I love being a media consumer. And man, do I consume. This year I've read 72 books (so far). I binge watch Netflix, borrow DVD's from the library, and download really long audiobooks when I know I'm going to be traveling. And while I fully believe that reading, watching, and listening is only one step … Continue reading All The Stories Have Been Told
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel … Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMKPzWK0SFs&lc=z22yvxzpwquzylbtaacdp43230ez1mdm4w4tptzdbmlw03c010c Welcome to November. It’s National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, NaNo for short well… shorter. If you aren’t familiar with NaNo, it’s a writing challenge that takes place over the entire month, the idea being that if you write 1,667 words each day, you’ll have 50,000 by the end of November. Whether that’s … Continue reading Do You #Nano?
There's a new thing in my life, and it's carpal tunnel. I don't have any pain, which is good, but I do have numb fingers. For a writer, this is bad. I've been wearing a brace and doing exercises and taking anti-inflammatories, and Googling (WebMd told me I had a brain tumor). Everything I can … Continue reading My Carpal Tunnel & What It Means For You
I'm all over Ohio for Teen Read Week, and will be popping by Indiana as well. Check out my events below! October 8th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Poland Branch October 8th 6:30 PM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Canfield Branch October 9th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & … Continue reading Celebrate Teen Read Week By Meeting Me!
Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be toured as a debut author for the release of Not A Drop to Drink. I had the amazing experience of being on the Fall Dark Days tour with some lovely ladies - Rae Carson, Madeleine Roux, Sherry Thomas and Michelle Gagnon. We had a great time... … Continue reading The Dangers of Debuting & How I Finally Stood on My Head
I'm giving in to the idea of self-sufficiency. Yes, I know I can buy my own pickles cheaply. Yes, it does make my kitchen hot and steamy when I'm canning. Yes, sometimes things go wrong and shit explodes everywhere and you end up with welts. But I'm still very into the idea of making my … Continue reading On The Necessity of Fresh Eyes & Critique Partners
Writers are told often to kill their darlings. This doesn't mean we all need to end our novels with planet-enfolding nuclear holocausts. It means that you have the bollocks to cut the scenes you love, but don't need. Slice the dialogue tags that make you smile, but aren't necessary. Exsanguinate the paragraph you feel is … Continue reading Don’t Just Kill Your Darlings… Hurt Them
Over the weekend I gave an address at the Cleveland Public Library for the winners and finalists of the Letters About Literature competition, which is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the … Continue reading The Bravery of Youth
I was recently interviewed by Diane Callahan for her series Writer to Writer. Learn about my decade-long query trenches slog, how I write from such a dark place, hitting deadlines, and finding motivation. And, if you'd like to learn about my NINE cats and thoughts on the writing process, check out this interview on Paws4Thought … Continue reading I’m Interviewed About 10 Years of Querying Before Finding Success