Q: How much money do you make writing?

This has to be the #1 question I am asked.  Some people might lead with, “What do you write?,” but they’re quick to follow with asking how much money I make.  I get it.  You’re curious.  And no, I don’t mind you asking. Some people ask because they don’t think writing is a valid career.  Some people ask because they…

Value As A Writer

This time last year, I was applying to writing residencies, poetry scholarships, and sending in submissions to writing contests.  I’d basically spent the year throwing myself into the self-publishing pool and attempting to swim, and I had decided it was time I was recognized for my talent.  Or rather, enough people had told me to broaden my horizons, make a name…

Onto The Next Genre!

By now, people are reading my latest book, Howl, and from what I’ve heard, they’re liking it.  Fantastic.  That’s my favorite thing to hear, right after, “WHY THE HELL DID YOU KILL MY FAVORITE CHARACTER?!?”  Especially at two in the morning.  Definitely at two in the morning and yes, I know… I really should stop answering my phone at two…

Why Fall is the Start of the New Year

I’m drinking breakfast tea as I write this, which is something I only do in the fall/winter. (drink tea, that is, not write)  And yeah, I know it’s not technically fall until the 21st or whatever, but it is still September and September, I’ll have you know, is the start of the new year. Forget January.  What’s so great about…

It’s My Book Anniversary

Two years ago today I published my first book.  Okay, I published two- Silk and The Great Good Thing.  I was one part optimistic and three parts terrified.  You know the feeling: where you pour your heart and soul into what you’re doing and then you stop and think, “What will people think?”  (or in my case, “What will my…

Thoughts: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’ve just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  If you haven’t read this book, stop everything this minute and find yourself a copy.  If you happen to be a friend of mine, I shall happily loan you mine, but you must promise under pain of death that you will…

HOWL IS OUT!

Tada!!!  As of today, Howl is officially out in the universe for your reading enjoyment.  … don’t you just love how I give you guys a heads up about this stuff?  Yeah. But onto the important stuff! For all you Kindle lovers, click here to snag your copy of Howl. If paperbacks are your thing, I’d love if you ordered a…

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