Is There Too Much Apologizing Going On?

There’s an interesting phenomenon in the blogospere and in social media. It looks something like this: “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while.” “I’m sorry for posting so often.” “I apologize for the political post.” “Sorry for all the book posts.” And on and on and on. I noticed the first example in blogs…

Sometimes, You Need A Win

If you know me in real life, you know I go to Starbucks a lot. A lot. My kids attend Taekwondo classes across the street from the Starbucks location I frequent the most, and they pretty much live at Taekwondo, especially around tournament time. The baristas know my name. I gave them copies of The Seventh…

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…