I was honored to be asked onto the Write-Minded podcast with Brooke Warner and Grant Falkner. I had an amazing time discussion indie publishing with them. We talked about the indie author community, why I decided to self-publish my work back in 2010, and the importance of connecting with fans. Listen to my interview on the Write-Minded podcast here or on your favorite podcast app. … [Read more...] about Listen To My Interview on the “Write-Minded” Podcast!
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Happy Book Birthday to Beautiful Demons!!!! It was exactly six years ago today that my very first novel was published. I was excited and so in love with Harper and the story I had created, but I had no idea that Beautiful Demons would resonate with so many people! My first full month, I sold something like 59 copies of that first book, and I was on cloud nine! Someone was reading my book!! Of course, I knew back then that it was mostly friends and family, but I didn't care. I had done … [Read more...] about Celebrating 6 Years of Indie Publishing
It's almost that most magical time of year -- NaNo WriMo!!! For those of you not familiar with NaNo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it comes around every November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Whew, trust me when I say this is not easy!! But you can also trust me when I say it's incredibly fun. I participated in NaNo WriMo for the first time back in 2007, shortly after I quit my job teaching music at an Elementary School in order to pursue my lifelong … [Read more...] about Tracking NaNo WriMo Word Count in My Bullet Journal
It's hard to believe it's been five whole years since I first published BEAUTIFUL DEMONS. When I decided to take a chance on self-publishing, I had no idea just how dramatically my life was about to change. Every year in this business gets more intense, more emotional, and more difficult, but there has never been a doubt in my mind that it's all worth it. I am lucky enough to be doing what I love and actually making a living at it. It's a dream come true. But that doesn't mean it's all … [Read more...] about Celebrating Five Years as an Indie Author
My decision to become a writer came during a crossroads in my life. I realize this story will probably make some of you gnash your teeth and want to shoot spitballs at me, but believe me, I understand just how lucky I was. Back in 2007 I was teaching music at an elementary school in Georgia when my extremely handsome and intelligent boyfriend asked me to move to North Carolina to be with him. I loved many things about my job, but I also knew that teaching was not what I wanted to do for the rest … [Read more...] about Don’t Lose Your Joy
July was a hard month. Almost every day was go-go-go with a beach vacation, visits from friends, the Romance Writers of America conference in NYC and all the shopping and packing required to get ready for all those events. I barely had time to write, but I kept telling myself everything would be okay. Once the noise and action of the trips and laundry and conversations had died down and it was time to settle back into my routine, I found myself crippled with fear. What if I had stepped away … [Read more...] about The Curse of Expectations