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January 5, 2020

Coming Back to my Blog

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I don’t know why it has been so long since I have blogged. I could say it was the jobs I had last year. I could say it was the personal demons I was battling. I could say it was a combination of the two…but bottom line is I dropped the ball on my poor blog. So, of course, with the new year upon us, it was the perfect time for me to revisit my blog….new year, new me rigmarole.

So, here it is 2020. I have 16 books out: three children’s books, one book about writing activities, one mystery, one book of poetry, one book about my teaching career, three in general fiction,  and six romance. I have about 90 projects started. There is no slowing down for me. I want to have more projects finished and off of my plate and out into the world. There are so many characters I want to share with my readers…so many nonfiction projects I want to share with you as well.

I also want to be more supportive of my fellow authors. We are all in this together, after all. So I will be upping my reading and reviewing game this year, so that I can share others’ literary creations with the world.

This is going to be an amazing year.

January 7, 2019


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Last year, I had a couple of breakthroughs…I hit double digits with my books out. This was with Driven West, my first attempt at a mystery. From it, I learned what to do with my next mystery. I also learned that I finally felt like a grown-up author. Double digits…that’s a big deal.

My next breakthrough was the monstrosity that was Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. P.S. It’s you, not Me. This was my first swim in non-fiction waters, which is a breakthrough, of course…but given the subject matter, was hardly the biggest breakthrough. This book was my hardest book to write yet, and it took longer for me to get out than planned. There was a lot of baggage and boxes to go through. Teaching introduced me to people I would never have met otherwise, but also was an emotional journey I had mostly dealt with by shoving things in boxes. Huge Breakthrough.

Another breakthrough was entering into the realm of Children’s books. Two amazing friends and I decided to create TOMMY. His first book Tommy’s Moving Day opened up a whole new world for the three of us, and there is not a part of me that doesn’t absolutely love that little bat.

My final breakthrough as an author was Shades of Blue. My first book of poetry. This book has been a part of my “I need to get this out” for over a decade. It very well could have been my first book out…but everything happens in the time it is meant to, and I was finally ready to let go of my poems and share them with the world.

I also had a breakthrough that I was healed from past pains, but that is another post for another day.


November 3, 2018

Whatever You Make of It

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Every on asks me which novel of mine is my favorite, and I say each of them is my favorite in its own right.

This one is the first novel I published and for that reason alone, it will be my favorite, but it will also always hold a special place in my heart because Jac and Jyn are two characters I have loved since I have met them. I have been Jyn, in love with a friend (though things haven’t worked out for me in that front — maybe I just haven’t met my Jac).

What was fun about this novel was the interaction between Jac and Jyn and Johnathon and Rebecca. Having this as my first novel, I could have my characters ask the questions I needed to figure out.

You should check this book out. It’s a fun read and a unique book..and there has even started to be an inkling of a second novel, floating around in my mind.

November 1, 2018


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For the past six years, I have taken the month of November and hid out to participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo (or as I lovingly refer to it as “nano”).

The goal is simple: 50,000 words. 30 days. See…easy 😀

Four of the six years, I have been successful. I have gotten my 50,000 words in 30 days. I have broken down the word count to 1667 words a day, and I have reached the goal. Go me.

What I have found that works for me is

**an outline

**Prompts for plot points

**good pens

**music in my ears

**tasty beverage in my cup

**notebook for project

**comfy chair

**food I can eat with my left hand

**my wrist brace for days I have pushed too far

**abandoning friends and family in order to hit my word count

Love you all. See you in December. I will post about my other books and post updates on my progress

September 21, 2018


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When I taught, students always wanted to know who my favorite student was, and I of course never let them know who and tried really hard to not actually have any favorites. (Well, I tried…)

At the book signings this summer, I was asked which book I had written was my favorite. Um…each of them? All of them? How could I even begin to say that. Each of them holds a separate place in my heart, each of them is special to me, and each of them is my favorite.

So, I thought I would look at why each of them is my favorite, over the course of the next few days. And I know that the more books that come out, the more favorites I will have. And all of them will be my favorites. And that doesn’t make any of them less my favorite.

