Writing through distractions

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Every writer I know, heck, every human I know generally has a lot going on. It’s overwhelming and impressive, when you sit and unpack how capable and effective some people can be, even when they are juggling a million and one responsibilities. Personally, I have found that I perform really well when I have more than a few things on my plate. I have found I can tap into a…


Impostor Syndrome House of Horrors

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! Wanna hear something truly scary? So, one of the biggest fears that kept me from writing or sharing any of my work was the belief that no one would care about what I had written. And past not caring, I imagined that people would ridicule me and my work, and I imagined the pain and embarrassment would absolutely kill me. Yup, I had extreme impostor syndrome in relation…


On working with an editor…

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Well, this topic is timely for discussion for me. I’m in the tail end of final revisions to my novel right now and have experienced working with different editors to get my novel ready for publication. I first have to start by saying this: I am so very grateful for the editing process, for the time and care editors and beta readers have given in helping make my creations better….


The wandering muse and the willing vessel

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I really love authors who speak candidly about the writing and creation process. I read fiction ravenously. I find that I’m always amazed at the different worlds I am able to slip into thanks to authors’ imagination and skill. And even though I have followed into their profession, I still wonder, how do they do it? Are their minds just different than other people? Do they have to be in…


Making friends with the first draft

Thursday, October 10, 2019

When I started getting serious about my writing, that is, serious about the publication of my work, I became increasingly more anxious around my process. I used to just write, easily, stream of consciousness style in my journals when the idea was just for fun, just for me. But when I considered reading my work aloud or trying to have it published, I found that the writing became somewhat stifled….


Rejection and failure

Thursday, October 3, 2019

When I was in the tense time of life in which I was sending out queries of my novel, I prayed a tiny prayer before I hit submit on each one. I prayed that this query would land on the right agent for my book, and that if it landed on the wrong agent, I prayed that I would be able to accept that they weren’t the right agent when…


Balancing Writing, Work, and Life

Storytelling at Burning Man
Thursday, September 26, 2019

When I say that I’m a writer, people often assume, “Oh, you must write a lot, every day!” For sure, there are some writers who do, who commit to morning pages, or who write just before bed, or who have scheduled blocks at a regular time. But I have found my writing energies are hard to pin down to a distinct rhythm or schedule. I do not write every day,…


The Path to Publication for The Goddess Twins

Thursday, September 19, 2019

What is that thing they say about luck? That it’s when preparation meets opportunity? Then yes, this is the lucky story of how my novel, The Goddess Twins, found its path to publication. When I finished my novel, there was no sudden feeling of completion. I was mentally exhausted and dizzyingly proud, but I knew it needed to be edited. Then edited again. Then possibly another fifteen rounds of more…


The inspiration behind The Goddess Twins

Black Hermione
Thursday, September 12, 2019

There’s nothing like the feeling of being completely seen by a story. When I was growing up, I loved tales with magic and mystery, self-discovery and danger. My family had a collection of science fiction and fantasy that I gobbled up. Mercedes Lackey and Frank Herbert were some of my first loves. I read anything supernatural I could at my local libraries and was front row for the Harry Potter…


What if the story that is medicine to me is medicine for someone else?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hello friends! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write throughout my debut year alongside the talented fellow Debs Lisa Braxton, Amy Klein, Kathleen West, and Karen Osborne. Here’s some background on me: I’m a first generation Jamaican American and I was born in the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio to be precise). I was a very anxious kid (ahem…and adult) and I learned to create universes in my head with…