Glitz, Glamour, and . . . Fuzzy Pants? #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

I've often seen a Facebook meme about the life of an author. What I think I do, what my mom thinks I do, what society thinks I do, what I want to do, and what I really do. While it's a pretty comical little picture, I don't think people realize how much of it is [...]

When your Passion becomes your Vice #writing #amwriting #mom #mommy #author

It all started out innocently enough. Of course, don't all things start out that way? We never mean to do the harm we eventually end up doing, right? We never actively pursue the quest to hurt a friend or family member. Sometimes we see it coming, but that's after we've started. And yet, sometimes we [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Ross Gellar #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Several months ago I did a post on A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani. While I don't really want to repeat the same post, my multiple requests I've been asked to do another. And this time I've decided to take on Ross Gellar. Ross was a bit harder than Joey, but I still [...]

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 [...]

An author is an author is an author #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy

Several weeks ago I saw another author post a question on Facebook about what makes an author. Is it one book published, five books published, or maybe ten books? How many books would she have to publish in order to call herself an author? She proceeded to go into some detail about a conversation she [...]

How dare you be Historical!?!? #writing #amwriting #historicalfiction #historicalromance #author

In the last few weeks, I've stumbled across Outlander. Yes I know I'm far behind, and we are now on season two, but with season one on DVD, I was able to catch up on the first season before the second even started. Of course, while I've been addicted to this TV show airing on Starz every week,  [...]

Finding a Better Balance #writing #amwriting #author #mom #mommy #writerslife #writerproblems

With warmer weather and a break from homeschool, it's now time to start spending more time outside in the sunshine instead of cooped up all day in the house. Between building garden boxes to cleaning out the barn to getting back into horseback riding for myself and the kids, I'm finding that I'm going to [...]

Stall Tactics #writing #amwriting #author #romance #writerproblems #writertips

So, I have to say that I'm actually doing pretty good on my resolution of writing 500-1,000 words a day. Some are more, while others are less. Some are easy, while others are hard. The only real problem I'm having are those pesky days where I just don't have it in me. The days where [...]

What to do about point of view…. #writing #amwriting #writerproblems #writerslife

For those of you who have read my novels, it's no secret that, obviously, I prefer to write in the first person, past tense point of view. And, considering that all four of them are written in that style, it's also safe to say that, obviously, I'm stalling when it comes to branching out. Yes, it's true, [...]

Wait…Who was that again? Memorable Characters #writing #amwriting #writerproblems #writertips

Halloween is upon us... Wait, what?? How in the ever-loving earth did it become October 19th? I mean, while I love, love, love Autumn, and this is one of favorite months, but, really? Halloween? Already? That means we have like...a month until  Thanksgiving and two months until Christmas. Uh... Well, now that I've picked myself up off the [...]

When plots change without your planning! #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems #author

Have you ever been writing when all of a sudden a character just walks into the scene and starts doing and saying things that you hadn't planned on? Wait...what? They can't do that. They aren't real. They are in your head, you know make belief, they can only do what you tell them to do. [...]

Write Drunk, Edit Sober #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems #author

We've all been there...well, at least I have, and I have to say, if you haven't been, then I bow down to your awesomeness. No seriously, if you, as a writer, have never had this (see video below...it's less than 2 minutes and hilarious) exact moment, you are extremely lucky. It's no secret that for most writers, [...]

Stages of Writing a Novel #writing #amwriting #writerslife

With my final read through of When the Black Roses Grow finally done, I've started, once again, on the first draft of As the Liquor Flows. Ah, yes, the joys of that first draft. The highs, the lows, the excitement, the pain, the jumping for joy, and the banging my head into either my table [...]

Are we nothing but little rebels? #amwriting #writing #writerlife #author

When I first saw this quote, I fell in love with it. "A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave." How perfect is that? No seriously, how perfect is that? Almost too perfect. As authors we are constantly putting our characters through hell---murders, mystery, war, romance strife, death of loved ones, cheating [...]