Now, as an English teacher, I know what I am saying is not grammatically correct. Favorite is superlative, as in “there can be only one,” and for me to have multiples is not how I am “supposed” to express it…but maybe you haven’t heard… I am not an English teacher anymore…

July 26, 2018

Dear Teaching

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Dear Teaching,

          You knew my weakness. I mean, how could you not. It was always about them. It didn’t matter how old they got, it was always about the kids…and you knew exactly how to keep me under your thumb. “The kids need you. What will they do without you?” And I would stay another year…

That is an excerpt from the Bonding chapter of Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. This book has made me a stronger writer, to be sure, a stronger person, and has taken me on every roller coaster of emotions which could exist. I am making progress on it, yes, and will have it out as soon as it is ready…but I work on it for a bit and then I have to go play with something light. (Quarter Finals is perfect for this.)

It is amazing to look back at 2 decades of your life and wonder what your life would be like if, at any point, you had made a different choice, and knowing at the very core of  you, that you wouldn’t change anything on the off chance that there would be people you couldn’t have met if you had done even one thing differently.

July 10, 2018

Book Signing

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I am very excited to have this book signing scheduled with my friend and fellow author, Lucas Coon. If you are in the area a week from Friday, you should definitely come check it out. I have 10 books out and will have Dear Teaching for pre-order. Lucas has 3 books out and will be promoting his 4th one as well. Come out and support local authors and buy a book or two.

There will be a book signing on 8/4 as well, located at the Corporate Woods Starbucks. More details to follow on that one.

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April 2, 2018

It happens every time…

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So I just clicked send on my 10th novel last week, and as it has happened nine other times now…after my novel is done, I feel the tiniest bit lost. This novel has been my sole focus for a few months now (okay, when I say sole focus, it’s not “entirely” true that I didn’t work on any other project, but my MAIN project was this one). I used to not finish anything, which is why I have drafts all over the place and in various stages of “done.”

In 2011 when I held Whatever you Make of It for the very first time, I knew that I needed to finish each of  my projects and I needed to focus my poor “too many tabs open” brain on one project at a time (well, again, one MAIN project. If I seriously just work on one project, writer’s block becomes a thing, and that’s not okay…I learned my lesson NaNoWriMo 2013).

Each time I have clicked send, there is a patch of time, usually a week or two, where I feel unmotivated and almost listless. (This is not meaning I am without my lists, hahaha, I crack myself up). Where I want to start working on my next project, but I’m not quite “there” and I want to read books, but not quite “there” either.  Friends who have tiny humans relate it to post-partum…and that seems an accurate analogy as I usually feel “fine” again after I have my book in my hands. Maybe that it is it entirely…maybe I click send and then don’t get to see my child for a couple of weeks and I don’t really know what exactly to do.


March 12, 2018


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So normally I hate limbo. I hate not knowing an answer or solution. I like to know what it going on so I know what I need to do to deal with things.

The ONE exception to this…and it is where I am right now.

I sent off my 10# novel to my wonderful reader. And now I am in the most blissful of limbos…She is reading it as she can…just as my life doesn’t get to have a pause button to write, hers doesn’t have one so she can read…but already my phone has received some texts about things…which I love.

The only time I can wait is when she’s reading my novel. I know she will guide me to any plot holes or problems and then I can do my final read-through, and then get my #10th book out into the world. I love having my book almost ready to go. I hope you all love Driven West as much as I do.

February 26, 2018

Pause Button

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Okay, I know why I don’t get one…and that if I had one, everyone should get to have one, and then where would we be…in some constant state of pause either from our own button or someone else’s. Every horrible and not so horrible (though still mind-twisting) time travel novel and movie comes into mind and I know the end result would be horrible. Imagine you are in the middle of a conversation…or other activity…and they push pause. Um…hello?? I’ll just see myself out, then.

I also know why I don’t get one…with as little self control as I have with ice cream, I think we all know I would over use my pause button…didn’t get enough sleep…PAUSE…didn’t understand what someone said; need another minute to process…PAUSE…didn’t rehearse my food order (even though I always get the same thing)…PAUSE…and of course, right now, with work to do for both jobs and work to do for Driven West…PAUSE…PAUSE… PAUSE…

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