It’s here! Today is the day I release my first independent work, “Rumpled.” You can buy the ebook exclusively on Amazon.com, and the paperback will be released next week.I’ve set the price point intentionally low at just 99 cents. This is for three reasons.I know that I’m relatively unknown, and I want…See More
"Love this! There is nothing wrong with a day job. My goal is to find a "day job" that doesn't drain my writing energy too much, and I've finally arrived at that balance. That's good enough for me for the foreseeable future!"
It’s official — I have a release date set for Rumpled, my novella retelling the story of Rumplestiltskin, and most everything is in place for it–except, perhaps, my nerves.Rumpled will be available to the public on March 3 (my birthday — early downloads…See More
In November, I clipped this piece of writing advice from Writer's Digest (my apologies that I didn't also clip the issue date -- if anyone recognizes it, I'm happy to attribute.)I listened to my mom. She once told me to always live a little outside of my wage bracket--not dangerously so, but just enough to remain "hungry" so I'm always compelled to strive toward my highest standards.I applied this to my writing career: I found a part-time,…See More
I’m back from a three-day weekend spent at a cabin in the Black Hills on a little “writing retreat.” I got two full days of writing in, and discovered … that two full days wasn’t big enough for my ambitions.I so rarely get the chance to get away from all other responsibilities and focus on my writing, so I think I had superhuman expectations of what might happen the first time I tried it. Still, I managed to do some journaling, a critique for my…See More
Last week, I was reading “What’s New About New Adult?” in the January/February issue of Horn Book. The article is about the rise of “New Adult” literature, a sub-genre of Young Adult (or a sub-genre of adult) that focuses on characters in their late teens or early twenties. Many New Adult protagonists are college-age, and some of them are actually in college. Teens and adults are reading…See More
This month, my book club discussed The Handmaid's Tale. This is one of the books that has been formative in my life as both a reader and a writer. It was the first piece of dystopic literature I read beyond The Giver, and it…See More
As is my habit on Sunday nights, last night I got caught up on my book-review writing. My Goodreads account is connected to my Twitter, so this morning I found that M.D. Waters had "favorited" the tweet that linked back to my review of her book,…See More
I’ve been asked to help start up some kind of writer’s group at my church. I already have a great critique group for my fiction, and I’m a little burned out on writing activities that are “goal” and “audience” oriented. So I’m exploring the idea of starting a writing group that is just for that — writing. Not for feedback, not for tips on publication, not to accomplish some lofty or lucrative goal. But simply to give yourself space and time for writing as a practice, and all the blessings it…See More
Recently, I’ve had the good luck to acquire a nice stack of new (or new-to-me) writing books.They are …Publishing E-books for Dummies by Ali Luke – This is fairly technical reading, but after checking it out from the library, I really wanted my own copy as a reference. I’m about halfway…See More
Since The Dark Crystal has been occupying so much of my creative space these last couple months, it seemed worth sharing my review of the new Jim Henson biography here. As a creative person, I found the biography to be inspiring on many levels — in its reassurance that even…See More
Last week, I went to a community ed class about how to market your book put on by Sarah J. Pepper, a local author who has achieved success through both traditional and self publishing. I always wonder when I show up at these things whether I'll learn anything new, and I always walk away from them glad that I went. Along with some potential freelance contacts, great handouts, and…See More
I first started writing as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil and fold pieces of paper together. My first book, full of pictures of unicorns (I was too young to know how to write), started me on the writing path I'm still on today: exploring different realities through science fiction and fantasy.
Since then, I've become better at "drawing pictures" with words than pencils. In addition to writing my own stuff, I'm also a teen services librarian and freelance editor and writer, writing primarily for children and teens. I most like to edit, workshop, coach, and proofread what I most like to read: novels and memoir. But I skillfully edit a wide range of materials to keep food on the table (and in my pets' dishes).
Currently, I'm co-editing an anthology of personal stories by young, progressive Catholics for ACTA publications. I'm also working on pitching my young adult novel, Ever This Day, to agents, and writing a novella retelling the story of Rumplestiltskin.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Poem: "Angry Catholic Woman" published in "Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta!" edited by Michele Sewell
Short Story: "The Man in the Mirror" published in "Queer Dimensions" edited by James Rasmussan
Study Guide for the documentary "Going on Thirteen"
Co-editor of "Hungering and Thirsting for Justice: True Stories by Young Adult Catholics" from ACTA Publications
I read about a “Creative Process Blog Tour” over at Susan Perry’s blog, wherein different creative types are answering a set of questions about their process in their blogs. (Susan Perry is author of Writing in…
I read about a "Creative Process Blog Tour" over at Susan Perry's blog, wherein different creative types are answering a set of questions about their process in their blogs. (Susan Perry is author of Writing in…
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