The F-Word

I’d like to take a moment to talk about a dirty word. The F-word. No, not that one. Think for a moment. Look inside yourself for the answers Do you believe that people should be hired and paid based on merit? Do you believe people should be able to study whatever subject they want, regardless… Continue reading The F-Word



Keep reading for a sneak peak at the first chapter of my next book, OFF THE RAILS, coming October 23! CHAPTER ONE November 1865 Somewhere in those shadows, something watched me. Moonlight cast my room in an eerie blue glow. Shadows softened the corners of the furniture, turning them into ominous creatures lurking in the… Continue reading OFF THE RAILS PREVIEW

books, writing

Location, Location, Location

Saturday I went on a bit of a mini research trip. If you follow my Instagram (@knotmagick) you might have seen some of the videos pop up in my stories. I drove down to Chillicothe to look at some local papers to research for a novel. I've actually got the bulk of the manuscript written… Continue reading Location, Location, Location


#MHMon Guest Post

The following essay was submitted by a reader who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the content. While this is not the type of content I typically seek out for Mental Health Mondays, I think this is an important story to tell. While sexual assault has received a lot of attention… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post


What’s in a name?

Many of you know that the name I write under--Sophia Beaumont--is not my real name. Writers use pen names for a variety of reasons. Sophia is a name I've used online for years, as it means "wisdom." As a consummate Ravenclaw, wisdom is something I've always desired to have, but often felt myself lacking. Also,… Continue reading What’s in a name?


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I'm pretty open about myself here, but there are probably a few things you don't know about me. If you want to know more, keep reading. I caught pneumonia when I was nine years old while swimming in a pond.  I inhaled pond water and developed bacterial pneumonia as a result. I was very sick… Continue reading 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me


Coming soon!

That's right! Are you guys ready? The title of my next book is... *drumroll* OFF THE RAILS. Sophia Andrews was fully prepared for her husband to die fighting for the Union--or at least, as prepared as one can be for such an eventuality. She was not expecting him to be murdered in cold blood on… Continue reading Coming soon!


Want free books?

Starting this month, I'm launching a new mailing last in conjunction with my regular update email. This new list is for Advanced Readers & Reviewers. In other words, though people who regularly leave reviews for their favorite books on their blog, Amazon, or on Goodreads. It's pretty simple to sign up: just fill out this… Continue reading Want free books?


Welcome Back

Did you miss me? I know August just FLEW by. I took a break, and I can't even remember most of it! I did get a chance to get partially caught up on some editing, however, and we did some much needed work around the house that has been neglected for...well, months, really. So, saddle… Continue reading Welcome Back


#MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler

How Outlining Helps Me When I’m Anxious or Depressed   When I started writing, I didn’t outline, and I’m not saying it’s required. However, outlining has helped me face challenges with recent projects. I have periods of time where I lack motivation or the act of writing feels too overwhelming. It doesn’t help when I… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler