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Mental Health and the Evie Cappelli series

The representation of mental health issues (specifically anxiety and depression) are a huge part of the Evie Cappelli series. The very first scene is Evie preparing to leave an in-patient facility, three months after a failed suicide attempt. Throughout the entire series, she struggles not only with the outside influences trying to destroy her, but… Continue reading Mental Health and the Evie Cappelli series

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An apology, a cover, and a really long Twitter thread

Friday¬†was...interesting. Some of you may have noticed a mad scramble as I tried to track down any posted images of THE SPIDER'S WEB. Some of you may not. It all started with Twitter. Well, with a blog post, really. Not mine. You see, last Friday an interview I did with Dianna L. Gunn on her… Continue reading An apology, a cover, and a really long Twitter thread

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#MHMon: Staying Motivated Through Rejection

We have all been there. You think you're a shoe in for the job, but you don't even get a call back. You send out the best query letter of your life, but the agent just sends back a form rejection. You get a book deal, only to have the publisher back out. The common… Continue reading #MHMon: Staying Motivated Through Rejection

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Quarterly writing check in

How can 2017 be a quarter over already? I'm so far behind! Back in January, I posted a list of books I wanted to write or edit this year. I've gotten a lot done, but I've also been moving a lot slower than I wanted to. ALL FOR ONE: This is done and with my… Continue reading Quarterly writing check in

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Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

The Basic Query Process Pretty much every writer who hopes to be published has to query at some point. A Query letter is an email/letter sent to a publisher or agent, introducing yourself and your work. It may or may not be accompanied by a synopsis or sample pages, based on the requirements of that… Continue reading Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

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Writing Under the Influence: Mental Health Mondays

I am not a doctor. I'm not a shrink. I took a couple of psychology courses in college and I've read a lot of self-help, but the only thing I have a degree to treat is artwork, not people. But I do have anxiety and depression. Does that surprise you? Anymore, it seems like everyone… Continue reading Writing Under the Influence: Mental Health Mondays

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Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

I recently got into a discussion on Twitter about transitioning from short fiction to writing novels. The person I was talking to had difficulties, because by the time they wrote a one page synopsis, they basically had the entire story on one page, from beginning to end. They'd become so used to writing short stories… Continue reading Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

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Writing WIPs & What’s Next

I've got a busy writing year ahead, if you couldn't tell from my list of goals. I've already started to put a dent in it, though. Drafting In progress: ALL FOR ONE. This is the gender-bent Three Musketeers I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I've been posting snippets on my Twitter feed, if you… Continue reading Writing WIPs & What’s Next

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Full Time, Part Time, Double Time: Writing and a Day Job

When people find out I'm a writer, the conversation usually takes a specific turn. The first question is usually, "Do you have a real job?" Nevermind the way this question makes my left eye twitch, yes, I do have a day job. The second question is always, "How do you manage to do both?" Oddly… Continue reading Full Time, Part Time, Double Time: Writing and a Day Job

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Things I’ve Learned about Writing

2016 was a whirlwind. In December of 2015, I was teetering on the brink of giving up ever getting published. I'd been working towards it since first grade, and missed every benchmark I set for myself--to be published before I started high school. Then before graduation. Before I finished my degree. Before I turned 25.… Continue reading Things I’ve Learned about Writing