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 [...]

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 [...]

To fake it, or not to fake it . . . #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

I have been blessed with fantastic writer friends. Yes, I am one of the lucky ones that can say that. In the past several months, in an effort to make more time for reading, I've been challenging myself to a book a month---a challenge that I've been able to keep. Yay! So far my reading [...]

Why you gotta be so mean? #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

Just like every other author out there, I've always known the drill when it comes to dealing with bad reviews: just don't read them and ignore them completely. Still, though, even with all that wonderful advice, sometimes we cave. We read them. And they hurt. They hurt a lot. Certainly, every bad review can sting, but [...]

What is Considered “Good Writing”? #writing #amwriting #writerproblems #writertips

I have to say that in my opinion, I don't really think there is an answer to such a question. What is considered good writing? Is it the number of 5 star reviews you have? The number of fans you have? Is it the number of copies your books have sold? The number of years [...]

Reviews are like an Authors Credit Score #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

"I don't believe young characters in novels should drink..... 1 Star out of 4 and would not recommend this novel." So in other words, instead of reviewing this novel from an open mind, you're going to demonize it for your own personal beliefs, bash it for something that other people might not care about, but [...]