A Story About Reviews

Can I get sappy on you guys for a second? I was looking at this image on my computer. These are reviews for The Seventh Seed, which officially released less than a week ago, on October 24th. Reviews have been coming in since then, and as of a few minutes ago, it has 16 with…

The Coolest Thing That’s Happened To Me

I’m currently in sunny Florida as a faculty member of the FWA Writers Conference. Yesterday, I presented my first workshop titled How I Sold 20,000 Copies of my Debut Novel in its First Twelve Months.  I received lots of amazing feedback afterwards. One guy wanted a selfie with me. That was flattering but not the…

The First Thing I Wrote

I participate in a Twitter chat called #TweepWriter. It’s a community where writers answer a different question every day throughout the month. Today was day 20, so this was the question: What was the first thing (poem, short story, book, blog post, etc) you ever wrote about? I think I misunderstood the question because I…

Fundraiser for Houston Disaster Relief

By now you’ve seen the shocking images coming out of Houston as Hurricane Harvey batters the area. The size of the storm combined with the fourth most-populated city in the country has created an unprecedented disaster, and as of this writing, there is still at least a foot of rain to come. This disaster is…

Lessons From An Unplanned Road Trip

I’m writing this from a hotel room. The last hotel room in an unexpected ten-day adventure, in fact. Tomorrow, we’ll be home. Back to our non-humid, cat-filled normal lives. We were supposed to be home last Friday. Flashback to two Fridays ago. My family and I are waiting in our local airport for our flight…

Do Women Authors Benefit From Using Initials?

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. Twitter and other social media platforms teemed with memories and thoughts about the series and its author, J. K. Rowling. There’s an inspirational “keep on keeping on” story about how many times Rowling was rejected by agents and publishers before someone…