Social Media for the Memoirists (Or… “Aren’t I naked enough already?”)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This week we’re writing about technology, and wow, Crystal nailed just about every tech tool that can help you keep your otherwise-unruly in-process novel organized. And Amy put up another hilarious-yet-not-hilarious post about what it’s like to write in this political climate (oops, I think that was a bit of a spoiler). Anyway, I thought I’d put my usual (somewhat whiny but always real) memoirist tilt on things. When I…


Calling All Celebrity Activists

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This week we’re writing about celebrities whom we would love to have read our books. When I first thought of of a few names, my literary heroes came to mind: Alice Sebold, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, and perhaps most of all, Maya Angelou. I love those writers because not only do they create such beautiful sentences and stories, but they raise much needed awareness for social issues. Their books are…


Damn Lynn…

Friday, February 10, 2017

Last weekend, when we had our awesome Deb Meet-Up, after stuffing our face with delicious Chinese food, while taking in the beautiful rooftop view of Amy’s building, I admitted to Lynn that I waited last to read her novel because I knew how gut wrenching and triggering it would be. Imagine that? My own book ALLEGEDLY is already hard-hitting fiction, but real like, Lynn’s life, scared me. Every other chapter I…


It’s My Pub Week!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Caged Eyes is now in bookstores!! I’ve waited a very, very long time to write that sentence. I began writing my memoir ten years ago. I started searching for agents three years ago. And I signed a book deal a year and a half ago. Like I said: I’ve waited a very, very long time to write that sentence! Throughout this process, I’ve wondered what this day would feel like….


I’m a Rockstar of Self-Care

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

If I’m great at anything, it’s self-care. I majored in self-care. I even have a Ph.D. in self-care. Publishing this memoir is the hardest thing I’ve ever done (harder in many ways than living through the story itself), and I make no apologies for self-care being the focus of my day today and every day for the next little while. Case in point? As this blog post is posting I’m…


Feeling Some Envy? Great!! Get to Work.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  I’m susceptible to a long list of faults, but envy isn’t high on that list. I’ll admit it though, I’m human, and of course that feeling creeps in every once in a while. For instance, when Rockstar Debutante Ball author Jenni announced her second, third, fourth, and twenty-sixth book deals, I had a moment of envy. (Seriously, Jenni, you’re freaking amazing.) The flip side is that Jenni has put…


2017: The Year of the Second Book

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  I’m going to finish my second book this year. No, really, I will. Yes, I’m serious. Yes, I said that last year. Yeah, okay, I said that the year before. It’s different this time. Some days I’m frustrated with myself that yet another year has passed and I haven’t finished my follow-up memoir, the recovery half of my story, the story of how climbing Colorado’s highest peaks helped me…


Interview with Lianne Stokes

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One thing I love about being a memoirist is supporting other memoirists! I find that there is something uniquely powerful about the sharing of our stories and life journeys. So it makes me very happy to introduce another memoir in the guest chair today, Lianne Stokes. Lianne’s debut, Below Average, hit shelves in September of this year. Below Average reveals the untold story of the generation of women in between Sex and the…


Memoir: The Perfect Excuse for Alpine Escapism

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  This week we’re writing about jobs, hobbies, or trips that connect to our books. I could explain how the years I spent as a rape crisis counselor gave me the perfect experience to write my story in a way that contextualized it within women’s broader experiences (hopefully). But…enough with the heavy! (For now.) Hopefully you’ll forgive me for instead indulging in my favorite topic: the mountains. The mountainous wilderness…


Writing Through Trauma

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This week we’re discussing writing through distraction, and I thought I’d put my memoirist’s spin on the topic: writing through trauma, which is, in a way, very similar. The heart of succumbing to distraction often comes down to avoidance, and it just so happens that avoidance is also a key component of post-traumatic stress disorder. Those with PTSD sometimes go to extreme lengths to avoid situations that remind them of the…