Ruin is a Gift. Ruin leads to Transformation #writing #author #amwriting #romance #fantasy #contemporary

When the movie Eat Pray Love came out there was one scene and one quote that struck me so deeply, that I've used it several times over the years if a friend was going through a particularly hard situation. "A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It's called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built [...]

Reader Entitlement: How far is too far? #amwriting #writing #author

A couple of months ago I wrote a post asking authors how they would feel if Hollywood screwed up their books when making it into a movie. The topic came to mind sometime after the announcement that the last Divergent movie was shelved and would be turned into a TV series instead. I've always been [...]

Things you should never say to an Author #writing #amwriting #author #romance

Every so often I hear a phrase, whether it's said to me or I see another author comment about what someone said to them on social media, that just makes me want to shake my head. Of course, these people aren't really privy to the reasons that their words bug us so much, seeing as they [...]

Do you need to “reset” yourself? #writing #amwriting #author #romance

"Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself?" No? I guess it must be just me then. About a month ago, I woke up one morning and I just knew I needed to "RESET MYSELF". I'd had a pretty stressful and hurtful week before, and I knew that if I didn't change not [...]

Thanks for the Free Book . . . Sucker! #author #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy

There is a new marketing and promotional trend for authors that is growing in popularity. How long it's been growing I'm not sure, as I was only introduced to it a couple of months ago, but whatever, it's growing. So what is this trend? Giving away full copies, or parts of your novels, or short stories on [...]

Trolls exist . . . it’s true, they steal your socks! #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy

Any author who has novels on the market knows about "those reviews". You know those bad reviews where you just know that the person sitting on the other side of the screen typed those nasty-beyond-nasty words just out of spite. Maybe they know you personally or met you in a public place and without meaning to [...]

Behaving Badly ~ The Curse of the Internet Rant #writing #amwriting #author #selfpublishing #wednesdayblessings

Today, I'm reflecting on grace. I remember a fire storm erupting a couple of years ago over  one author's rant against JK Rowling. In the article, author  Lynn Shepherd bashed the famed Harry Potter creator and all her fans. Suffice it say this attack didn't bode well for Ms. Shepherd's career, and with the hate mail she received and [...]