I get asked a lot about how I became a writer and what my inspiration is. The first question is hard to answer. I have always, always wanted to be a writer. I mean, I wanted to be a teacher too, but maybe a writer on the side. I have tried and tried to make … Continue reading Being an author
Long time no write. Life, am I right? Between work (day job), writing books gig, and family life, I haven't given enough attention to this blog which I actually love, love writing too. Now that life is slowing down, I'm hoping to make this a priority again. Writing of any kind is my therapy and … Continue reading Life happens …
Over the past several years, I have evolved my writing process. I feel like I understand researching better, sentence structure, flow and formatting. I feel like I write faster, and edit quicker. But what hasn't evolved is my notes. I have piles and piles of notes. Exhibit one below. My stacks of varies notes. The … Continue reading Evolution of process
As I prepare to edit my 6th book, Caroline's Story: A Glenn Lake Series Novel, I am thinking about how to balance the storytelling with the details to include in the book. What do I mean? Well, I'll tell you. A lot of people will say only include things that move the story forward, while … Continue reading Storytelling and details
When writing, there is a lot of research that goes into it. I knew this would be the case, but I didn't realize how much and the types of things I would research. For a book I'm working on now, I reached out to friends and one of my friends reply that she could help. … Continue reading Research
A lot of advice for Indie authors is to have an online presence. Use Instagram. You should have a reader group on FaceBook. Tik Tok? Yes, do it. Twitter daily, multiple times a day. Bump those numbers. Newsletter, you should have had one yesterday with thousands of subscribes. Well I'm here to say, I don't … Continue reading Social Media
Life got busy since the last time I blogged. I only had 2 books published and now I have 5 with a 6th coming soon. Though I thought by now, I would have 8 out. Again life was busy... My day job nearly killed (stress and anxiety), but I made it through an extremely stressful … Continue reading It’s been a minute (or many)
As a reader those are my favorite because you get invested in these characters and want to learn how they evolve and what they're up to even after the first book/conflict is resolved. So I've started/written two series. One is a cozy mystery/paranormal and the second is a small-town women's fiction series. For series one, … Continue reading I love a series!
As I mentioned, I self-published my books. I felt it was the right move for me. While I would have appreciated having an agent and then publisher pick me up (so they could help with the heavy lifting of formatting and marketing), I have really enjoyed learning the process. There are two big lessons I've … Continue reading Learning lessons
I have been on a break from blogging for quite some time as I focused on getting published. I now join the ranks of Indie Authors everywhere. My first to be published is a Cozy Mystery/Paranormal: Premedicated Murder. It is book one in a series. I'm thrilled with how well it is doing. I've gotten … Continue reading Self-published!