April 6, 2018

 I started a new manuscript.

Let's do that again.

I started a new manuscript!!!! Phew. Now that that's out, let me take a breath. 

This will be my 3rd novel (4th if you count the never published 1st novel I wrote that was all kinds of horrid), and I am still trying to fee...

March 27, 2018

Today is a great day. The sun is out, the air is warming up (80 degrees, y'all!), and I have officially turned in my latest manuscript to my agent. I feel like I've crawled out of a cave and am seeing the sun for the first time in MONTHS! 

I finished this manuscrip...

January 30, 2018

I've just finished TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, by John Green, author of the mega-hit THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

I wanted to review this book for so many different reasons, but most of all because it made me feel so many different things--extraordinarily anxious, upset, annoy...

January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!!! Things around my house have been so busy with the kids out of school for the Christmas break, that I've had very little time to devote to my blog, but on the flip side, I've been doing a ton of reading. And...

I found a new favorite author.

I seem to be...

December 13, 2017

When I first started writing, I spent a lot of time reading blog posts on craft. One of the tips that came up over and over again regarded passive voice. I understood it in theory, but I had a difficult time picking it out in my own writing. Now that I've gone through...

November 28, 2017

I haven't been reading as voraciously over the past few weeks. Mostly due to my own writing schedule. But I did make time for a book a few weeks ago by an author new to me, Katy Regnery. I first saw UNLOVED on a few Instagram posts, and my reaction was hesitant. I'm ab...

November 15, 2017

As many of you know, I am in the middle of revisions for my second novel, THE HAUNTING OF RED BLOOD HILL (working title). As of today, I've made it through Chapter 12, phew! If I stay on track, I will have a pretty readable draft by the end of the month. Then I get to...

November 2, 2017

Recently, podcasts have become my new favorite thing.

You see, I've been supremely short on time these days. Between writing, revising, kids, football, baseball, softball, and ballet, I feel like I'm stretched in a thousand directions at the same time. 

It's not a uniqu...

October 24, 2017

The other day, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across the hashtag 'Why I Write'. Of course, I spiraled down the black hole of social media and read amazing accounts from authors explaining why they pluck away at their keyboards day after day. And, if I'm being...

October 18, 2017

I’ve always heard the phrase ‘Kill Your Darlings.’ William Faulkner said it. Stephen King said it. Every speaker on writing I’ve ever heard has said it. Even my editor said it last year during a particularly brutal round of revisions.

 But what does it really mean?

Kill...

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