Reinvention— Ever just need a change?

Last year at about this time, I needed a change. The proposal I’d submitted to Kensington had been rejected, and the only book I’d written was a novella which took me way longer than it should have. I love westerns, but I needed to write something different. So, I dusted off an old idea I…

My Favorite Movies

Cross-posted from Cera duBois On Sunday night, the prestigious Academy Awards aka Oscars were held in Hollywood. I didn’t watch them. Not really interested, truth be told. In fact, I was a little peeved because Once Upon a Time wasn’t on. But all this talk of Best Picture got me thinking about my top five…

NaNo

NaNo and NaNoWriMO are two acronyms most writers know and know well. The letters stand for National Novel Writing Month… or as a lot of writers affectionately call it “I have to be crazy month!” The goal of NaNo is to write a novel during the busy month of November. I’ve been crazy—I mean insightful—enough to…

Rejection

If you’re a writer, you probably cringe at the mere mention of the word rejection. If there is one word we all hate, that’s it. Today, I’m going to talk about how I cope with those dreaded emails and letters. You know the ones: “Sorry, but your story doesn’t fit our needs.” For me, these words…

Never Give Up

(cross-posted at Tabby’s Nocturnal Nights) Last week a movie opened up in theaters everywhere that wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for one author’s tenacity. The book, THE HELP, spent months at the top of bestselling lists since its publication in 2009. It has inspired and entertained people everywhere. All this would have remained just…