Darla the Alpha Cat

Posted On Aug 9 2015 by

As I close out the first four books of the Cherry Hill Series (though let’s not assume I’m done with my favorite town), I’m trying something different. For those of you following the characters, you’ll recall a minor character named Darla from ANGEL ‘N ME. You’ll see her again in LYDIA’S WAY, which I hope to release by December, right after CASSANDRA’S CROSSING (now available for pre-order on Amazon and elsewhere). Darla will receive some special talents before leaving Cherry Hill for the big city. Now, for those of you expecting the standard YA shapeshifter story, this will not be …


Friday Top 10 – Top 10 Reasons to be a Wattpad Writer

Posted On Jul 17 2015 by

Recently I’ve re-discovered Wattpad, and I don’t know why I ever gave up on it in the first place! I have a long, long list of reasons to join Wattpad, but I’ve broken it down to my top 10. So here are my top 10 reasons to be a Wattpad writer: 10. The thrill of seeing a 12 year-old kicking your butt in rankings. 9. ¬†You can pretend that all those views are the total number of people reading your book instead of the sum of reads per chapter. 8. ¬†Having the aformentioned 12 year-old leave advice on your story. …


The Indie Journey Continues

Posted On Mar 23 2015 by

Last year I was posting daily updates on my indie journey. It was fun, showing the readers of my blog how I managed to squeeze out my daily word count, take care of editing, marketing, and such. Then a funny thing happened along the way. I was burning out. Not on the writing. I still blasted through my daily goals, completing four novel drafts last year. But the daily posts, despite their only taking up ten minutes of my day, were draining me. I needed that ten minutes. Indies work hard. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever undertaken. My friends, …


Now I Knew You to Release this weekend

Posted On Mar 20 2015 by

The day has finally arrived. My first book (meaning, my first book of the eight I’ve written that I feel is worthy of publication) will post to Amazon tomorrow. Now I Knew You came to life for the first time about a year ago. I wanted to write a book about the choices we make when we’re young and how they impact us and those we love. More importantly, I wanted to write a book about how we can still find happiness, even after the most disastrous of choices. I think it’s something every reader can relate to. Unless, of …


My first YA title launching next month

Posted On Jan 13 2015 by

…and other news. I haven’t blogged in a while. I apologize to my loyal readers. Both of you. But there’s a reason. I became aquantied with an acronym last year: WIBBOW (we-bow). It stands for Would I Be Better Off Writing. Writing, which here means actual novels. As I looked upong the blogging landscape, I saw a war zone. Or, perhaps, a better description is the the 90% off rack at the tail end of Black Friday. It has been picked over, picked clean, and left in ruins. Blogging for most writers, I believe, is no longer a valuable use …


A Vacation to My Setting

Posted On Oct 21 2014 by

I have a confession. I know you’ll find this shocking, but I wrote the entire first draft of Now I Knew You without ever having been to the city I chose for my setting. Yes, I too am appalled. Actually, I can claim innocence. Because Elk Rapids, Michigan is just the outline of my setting. I tried to stay as true to the geography and feel of the village as much as possible, but by changing the name to a fictional Cherry Hill, I gave myself a little creative leeway. After all, Elk Rapids has no bookstore downtown. Cherry Hill …