PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (And Other Publishing Myths)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This week we’re talking publishing myths — and which ones we’d like to personally bust. What I have found interesting, since I started telling people I wrote a book, is how often I hear these two things: “So, are you going to be the next JK Rowling?” (Um, I wish?) “So, are you going to be the next 50 shades?” (Um, no. NO.) I have also fielded a ton of questions…


A GIF, some honesty, and the realities of book two…

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I love this quote. (That Stephen King sure does know a thing or two about writers, and writing.) It’s one of those, “I should tattoo this on my arm” kind of sayings, though I’ll probably stop short of doing that and just make a bookmark instead.   The truth is I have never felt more paralyzed, more panicked about my writing, than when I was trying to write a synopsis…


How I Write: Distractions, Muffins, & Deadlines

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Writing is hard. Not because of the whole come up with an idea and make it interesting thing – though that isn’t exactly easy, either. What makes writing “hard,” at least in my books, is just how easy it is to NOT do it. Case in point: my latest book. I have a deadline, and not just one I’ve set, but one from my editor. I’m excited about the story….


It Sucks Until It Doesn’t: Staying Grounded through the Good & Bad

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“It sucks until it doesn’t.” That was advice given to me by one of my critique partners when I was stuck in the query trenches, trying to find an agent. I was adrift on the query sea, which looked a lot like this: send a query, cross my fingers, get a rejection, try to (over)analyze it even though it’s clearly a form letter, send another query, cross my fingers…get a…


Words of Advice…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Jodi Picoult read from her latest novel LEAVING TIME, and to meet her for the briefest of moments while she signed my book. She was funny, and gracious, and quite down to earth despite her 23 books – the last 8 of which have made it on the NYT bestsellers list. And while I loved learning about the book,…


The Art of Productivity & Procrastination

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I’m currently in the throes of writing book two, which means I have a daily word count to hit and an endless ability to find ways to procrastinate. Like this past Monday morning, when after refreshing my Twitter and Facebook streams multiple times, counting my split ends by the glow of my laptop screen, baking banana muffins and researching how to make homemade facial exfoliator – then making it —…