Author’s Journey

Why I Write…

Why I Write…

My buddy Lisa Walker England tagged me in this blogging game. I like it because, as Simon Sinek might say, it asks us to consider WHY. Why do I write? Like most writers, I write because the stories won’t stay inside. They must come out. But I also write because I have this vain idea […]

Creating Anew

Creating Anew

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) starts in two days. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. I’ve completed it in the past, and I’ve come close to completing it, and I’ve accomplished my own goals (one year I wrote a middle-grade book one year that wasn’t 50K words, but I finished […]

Alphabet Blogging: H is for…

Alphabet Blogging: H is for…

Help. We all need it, but sometimes it hurts to admit it. I recently went through a period where I was trying to do everything without help. I thought I could be the perfect wife, mom, housekeeper, AND writer and do it all by myself. Of course this led to way too much frustration and […]

Why do gentlemen defer to ladies?

Why do gentlemen defer to ladies?

A man held the door for me at the gym the other day. This is a common enough courtesy, but for some reason it got me pondering. This man was much bigger and stronger than me. He was also younger than me. So maybe he was a gentleman holding a door for a lady, or […]

Editing…Again

Editing…Again

I’ve been working with an editor on my Dragons manuscript, in the hopes that I will finally get it to a place where someone (preferably the house this lady is with) wants to publish it. I’ve gone back and forth with her several times, making some major changes, and with each round of edits, it […]

Alphabet Blogging: G is for…

Growing. There are so many jobs that fall on an author’s shoulders nowadays. Not only do we have to be continually honing the craft of writing, but we have to be marketers and savvy business managers. We have to have at least rudimentary grasp of the publishing world, how to tell if contracts are any […]

Why Do Females Dominate the Dystopian World?

Why Do Females Dominate the Dystopian World?

Guest Blogger: Nadine Brandes   Katniss Everdeen. Tris Prior. Cassia Reyes. Linh Cinder. Recognize any of these names? It’s okay, names were never my strong suit either, but the book titles might help you: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Cinder. These books have several things in common. First, they’re all YA dystopian novels. Second, they […]