Looking for writing advice? The internet has a ton waiting for you. You'll find the good, the bad, and the downright odd a Google search away. My favorite odd advice? Edgar Alan Poe suggested that a writer better the story this way - "Include a beautiful woman with raven locks and porcelain skin, preferably quite young, … Continue reading Writing Advice: The Good Stuff
The Broken Trail will be out on October 1st! Right now you can pre-order the digital version for a ridiculously low price. Click here for the linky-thing: The Broken Trail If this is the first you're hearing about it, there's lots more places to go to get extra content, book teasers, my deepest thoughts etc My Twitter … Continue reading Book News!
In the business world as well as the creative industries there's something called the 'elevator pitch'. It's a way to summarize your project for a prospective customer/agent/publisher/producer. The idea is to make the pitch concise enough to fit the length of a ride in an elevator from one floor to the next. It's something that writers have to develop … Continue reading A Pitch for Forgiveness
Hey folks! A little news. I have an author page up at Amazon! Right now it only has the short-story anthology I was published in, but coming soon will be The Broken Trail! You can follow me there to get a link to preorder the moment it's ready! How cool is that? Oh, and sequel … Continue reading Follow me. I have cookies.
Actually, it's big news. The Broken Trail is going to be published! This November it's hitting the shelves published by Mountain Brook Ink. How'd this come about? Research. I was reading up on small presses and Christian publishers and came across Mountain Brook Ink. I knew almost immediately that this was a publisher I … Continue reading A Little News
Howdy! Thanks for checking out my bio. If you're a regular and are wondering what the heck this is, check out PitchWars, a writing contest started by the very talented Brenda Drake. If you're a mentor stopping by, thank you! I really appreciate that you're taking the time to do this and that you're considering working … Continue reading PitchWars Mentee Bio 2015
So... where have I been you ask? Working. The day job heated up just about the same time I finally had BITTERSWEET ready to submit to agents. In between meetings, crunching data, and what felt like endless spreadsheets I was polishing up my query and submitting my latest book to potential agents. How's it going? … Continue reading In the Query Trenches
As an ardent citizen of the United States of America I enjoy politics and debate, but the current climate is so very noxious that no true discourse seems possible. We're all at our keyboards in our little offices, caves, couches, and rumpus rooms tweeting, FaceBooking, and commenting, and it's all filled with...Hate. The four-letter word that poisons our happiness, … Continue reading Christianity and Culture: One Woman’s Worldview
Just a few days I ago I entered an online contest for new authors - Secret Agent run by the amazing Authoress who remains nameless. Click the link if you'd like the particulars, but the purpose of this one is to see if your first 250 words will attract an agent. The agent remains nameless as … Continue reading The Strongest Chain: First 250 words
In 2014 I finished my very first novel and decided to take a workshop to polish it up before seeking representation. I emailed all 135,000 words of what I thought was a women’s fiction off to the editors only to be told that it was far too long for a contemporary romance. I read their … Continue reading In Defense of Happily Ever After