Friday, June 30, 2017

Why I Left Academia to Write Fantasy Books

I'm honored and thrilled to be a Psychology Today guest blogger!

Click HERE to learn why I left academia to write fantasy books.

Don't forgot to check out the other articles on PT's College Confidential.


Have you checked out my other articles about writing? You might enjoy these too:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

TBT Writer - What Is Red?

I know it's been a LONG time since I've posted a #TBTWriter, so I'll be sure to include extra photos for this post. :)

Today I'd like to share a simple story/poem that I wrote when I was 11ish about the color red.

I never realized how much I liked the color red until I re-read this. Then when I started looking at all of my old photos to share, I discovered that so many of them were of me wearing red.

Even in my stories I write now, red is very prevalent. For example, the protagonist in Strange Luck has red hair and she is frequently wearing red or a red accent.

Coincidence, or have I always just had a fondness for the color? You decide.

Here's a pic of the original poem.


What is red?
Red is the color of flaming fire.
Red is the color of beautiful birds.
You can find small red creatures hiding in rocks by the ocean.
Red is the color of victory.
Red is a bright color that brings out the picture.
Red is the color of wonderful books that tune on the mind's imagination.
Red is the color of a ruby red cherry.
Red is the color of life!


Apparently I felt very strongly about red being the color of life so much so that I included a punctuation mark. Lol.

And now for some TBT pics....

This is one of my favorite pics of me (far right). Not only am I Super Girl, I'm also posing with a giant Twinkie.  Ha ha!

Here's me at age 11 wearing my favorite red shirt.

For my entire undergraduate degree I dyed my hair red. If you're wondering what I'm holding it's a chinchilla.
Ano Nuevo in California. This area and its neighboring towns heavily influenced my stories.
Here's a pic of me from when I lived in Florida.

Here's a recent video I did where I'm guessed it. Red!

Do you have a writing throwback? Post it with #TBTWriter so we can all read your story. And don't forget to check out my other #TBTWriter stories and pics:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Darling Secret Official Release Date and Teaser Trailer!

Did you see??? A Darling Secret has an official release date!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Edit Your Novel - My Tips and Tricks

Round 3 of editing is underway. Only 250 pages to go! :P


Curious about my editing methods? Want to know how I plan my books? You can learn all about my process here.

Don't forget to check out my editing checklist while you're there. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Surprises Around Every Corner - Five-Star Review From Paperback Junkie

young adult fantasy series

I'm delighted to share a five-star review of The Nightmare Birds from Paperback Junkie Book Review.

Here's a snippet from the review:

"If you are looking to get lost in a book that presents you with another option of what the world holds, I would highly recommend The Nightmare Birds...There are surprises around every corner. The book was well-written, thought out, and put together so well that it receives a 5 star review." 
Reviews like this put a big smile on my face. :) I'm thrilled you enjoyed my book.

You can also read what Paperback Junkie Book Review had to say about Strange Luck (book I) here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Victorian Epitaphs and Horror Novels - My Interview with Fiona Mcvie

Now that I've finally finished my new book (YAY!), I have more time for interviews.

I had a blast answering Fiona Mcvie's questions. She asked me everything from what I want on my tombstone to what new authors have grasped my interest. You can check it out here.


Have a question for me that's not posted here? Leave it in the comments and I'll respond. :)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Telling Secrets - My Interview With Sunshine Somerville

Which of my characters are based on real people?

Do I ever let them in on the secret?

Find out the answer to these fun questions (and many more) in my latest interview with Sunshine Somerville.


Have a question for me that's not answered here?

I'd love to hear from you!