Writing Techniques: Setting

I bet y’all looked at the title of this post and thought that this would be about creating settings for a story, right? GUESS AGAIN! I actually want to talk about “setting” in the context of the writing process. Like, the setting where the actual writing takes place… the “work space,” if you will. Where the so-calledContinue reading “Writing Techniques: Setting”

Writing Techniques: Phases

I think every writer – whether professional or amateur – goes through phases. As a teenager, I wrote fanfiction. I don’t mean to admit this in a dramatic fashion, like admitting past alcoholism or addiction. I’m not ashamed of this tidbit of my writing history – but it is definitely a practice that I never intend to returnContinue reading “Writing Techniques: Phases”

The Kindle Edition of I’m With You is currently FREE! 1/14-1/16

My YA novel, I’m With You, is currently FREE in Kindle format for a limited run, from 1/14 through 1/16! If you like YA adventure/fantasy fiction with a vaguely steampunk feel, a dash of romance, and a pinch of supernatural, then please give I’m With You a shot! It’s FREE, so you have nothing toContinue reading “The Kindle Edition of I’m With You is currently FREE! 1/14-1/16”

The 3 Happy Things Journal

I have never been a “journal” person. Not because I don’t like to journal, but because I always tumble into the “I’ll do it later” mentality and fall off the routine. In an effort to be a more positive and appreciative person, I decided to give journaling another go at the start of 2016. ButContinue reading “The 3 Happy Things Journal”

Worth 1000 Words #5: Our Little Life

In the late spring of 2014, I got to visit every English major’s dream locale; Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. I have actually been lucky enough to visit a few literature-based landmarks on my ventures across the pond, including the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens (Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is one ofContinue reading “Worth 1000 Words #5: Our Little Life”

Goodreads Giveaway Announcement!

Want to ring in the new year with a new book? Well, from today, December 11th, to December 26th, I am running a giveaway on Goodreads for my debut YA novel, I’m With You! Five print copies are up for grabs! For more details and your chance to win, click the link HERE! I’m WithContinue reading “Goodreads Giveaway Announcement!”

Writing Techniques: Character Names

Minor/minimal spoilers ahead. Like a lot of authors/writers, I prefer to give my characters unique names – and I often choose names with particular meanings. This is not the case for all names I choose, as some are just selected by random, but most of the names I pick have a specific meaning and purpose. MyContinue reading “Writing Techniques: Character Names”

I’m With You – Now FREE for a limited time!

I heard on the radio this morning that it’s National Author’s Day today, and it’s the first one since I’ve published my debut novel. It was surreal to hear those words and realize that they now technically apply to me. Coincidentally, my novel I’m With You is also FREE for a limited time in ebookContinue reading “I’m With You – Now FREE for a limited time!”

I’m With You

Back in 2011, I sat down at my computer and started to write. The seeds were planted years before, while I was still in high school. Ideas took root inside my head– vague forms and muddled shapes, random names and snapshot images — but they did not receive the nourishment or sustenance required to thrive.Continue reading “I’m With You”