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Last week I won a writing award at UVU for my unpublished YA fantasy novel, Vagabond!!!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. 😬 My Mom came to the banquet with me because my husband was out of town….

To Prologue or not to Prologue

Whether or not you should write a prologue into your novel, has been a debate that I have seen over the years. The topic has come up many times in writing conferences and during writing competitions. I have written prologues for every one of my stories… and then omitted them. Here’s why… * Most of…

The Wild Mustang

This weekend I spent an enlightening day at a wild mustang sanctuary called Wild Heart Sanctuary in Park City, Utah. Anyone who knows me, knows I adore horses. They are my spirit animal.  Although my constant wish upon a star as a child to own a horse never came true, the cosmos smiled down upon…

Don’t be set in Stone.

Over the course of the past couple years, I have received feedback from critique partners and betas that have asked me if certain parts of my stories are true. This happened again last night when I had taken a part of a biblical story and expanded on a small detail. “Did that really happen?” I…

Award time!

My unpublished Young Adult fantasy novel, Vagabond, won an award! Click here to read a short synopsis. The thing that I anticipated most was the feedback from the judges. First, I want to start by offering encouragement to those of you who fear to submit your work. (Or fear critique and criticism in general.) Sometimes…