Smothered, Covered, Chunked

This isn’t your typical bookish article. It’s not going to really talk about books at all. The subject matter though, is the holy grail of literary prowess. Waffle House and Walmart and women in colonial costumes. Trust me. Recently, I was chatting with some friends and the story I was telling included an offhand reference…

Update: Begotten

A bit about process... and a big reveal! The creative process is organized chaos. I learned two books ago (“Two books ago? But I only see one book authored by you for sale?” Exactly. Read on.) I learned two books ago that just sitting at a keyboard and typing willy nilly with a book idea…

Making the POV Choice

First vs Third person [limited or omniscient] As a reader what do you prefer? Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels Ellipsis was written in first person for a really specific reason. I wanted to limit the world, to a world that is seen strictly through Nell's eyes. A world filtered with her biases, her fears, through her life's…

Catch up time!

This long overdue post comes after weeks of frantic preps for the launch of Ellipsis. I'd done my homework, I'd queried the right agents, was rewarded with some full requests, one of them seemed very excited about my project. <insert bad timing> At about the same time I had what felt like a real bite…

Count down!

I'm excited to share an anticipated March 1st release date for my debut novel, Ellipsis. The future looks promising and it's supposed to come easily.Carefree art model and college student Nell seems to have it all together. She has an assortment of tools from her ideal upbringing and is crafting the perfect life plan. Then…

Lebensmüde

The Germans have a knack for coining words that perfectly sum up the human experience, words that have no direct English translation. For a culture that is sometimes (horribly and mistakenly) stereotyped as cold and technical, Germany sure has a colorful variety of ways to describe emotions and feelings. Enter Lebensmüde. A rough translation is…

Pandemic vacation

I'm a fairly frequent traveler. It's truly my passion (husband, kids, writing, oh and the fur-ball purring next to me notwithstanding) and like everyone else on Planet Earth for the past nine months it just hasn't been possible. In a desperate bid for escape I've been turning to travelogues, travel memoirs, and fiction books set…

Revisiting The Classics

I've developed an obsession with collecting Franklin Library leather bound books. I've mentioned before, I'm a very tactile reader and this is why kindle is not one of my favorite ways to read a book. The Franklin Library collection though, is an entirely different and elevated sensory level of reading. The warm, textured covers protect…

Epic suburban sidewalk journeys

Through these miserable days of Covid isolation, I've spent countless hours planning out long intricate walking journies journeys (why is spelling in the English language so bloody convoluted?) I watch every through hike movie and documentary I can find. I've read countless hiking and walking memoirs. I'm studiously planning my own Camino de Santiago walk…