How My Travel Mystery Series was Inspired by a Trip to Japan

How My Travel Mystery Series was Inspired by a Trip to Japan

When I was a child, reading was an escape for me. In adulthood, I found a more literal escape in traveling. A few years ago, my job was really getting me down and affecting my self-esteem. I had some money saved so I decided to hand in my notice and take a trip with my family. We wanted to go somewhere that would be completely different from our everyday lives; we chose Japan. It was there I found the inspiration for my travel mystery series.

Become a Better Writer Using These Resources

Become a Better Writer Using These Resources

Setting a small amount of time aside to learn and apply that new knowledge can lead to tremendous change over time. Our schedules, like our budgets, are a reflection of our priorities. I set aside an hour or more a day to read, listen, or watch something that I feel will help me become a better writer. Looking back at the year, there are a few resources that really stand out. They were extremely valuable to the progress I've made.

50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

One cannot survive on writing alone but in November, we try... National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] asks authors to commit to completing 50K words [the first draft of a novel] in a single month. I wanted to share what helped me get through it, where I plan to do things differently the next go around, and one crucial question that I was left pondering as the month’s end drew near.

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Have you ever read a book and thought, I wonder what would have happened if the main character did (insert action), instead. While the movie credits were rolling, have you thought, "Another great ending would have been..." Some great works, and many lousy ones, resulted from reimagining existing stories. Keep reading to find out what constitutes reimagining a story, when it's allowed, and a few of the ways it's been accomplished.

Join a Pinterest Group Board to Promote Your Writing

Join a Pinterest Group Board to Promote Your Writing

Pinterest is a wonderful place for authors, bloggers, and other writers to build their brand, and raise awareness about their content and products. After setting up a Pinterest profile, there are a multitude of decisions to need to be made. How many boards do I want? How many pins should I create? How often should I save other people's content?Should I use hashtags? The list goes on and on... Eventually, you'll probably find yourself wondering, would joining a Pinterest Group Board help promote your writing?

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

While doing an interview for Jon McBrine, I was asked about common writing challenges that aspiring writers might face. In my response I discussed the plethora of distractions, which was the first thought that came to mind. When I saw his question, I immediately realized that there are too many "traps for aspiring writers" to [...]

Writing My First Children’s Picture Book

Writing My First Children’s Picture Book

It's my hope that those who read the story of Gabby's developing relationship with her new friend will cherish it for many years! Gabby and Katie inspire, as they make connections, solve problems, and learn life lessons. They're lovable and unique, inviting readers to see beauty within themselves, and reminding them to be true to who they are.

When You Are Hooked on a Book

When You Are Hooked on a Book

When you love a book, the ending of the story doesn’t necessarily finalize your journey with the characters. You create sequels, prequels, and alternate endings in your imagination. You feel justified filling the gaps in their story. After all, you've glimpsed their thoughts, shared their hopes and dreams, witnessed their first kiss, and held them in their darkest hours.