Author Interview and Review

With Impending Reveries going strong on Smashwords and being shipped out to the bigger retailers (I’ll share links when available), it’s gotten some attention from a wonderful book blog.

A review for Impending Reveries:

And an author interview of yours truly:

Go, read, take a look around the site, then come back here and ASK ME ANYTHING! I’ve read author interviews and thought of questions that weren’t included. Well here’s your chance with me. What do you want to know?

Published in: on October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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I have heard that Goodreads is a great site for authors and readers alike. So I spent some time setting up a profile and adding some of the books that I’ve read. Wow! There are too many for me to add them all.But I’m working on it. Especially the books written by authors I know personally. I’ve also reviewed a few and rated them all.

That’s something that readers don’t do enough of, IMO. Give the author feedback. I don’t care how big the author is. Knowing that a reader took the time to rate or review your book is an amazing feeling. It’s like when you were in school and the most popular kid in class said hello. It’s that kind of amazing.

You see, to an author, the readers are the popular kids. They are the ones that matter. Their opinions can make or break an author’s reputation. So if you haven’t done it yet, join Goodreads! Rate the books you’ve read. Give an honest review. Oh, and add me as a friend cause I can never have too many of those. 😉

I had to manually add Impending Reveries to their list, but it’s there now. Make sure to add it to your bookshelf.

I haven’t done a lot of exploring yet. Just set up the basics. So I want to ask you: how do you use Goodreads?

Published in: on October 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM  Comments (2)  
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Anouncement: Impending Reveries

The long-awaited day is finally here! Impending Reveries has been published!

Talyn has always had vivid dreams, but when she noticed the people, places, and events from her dreams happening around her, she wondered if she’d gone insane. Until she met Joseph. He was everything she’d dreamed of for years, literally, and when she learned that he’d dreamed of her too, things changed. What they had were more than dreams. They were Impending Reveries.

Join Talyn and Joseph as they search for the truth behind their dreams and the meanings that they hold, all the while, also searching for something even greater. Their own happily-ever-after.

Where to purchase:

Published in: on October 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM  Comments (4)  
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WIP’s – What was I thinking?

Due to a dream that I had recently, I pulled out my WIP list. Just the number of files on this list had me worried. There are more stories than I have fingers! How did that happen?

My creative process is simple: I get ideas while I’m sleeping. Writer’s block? Time for a nap! It should come as no surprise that many stories are forgotten as new ones fill my head, but I had no idea there were that many!

After I got over the shock of the length of my list, I opened the first one to remind myself what it was about. Good hook in the first paragraph, I like the characters, then BOOM, the story got weird! I don’t mean wierd in a good way, I mean a “What was I thinking?” weird.

Personalities became fuzzy, the story was all over the place, and one sentence was written in gibberish. It appears that my fingers shifted on the keyboard without me noticing and I kept writing. It took me a while but I finally translated that sentence. It still didn’t make sense, but at least it was in English.

The delete button became my best friend. I don’t know if there is any chance to save this storyline, but I’m going to try. I have learned my lesson though. When my eyes get droopy and my thinking gets cloudy, I will step away from the keyboard.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 2:11 AM  Comments (4)  
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Girlie-Girl Tomboy

I am a girlie-girl tomboy. Yes, I know that’s a contradiction, but

My family couldn't believe that I was cooking so they took a pic to document it.

that’s what I am.

Growing up, my room was filled with dolls. Barbie dolls, baby dolls, Cabbage Patch Dolls, you name it, I had it. I loved to create stories for my dolls to act out. When I wasn’t doing that, I would be climbing a tree or digging in the dirt. (Barbie doll legs make pretty good shovels.)

I like to shop. HATE trying on clothes. “Girls like to play dress-up.” Nope, not me. I’ll dress up when necessary but hate the process. However, I LOVE the feeling that I get when I’m all decked out. (Who doesn’t like to strut in high heels and short skirts?) I just hate what it takes to get there. If a hairstyle takes longer than 5 minutes, you can count me out.

That’s just a couple of examples but I think you get the point. I am a girlie-girl tomboy. Due to my contradictory tendencies, I have been called crazy or weird most of my life. I prefer the term unique.

Now the writerly part. 🙂 When I began talking to other writers, I realized that I’m not as unique as I thought. We’re all crazy. Some of us can see, hear, smell our characters. (Psychologists call this schizophrenia.) It makes our writing more realistic. Your favorite author, the one that pulls you into the book and makes the world around you disappear? Yep, she’s nutso!

I have come to the conclusion that everybody has a few nutsoid tendencies. What’s yours?

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 1:59 AM  Comments (6)  
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Mad Muse!

I stupidly decided that I would wait to write the final book in my Impending Reveries saga and now my muse is mad.

This was my reasoning: I’ve already written 3 stories in the saga without the first being sold. When I get a contract, the editor will suggest changes, this is normal. My thought: Why finish the saga when I might have to go back and change it all?


I have started 5 new stories but I can’t get past the first couple of pages. My muse won’t let me. I have the ENTIRE book for my saga playing like a movie in my head. I can’t concentrate on anything else!

My solution: Write the damned story! I am giving in. I have apologized to my muse and will now do what she says! (I’m not sure that this will appease her, wine and chocolates may be called for.)

Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 3:04 AM  Comments (10)  
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Patience? Not so much.

If you don’t have patience, you shouldn’t be an author! An author is ALWAYS waiting for something.

  1. First, you wait for your muse to tell you what comes next. This is a hard one. You can’t get mad at your muse or say anything bad about him/her, because then s/he would leave you and where would you be? It’s frustrating, but most of the time if you pamper them enough, your muse will come through for you yet again.
  2. Next is editing. You have a critique partner? Great! The critique partner has a life and doesn’t get back to you for weeks. (Even though you do the same with their MS, it’s still a pain when it’s you who has to wait)
  3. This is the fun part! Your MS is back from your critique partner and it looks as though it has been in a scene from Spartacus. Red marks all over it (why did I spell tongue, tonke?), time to correct all of your mistakes.
  4. You have edited your MS to within an inch of its life, time to send the query letter. You can expect to wait 2-6 months for a response.
  5. Congratulations! The editor/agent requested a partial and/or synopsis (ugh, I hate synopsis but that’s a story for a different day). This means more waiting.
  6. Whoo Hooo! A request for the full! More waiting (this is where I am right now). This is the last step before you get an offer, which means that it is excruciating. The days seem to creep by.

I have no patience. My family will be happy to give you examples of how much of a pain I am when I have to wait. Is it worth all the stress? YES!!!! I will continue to wait ( not so patiently) every time that I write an MS. When you want something badly enough, you will walk through fire to get it!

What do you do to ease the stress of impatience? (Seriously, I need to know before my family throws me in the loony bin!)

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 12:59 AM  Comments (6)  
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Silken Sands Conference

The Silken Sands Conference was wonderful! I spent time with agents, editors, and authors. The list of things that I learned could go on forever, but I know that you don’t want to hear about that. The beach was very inspirational and we even had our pitch sessions outside. It was hard to be nervous with the sound of the waves in the background.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed, sent good vibes, or any other positive energy my way. IT WORKED! We were only alloted two pitch sessions but thanks to the sun and a fair complexioned editor, I was able to pitch to three wonderful ladies. I received two requests for the first three chapter and a request for the full manuscript. For those of you who haven’t been through this, that means they are wanting to know more about my story. Please keep the prayers heading my way as these ladies hold my baby in their hands.

Now I knew that I was going to meet a lot of new people, and I knew that I would make new friends, but this one lady stands out from the rest. Jamie Farrell (click her name for her blog) and I met when I handed her a frog that was in the “goodie room.” This is a story for another day but suffice it to say that it was an ice breaker. She has the most cheerful personality and makes everything more fun. I really look forward to seeing her again.

I want to thank the ladies at the GCC for making my first conference so fun and memorable. I had a great time and can’t wait for our next one in 2012!


Now it’s your turn. How did you like the conference? What was your favorite part? And for those of you who didn’t attend, tell us about a meeting on the beach. Whether it was a stranger or a group of your friends, tell us about your fun.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 1:29 AM  Comments (10)  
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My baby(WIP) is growing up!

Writing is like giving birth. Yes, you’ve probably heard that before. It takes a lot of pain to make something beautiful, but it is worth all the pain. This post is not about the writing process, though. What happens when your baby is all grown up and ready to head out into the world?

As you may know, I am leaving today for the Silken Sands Writers Conference at Pensacola Beach, Florida. I will be presenting my baby to an agent and an editor. These wonderful ladies have done this many times, but not with my baby.

My heart is pounding just thinking of what’s coming. I know my baby is ready for this, but that doesn’t make a mom any less anxious. What if they don’t like him/her? What if they try to change my baby into someone that I don’t recognize? Or the biggest anxiety, what if my baby does fine all on its own?

Okay, that last one might have some of you scratching your head. That is my biggest anxiety because then it will be out of my hands. I will get to give advice but the mothering is over.

Alright enough of this, here it is in plain English. Anxiety and excitement go hand in hand. I am afraid of the unknown, but it also gives me what can only be described as a rush of excitement. At this point, I’m not sure if I am shaking like a leaf from nerves or from the thrill. I want this so bad that I can’t stand it. I am ready!

Whoa, I am ready? Wow, just saying that made it clear. The excitement is definitely overwhelming the nerves. I will let you all know how it goes. Please keep me in mind.

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 3:33 AM  Comments (7)  
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A Pen Name Or Real Name?

During the meeting Saturday, another newbie and I were discussing pen names. Do I need one? How do I choose one? Why should I have one? Well, this got me to thinking (yes, a dangerous thing, me thinking), I’ve been working so hard to get my name out there, what if I’m using the wrong name?

The established authors suggest that if you value your privacy, use a pen name. I personally don’t mind that, I might eat those words, but for now I don’t. I love interacting with people. That’s the reason I have Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and a blog.

I started this blog with the hopes that one day all of my loyal readers could come and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, and just chat with me and other readers. So, it is my decision to continue using my real name for my young adult work.

On the other hand, if I ever decide to branch into a different genre, I will be using some other name. Let’s say I decided to write something that my mom wouldn’t want to brag to her friends about (spicy romance, crime drama, etc.), of course, I would use a pen name.

  • Now that you know my answer, tell me your answers:

When should an author use a pen name? What would your pen name be?

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 2:21 AM  Comments (8)  
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