My tumultuous relationship with a manuscript:

My tumultuous relationship with a manuscript: Upon first meeting, nearly seven years ago, it was love at first sight. I was overcome. Passionate words were brought to life in the quiet hours of night. I pined over my new manuscript when we were not together during the days. The characters, the setting, the story, consumed…

Author Life Month

I participated in the #authorlifemonth hashtag again over on Instagram. Here is my month in review. Here is a link to my last year’s author life month. I’ll be doing #authorlifemonth again. It’s so much fun to connect with other authors and see behind the scenes. Last year I kept apologizing and wondered if I…

The Christmas Bike: pre-order!

I am excited to announce that my third novel, The Christmas Bike, is set for release on October 11, 2016 and available for pre-order! (click on link) Here is a brief synopsis: Christmas is already going to be tough for Marie and her family. When a series of events is set in motion long before a…

Fairy Gardens & Writing: how they relate

Planting fairy gardens is one of my favorite things to do every spring. I do this for one of my jobs and on occasion, I teach how-to’s. I’ve planted countless container pots over the seventeen years I’ve been doing this, but planting fairy gardens feels completely different and is always exciting to me. Here’s why:…

Award time!

Last week I won a writing award at UVU for my unpublished YA fantasy novel, Vagabond!!! When I sat down after my speech and chapter reading, I realized I didn’t thank my mom, or my husband, or anyone, really. đŸ˜¬ My Mom came to the banquet with me because my husband was out of town….

Job Shadow

One of my favorite recent experiences of being an author was when I had a few teenagers as job shadows. I spent an afternoon in my home with a few budding authors from Junior High. They came prepared with samples of their work for feedback. I lugged out the huge white board and we discussed…

Author Life Month

February was Author Life Month over on Instagram and Twitter. I decided to post the photos—and captions about the photos—from my feed onto my blog. I didn’t post every day,  but I tried. My favorite day was “Challenge Overcome.” It made me realize that every person struggles to be creative. Everyone has the same doubts…

Death in Writing

This past week has reminded me about the frailty of life. I started writing this blog post about how to capture death in our writing two weeks ago, before some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry passed away. Also, my husband’s childhood friend passed away suddenly and we went to the funeral over…

Shadows of Angels

I am happy and honored to be a part of the Laura Rollins blog tour for her debut novel Shadows of Angels. Here is her Bio: Laura Rollins is an avid dessert creator, fiction writer, and probably Lucille Ball’s biggest fan ever. She homeschools her four young children and finds the kitchen a perfect place to…

50,000 words of leftover casserole

^^This is why I only wrote one blog post in November.^^ NaNoWriMo was hard this year. There were a few days, lumped together, that I didn’t write anything. Playing catch-up really killed the creative juices. During the last two days of the month, I had to write 10,000 words to reach my goal. To me,…