Out with the Old, In with the New: Book 2, Diary #4

It’s amazing how new characters can pop up and surprise you. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind journey for my second novel. I realized as I was reading through a very early draft that something wasn’t working, and then it hit me. My love interest. My cute, soccer-playing boy from North Carolina. He […]

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Things I’m Loving in August

Reading: I’m halfway through Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Stephanie Tromly’s YA mystery debut, and it is super witty. I’m loving the banter and the pacing… and Digby. Oh, I do love me some Digby. I also read Tanaz Bhathena’s What We Left Behind (previously title Qala Academy) at the beginning of the month, and it completely […]

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Pinterest: Book 2, Diary #3

While drafting If Birds Fly Back, I didn’t use Pinterest at all, but for book 2, I find myself gravitating towards it more and more. Book 2 is so very much influenced by setting that I thought I’d give Pinterest a serious try. And I love it! For me, it really helps with atmosphere – a reminder that […]

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces

Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just, wow. I’m not sure what impresses me most about Girl in Pieces: the elegance of the writing, the depth and punch of the narrative, or the way we’re pulled into this story so fiercely that it’s impossible to […]

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My Writing Process: Book 2, Diary #2

Creating a book (a whole big book with words and pages, oh my!) is rather intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written a complete book before; what I’ve learned is that the second time is just as nerve-wracking – possibly even more so. A few people have asked me recently about my writing process, so […]

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Book 2 Diary, #1

Ah, the fearsome Book 2—striking panic in authors since the beginning of time. This may be the first of many Book 2 posts… or not. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I knew that I needed to get some thoughts on paper (or on the Internet, in this case). Even before I got my book […]

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Book Deal!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen some very exciting news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL! The fact that I can even type that sentence is a miracle. I keep reminding myself: This is actually happening. Holy crap, it’s happening! The first book is called If Birds Fly Back, and I’m […]

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Editing! Yay!

So, I’m just going to come out and admit that I like editing more than the early creative stages of writing. There’s just something ridiculously satisfying about taking a lump of words (because, let’s be honest, no one’s first drafts are that stellar) and turning them into something shiny and glorious. I get pretty excited by it. […]

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Writing + Music

During drafting, if I hit on a song I like – something that really works with the tone, message, or plot of my book – I listen to it on repeat. Sometimes all day. I’ve heard of writers who loop one song for the entire writing process. I’m not sure if I’ll ever love a […]

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Query Tips

So you’ve completed your book. Congratulations! This is a humongous achievement, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for even making it this far. Well done, you. I get asked a lot about tips for approaching literary agents – the oh-so-scary query process – so I thought I’d compile some useful things here. […]

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