Playing The Long Game

“Oh, I have many weaknesses!” – said E. Lockhart when I asked her what she struggled with most and how she navigated through those road blocks as a new writer.  The words came out so quickly, so matter-of-fact as if her writing wasn’t completely flawless and dream-like. She also said have not had. So, you’re telling me an…

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Don’t Tell Me That I Can’t

“If you don’t plan to make a career of this, don’t even bother.” That’s what a fellow writer said to me two years ago when I was given their contact just to ask for advice.  I was sitting on the first 13,000 words of my first manuscript.  No, it wasn’t complete.  I wasn’t anywhere near…

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Just A Mom

My 4-year-old came up to me and asks, “Are you a mother or just a mom?” Whew girl, what a loaded question. If you have a kid under the age of five, you know about the questions.  I don’t even have to be specific when I say that because you’re already sipping your second luke-warm…

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The Quiet Ones – Here We Go!

It’s that time again that I start begging strangers to appreciate my work! The Quiet Ones started with just a flicker of one “scene” in my mind back in July 2017 and since then, has grown into my second novel that I LOVED writing.  It’s very different from We All Fall Down, which makes me…

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I’m A Fraud

Maybe it’s because for most of my adolescence my peers managed to remind me of every single flaw I had.  Ones that I didn’t even realize were flaws but just differences that either I was able to choose or not.  Regardless, I was a magnet for those who figured out how to dress and to…

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Real Fictional Characters

Character development is my absolutely FAVORITE part when it comes to starting on a new book.  Whether writing or reading, I love to see how an author chooses to introduce a character.  Molding them carefully only to reveal what they want and at the right times.  It’s a tricky process and it’s SO crucial because…

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A Novel November

“So, how’s the book coming?”  Asks someone, looking at me, covered in children. It’s a very polite, engaging question that I know every writer must be asked about 3,469 times during the process of writing their manuscript.  We appreciate this question.  We adore the people who ask this question.  NOT because we want to brag…

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Blog It Forward

I am coming up on the 1 year birthday of this lovely blog, so today I wanted to “blog it forward” to three of my dear friends who have jumped into this wordy world with me to share their own story!  Starting a blog is a difficult thing because you have to open yourself up…

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This Is 30

I often wondered just how different life would be once I turned 30.  The excessive sweating can definitely be blamed on the children.  I’ll go ahead and throw the wrinkles, frequent peeing and dark circles on them too.  But 30 – ahh, you’re going to get way more praise than you thought you deserved. Let…

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Pushing For My Passion

I save every single one of my rejections.  They all sit safely in my inbox and I read them often.  Even the generic ones.  The ones that aren’t anything “personal”, but still cut just as deep.  I read them for encouragement, oddly enough.  To remind myself that someone will eventually say, definitively “Yes”.  That one…

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