Book That Influenced My Life

What books have influenced my life? This is a difficult question for me. Partly because I read so much, it'll be hard to narrow the list. Partly because I don't know that I've had any profound moment of change. I've lost myself in books, escaping into the worlds and falling in love with the characters... Continue Reading →

My Contest Experiences

So... I have to admit that my enjoyment (perhaps it could be termed an addiction) to writing contests started at a young age. When I was 9 years old, I won a writing contest in my school district for an essay about Abraham Lincoln. What? Someone thinks I'm a good writer? Well, then, I must... Continue Reading →

Why Romance?

It's Valentine's Day today. Ironically, despite being a romance writer, I can't stand this holiday. I heartily dislike the idea that my loved ones must be forced to tell me they love me once a year (and vice versa). Please explain why this isn't happening naturally throughout the year? It's a retail driven holiday that... Continue Reading →

If I Couldn’t Be a Writer?

If I couldn't be a writer, what would I do? I think I've been asking myself this question since I was old enough to know that there was a choice. One might say that, due to the staggeringly low chances of making a living at this gig, I should have a backup plan. There are... Continue Reading →

How Far Back?

How far back does your earliest memory go?  My most vivid memories start around the ages of seven and eight. Before that, it's mostly snippets or specific moments. Special occasions like Christmases and birthdays. Family visits. Tea parties my mother would put on for my neighborhood friends. My first watch--Mickey Mouse. The different houses we... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Thing I’ve Written

Often, the last story I finished is my favorite thing I've written. I think it's because, with each new story, I'm always learning and growing. However, some stories are harder to write, some characters harder to get to know. And some are easier. My favorite contemporary romance I've written, unfortunately isn't quite out yet. But... Continue Reading →

2019 Personal Blog Challenge

I loved doing the blog challenge last year with Marketing for Romance Writers. This year, I've decided to make my own personal challenge to follow. Here are the topics for 2019: Week 1: Favorite Thing I've Written (& Why)Week 2: Writing Great BeginningsWeek 3: My Earliest MemoryWeek 4: Worst Writing Advice I've gottenWeek 5: Groundhog's... Continue Reading →

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