Social media is used for a number of different reasons. It isn’t just about connecting or staying in touch with family. Individuals have begun to use it as a way to call for activism or “to promote a particular cause or charity” (Mahoney, 2017, p. 71). Even Facebook has come to encourage this by offering… Continue reading Breast Cancer Cyberactivism
I wear contacts and on occasion, glasses. I’ve worn some form of corrective lenses since I was a child. Of all the things I remember most about those yearly visits, it isn’t the eye drops that make it so you can’t see anything, the blinding light in your eyes as the doctor checks your pupils,… Continue reading A Frame Checkout
I have been asked on multiple occasions about writing about dark themes like rape, drug addiction, suicide, and depression. It isn’t always why do I write about them, but how I go about writing such emotional issues and what kind of toll it takes on me personally. Often when asked about this I will speak… Continue reading Dark Themed Books
These last two weeks have been all about my second book, Damaged. And while the excerpts I shared have been great, I thought I’d give you a little treat. For those of you who have read Damaged you know that there is an opening of Avenged included in the end. Now, this of course was included before my… Continue reading An Excerpt Goes a Long Way
I have been working diligently on book three, Avenged. And of course, this doesn’t just mean writing the missing parts, but it also means editing what’s been written. The one part most writers hate, usually because they never want to take anything out. It’s kind of like the idea of killing off a character that you’ve… Continue reading Edit Like a Writer
Here lately in my FaceBook feed, I’ve seen a lot of information about Vanity Presses/Publishers. If you’ve never heard of the term, beware you may have been victim to one. Let me start off by saying what I hope you HAVE heard: no agent or publisher should ask you for money up front to read,… Continue reading Vanity Publishers
Every year as the year crawls to a close we begin thinking about our resolutions for the new year. A couple of years ago I found another way to do this because resolutions are like a “honey-do” list. They aren’t always kept or they get put off and put off until we finally forget all… Continue reading Resolutions or Goals?
Previews are awesome! Not just because we get snippets of upcoming movings or books, but because we get an idea ahead of time on whether or not we might like it. I also happen to like sharing them because then I can get opinions, thoughts, and/or feedback ahead of time. If you’ve read my first… Continue reading I LOVE … previews!
Every book, play, movie, and song has an outtake. Something that just didn’t make it in. Either because it slowed the work in question down or it simply did nothing for the piece. Either way, they all have them. And in some cases the outtake is funny, which makes it more of a blooper than… Continue reading Outtakes – They truly exist
Last October, towards the end of the writer’s conference I was attending, I was sitting down at breakfast and having a discussion with another author about being independently (Indie) published or self-published. We agreed that it wasn’t possible for an Indie author to be successful without thinking about publishing as a business. Now this could… Continue reading It’s Just Business