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 Greatest Strength–Determination to Never Give Up #MFRWauthor

Have you ever thought about your greatest strength? What makes you…well…you? This is also a very hard question to answer. After a lot of introspection, I think my greatest strength is my determination to not fail. If any of you have followed me for any time at all, you know I’m dyslexic. My learning disability…

Plotting….A Pantser’s Guide to Writing #MFRWauthor

As a reader, if a story doesn’t have well executed character goals, motivations, and both inner and external conflicts, then most likely you aren’t ever going to finish that story. All writers use the GMC formula in some way to craft a story. Finding these GMCs is a important part of plotting. Some writers use…

A New Year, A New Beginning

2016 was a tough year, and not because we lost so many Hollywood and music stars or because of who will sit in the Oval Office come January 20. It was tough personally and professionally. I’ve been suffering from a major writing slump. I haven’t written more than a few thousand words since May and…

Burnout… And a New Year

Happy 2014!  Hope you all have a health, happy and amazing year…. For the last couple of years, I started the New Year off with a review of the goals I’d set for the previous year and a list of my new goals for the upcoming year. Well, all I’ll say about last year’s goals…

Getting Back into the Groove

It seems since forever since I wrote anything for Writing Wednesday… FOREVER. This spring has been brutal. I found myself being extra busy with work, busy with stuff around the house, and not writing much. Not reading much either… The good news, I signed three contracts since mid-April. Book two of my Hunter’s Dagger Series,…

What Shall I Call It?

Cross-posted at Cera duBois. Have you ever asked yourself this question about the title of your story? Sometimes coming up with the right one can be as painful as coming up with the story. Recently, I was talking to a friend about my books… When aren’t I talking about my books? Anyway, she asked me a…

Rolling With the Unexpected

Last Saturday, I posted a blog about setting deadlines… Well, I just had my previous deadline completely blown out of the water. The unexpected happened. I got a request for a book that I pitched last month—quite frankly on a whim. I know lucky…And, it would be if it was completely ready to go. But…

Breaking the Rules

Cross-posted from Cera duBois. I have a good friend, another writer, who always seems to doubt herself because she’d read or heard a rule somewhere that a writer can’t do this or should do that. I’m not much of a rule follower. I love to bend and break the rules. I don’t like being told…