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FALL WITH ME—THE LITTLE BOOK THAT ALMOST WASN’T

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For some of you visiting my page, you’re probably wondering—why haven’t you posted anything about your new book. Good question. And one I hope to answer without some long, drawn-out explanation. All right, who am I kidding? I’m the queen of long, drawn-out explanations. But I’ll try to keep this one as brief as possible. […]

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Janis Joplin — Ode to a Pearl

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With today being the anniversary of Janis Joplin’s death, I figured a blog to honor her contributions was only fitting. I didn’t need to do much research to know what Janis was about. Though she was before my time, I cut my teeth on her music. Literally. My parents, both very much a part of […]

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Happy Birthday, Shannon Hoon. Wish you were here.

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One of the standard questions I’m asked during author interviews is: “How about naming a few of your favorite bands?” In no particular order, I shoot off a list of bands that have influenced my life and writing. If I’m honest, I usually gloss over Blind MeLoN’s place on the list. It’s a long list, […]

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RIP Jimi

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Maybe that’s why they call them stars. Because they are too bright to walk among us—destined for greater things and other planes of consciousness.

Inspiration

Striving for Authenticity

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Until recently, I’ve never had writers block. I was one of those lucky souls, sailing from word to word without a care. Probably because I didn’t have many worries. Then a series of events happened in my life, turning my world upside down. And a funny thing happened. I wrote a bad first draft. Hemingway […]

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Balance is the Goal — And the Reward

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I’m a neat freak. I’d venture to say, my family probably thinks I have a fixation. Or they used to. Up until a year ago, I performed a little ritual every Friday. I’d haul my ass out of bed, gather all my supplies, and clean my house from top to bottom. For hours. Drawers were […]

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My Advice: Write it Down!

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Since I’m all about the help these days, I thought I’d share a little advice that most of you already know. But it bears repeating, so hear me out. I enjoy the freedom of being a writer. Immensely. I carry an iPad, a MacBook, and an iPhone, all synced together with their nifty little “keychain” […]

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The Business of Writing

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I’ve thought a lot about what it means to be an author lately. I’ve never been totally comfortable with the title. I’ve preferred to label myself a “chick that writes,” as opposed to a writer, or, heaven forbid, an author. This infuriates my editor to no end, by the way. She is a teacher of […]

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Personal Writing Goal: Add Chili Powder and Stir

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I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I always stress over the first part of my story. Perhaps because I write backward. Well, I don’t really write backward, but the ending of the story usually hits me first, and I work from there. Hence, my struggle with the opening chapters. Really, that is […]

Books

Book Reviews: The Painful Truth

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The manuscript is written. You’ve gone ten rounds with your editor, and you’ve both survived. You’ve made the revisions. Begrudgingly. Formatting has been done. You’ve read it one last time. You hit the button, and the baby has been delivered. Congratulations…it’s a Book! Your marketing is rock solid. And you’re on top of the world. […]