Thoughts on Being Published

An interesting thing happens when you write a book. You spend weeks, months, maybe even years, pouring out your thoughts on to paper, watching your word count slowly drift upwards. You dig out things from your imagination, create brand new people, describe thrilling (and sometimes mundane) events, design cultures, and build entire WORLDS. And youContinue reading “Thoughts on Being Published”

In Defense of Picture Book Writers

Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes as a kidlit writer, it can feel a bit nerve-wracking to tell someone, especially a fellow writer, that I write picture books. And I know I’m not alone in that feeling. Why is that? Back in August, I attended a writers workshop. I volunteered to help with theContinue reading “In Defense of Picture Book Writers”

The Elect: Chapter 1

Hey guys! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so excited about this entry, because after requesting permission from my publisher, I’m officially cleared to share the first chapter of The Elect with the world – FOR FREE! If you’re drawn into the story after reading this excerpt, I’d be honored if you purchase theContinue reading “The Elect: Chapter 1”

What’s in a Name?

If you, like I, struggle with figuring out how to name your characters, you’re not alone. Naming your main character (MC), as well as secondary characters and especially your story’s protagonist, is a daunting task. Names reveal more than just a relative understanding of personality – they reveal the world in which your story isContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Let’s Talk About Adverbs

To put it mildly, agents, editors, and even readers tend to hate adverbs, or at least they hate the overuse of adverbs. So, what is an adverb? Adverbs are words that describe an action. Typically, they end in “ly” (see what I did there?). What are some examples? Let’s use some Game of Thrones referencesContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Adverbs”