Thrilled to be working on my 4th book with Kensington!
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
One of the first homework assignments I give is a bit dastardly, but it’s something I always do before I start revising: 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On various blogs across the webosphere, I’ve released my favorite songs of the year for anyone who might want to listen. This year, Ima do it over here on my shiny new writer blog. Usually, I go pretty far into Indie land, but this year’s batch veers scarily close to heavy alt/pop radio rotations, and […]
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. […]