Writing

New Book Deal

New Book Deal

Thrilled to be working on my 4th book with Kensington!

The Query That Worked

The Query That Worked

The book that would become SOME KIND OF MAGIC was the third MS I queried. From 54 queries, I received 15 partial or full requests, followed by an offer from Dystel and Goderich.  The title of my book has been changed, and you can see how much the back cover copy retained elements of my query […]

New Book Announcement!

New Book Announcement!

Book world gets weird on the other side of the portal — easier and harder in some ways. Easier because you’ve got a foot in the door so you can do things like sell a book on concept alone. Harder because you’ve got your foot in the door of a very specific building so you […]

Teaser for SOME KIND OF MAGIC Audiobook

Take a listen!  

CALAMITY: 2016 Pages From the Heart Contest Finalist

CALAMITY: 2016 Pages From the Heart Contest Finalist

I’m excited to announce my novel, CALAMITY, has been selected as a finalist in the RWA Pages From the Heart contest. 2016 Pages From The Heart Contest Finalists CALAMITY is a romantic comedy about unlucky Mallory, who thinks her fortune’s beginning to change after a series of disasters culminates in a proposal from a dreamy […]

Revising via Scene Map Spreadsheet

Revising via Scene Map Spreadsheet

One of the first things I do before revising is a bit dastardly: Map the book on a spreadsheet. If you’re a plotter, you may laugh at the necessity of doing this in reverse. But pantsers curl into fetal position at the mere thought of mapping our scenes out in any kind of organized fashion. However, […]

Cover Reveal: SOME KIND OF MAGIC, part 1!

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The Homo Superior

The Homo Superior

Warning. This is going to get maudlin. I didn’t write about David Bowie on Monday. Not much. I shared some songs with other fans who were grieving. I posted errant comments about this video, that concert, this picture, that memory. But I didn’t write anything. I didn’t even think about writing anything. It was like […]

Blog Tour: THIEF OF LIES

Blog Tour: THIEF OF LIES

I am so excited to share Brenda Drake’s Thief of Lies which is due to release on January 5. Check out the gorgeous cover and see below for more info about the book, plus an excerpt. Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in […]

How Writers See Meetings

How Writers See Meetings

A New Title and a Contract!

A New Title and a Contract!

My book, originally titled I WANT YOU TO WANT ME, has a new name: SOME KIND OF MAGIC. The contract arrived yesterday, and I’ve sent it back. Once it’s finalized, I’ll officially be a Kensington author!

Holy Crap! I HAVE A TWO-BOOK DEAL!!

Holy Crap! I HAVE A TWO-BOOK DEAL!!

So last Wednesday, I got an email from my agent with the subject “Offer!” that I did not even notice because she has my last WIP and I was totally waiting and hoping to hear from her about that. It didn’t occur to me to expect an offer on the book on sub, because I […]

Query Advice Corner

Query Advice Corner

This is a redundant post because if you want to learn how to write a great query: Read Query Shark. Keep reading it. Read it some more. You’re not done yet. I know you’re cheating because you wouldn’t be looking here for a quick fix if you’d really read the query shark archives. But I’ll […]

Comma, Comma, Comma, Chameleon

Comma, Comma, Comma, Chameleon

Ah, the comma. Arch-nemesis of writers. I think I know all the rules on commas until I start writing. Then I start throwing commas around like confetti, and half of them don’t land where they belong. I’m getting better at it, but there are specific instances I always have to stop and look up.

Ten Things About My Writing

Ten Things About My Writing

This post was inspired by the brilliant Tara Sim. This is meant to demonstrate that we writers are all weirdos, but maybe my idiosyncrasies will strike a chord with someone else. 1. I can write anywhere, anytime as long as nobody knows I’m writing. If someone in my house sneaks up behind me, I’ll switch […]

In the beginning, there were … 250 words

I’m gonna state right up front that I hesitate to post a blog about how to write a first page. I am certainly NOT a paragon of great writing, and I make ALL the mistakes when I start a new work in progress. I have to let myself make them because words must litter the […]

All About That Pitch — No Trouble #PitchSlam

We’ve all faced the problem of shoving our perfectly polished, honed, and refined novel into the misshapen box known as the pitch (or the query or the god-forsaken synopsis). It’s like trying to turn a diamond back into coal. It seems impossible, and everyone’s first attempts usually end messy and painful. After reading over one […]

How I Got My Literary Agent

I didn’t always write fiction. Way back when, I wrote research papers about fiction. And for years, I spilled words out on blogs and forums and in journals, caressing these posts until I had something I could share with others, hoping to entertain as much as anything else. Then I’d watch those hard-won words disappear […]

Schrödinger’s Cancer

For the past month, I’ve been dealing with what I dubbed “Schrödinger’s Cancer.” It’s the cancer you both have and do not have in the interim time between finding something suspicious and test results. It’s that window of time that opens with you waiting to see if that unnatural thing goes away, convinced you’re healthy. […]