview of a chapter from REMEMBER. The theme of the scene gives a whole new meaning to Labor Day! Hope you enjoy the weekend and the following passage: SUMMER AFTER JUNIOR YEAR “Is everything all right?” I asked. Mom didn’t usually shake so much while pouring iced tea.    …

Published now promotions

Publishing Down, Promotions To Go

REMEMBER has been out for one week and the response has been thrilling! Family and friends are showing their support in words and book sales, and so far, the book reviews are all positive. Now the task is to ramp up promotions and spread the word beyond those who already know my name. This is where things start to get …

Back on track, for real

As new writers can understand, it can be difficult staying on track with your writing. Some of my teachers may think I’m making excuses, but I like to call it making new goals.  February may have been a post-free month here, but it was filled with new transitions. One of the biggest ones was going from unemployed to fully employed.  …

New year new goals

New Year and New Goals

OK, so it’s almost February already, but it’s never too late to make (or break) new resolutions, right?  The big reso this year is to focus more on writing, hence the promise to myself to keep up two blogs and a variety of children’s book manuscripts.  One big step was finally joining the SCBWI, step 2 was attending my first …

Journal writing

Just Keep Writing, Writing, Writing

Still trying to find a balance between writing and travel. With all the travel planning for my round-the-world trip coming up at the end of the month, I must admit I have slacked a bit in writing. However, now I feel I’m back on track with multiple queries out to agents and publishers for my children’s books and articles. I’ve …

Facebook and Twitter and Blogging, oh my

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are household names. Everyone from Grandma to Fido have a page and even inanimate objects have been know to tweet. Why? Whatever’s trending is what everybody is talking about, which is a pretty big deal–especially for those trying to grow a business. As a writer, I’ve always been told social media is one …

Freelance uniform

Freelance Fancy Pants

Freelance sounds so freeing. Make your own hours, have your pick of jobs, live the dream. All of this could very well be just that–all a dream. Today was my second official day of unemployment, which I would prefer to call “self-discovery.” One thing I did discover is that I’m much lazier when I stay in pajamas all day, what …

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Let’s Start at the Beginning

The Beginning After spending a weekend at the Chestnut Hill Book Festival, I feel much more inspired and motivated to write. I’ve also never had so many people tell me to start a website, Facebook page, blog, and twitter as I did in those 48 hours, so this is me taking their advice! However, with all the social media I’ve …