On Trends, Hashtags and Writing What You Want

A few weeks back I got into a very interesting discussion of BDSM and kink in romance writing via twitter, starting with a question posted by the Smart Bitches. The conversation began by asking whether we are “kinked out” in romance. It piqued my interest, because the manuscript I’m about to submit (no pun intended) is […]

The Writing Process Blog Hop of 2014

Welcome to my post in The Writing Process Blog Hop of 2014! I’d like to thank Madi Merek for tagging me in her post. Madi is a literary fiction novelist whose breakthough novella, Hello LAlaland is due to be released on April 1, 2014! Congrats Madi! So, here’s the deal: I answer the same four […]

A little love for The Writer’s Collective

A few weeks back, I was asked if I’d write a testimonial for my experience in The Writer’s Collective, formally known as The Fictionista Workshop. The Collective is a fabulous resource on so many levels. It was hard to find words so summarize my experience as an author in one of their workshops, but I […]

Coming soon from Samhain Publishing: Me!

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to say this, but my first novella, currently titled The Duality Principle, has been acquired by Samhain Publishing! When I first got the email, I was doing this for about an hour:   I am so excited that this is finally happening. I started writing this story about […]

Hey, story: it’s not me. It’s you.

Last month, I decided I wanted to write something cheerful. Something with a holiday feel. I’d just finished the two manuscripts I spent the better part of the last year and a half on. It was the a week before Christmas, sparkle and cheer were everywhere, and I wanted to write a feelgood story. So I sat […]

Social Media Overload, and My Version of #NaNoWriMo

Recently I’ve hit a bit of a social media overload. Don’t get me wrong. I know it’s important. And most of the time I love it–the instant connection, the community built across hundreds or even thousands of miles. I love sharing opinions of books on Goodreads and sometimes I wish that I could live in […]

On Deadlines, Real Life, and Being Overwhelmed

Suddenly, I’m insanely busy.  Ridiculous, frantic, to-do-list-carrying, don’t-have-a-free-weekend-until-next-month kind of busy. Between my three part-time jobs, real life obligations and a kind of necessary dedication to sleep every once in a while, I don’t have the time I want to spend writing. And with the deadlines I have for that as well (albeit some self-imposed), […]

Where I Write

The lovely ladies at Wonk-o-Mance put together a post on our writing spaces. It’s so nice to see where other authors dream up their characters, and, it also gave me an excuse to clean my desk! Mine ended up being first–hooray for being at the beginning of the alphabet, lol 😉  

On Rejection (again), Back to School and Kicking Ass

I know we’re not supposed to say anything negative online. I’ve been to enough workshops, read enough articles, and discussed it with enough people to be aware that as writers in the current era of social media, we’re not supposed to blow off steam on the internet. No venting. No pity parties. No saying anything […]

The Flipside, or What I Learned at RWA13

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but too many things kept getting in the way. Whether it was continuing my frantic attempt to finish revisions on my manuscript, the part time social media work I do when I’m not at my job, squeezing in my workouts and remembering to relax once […]