My First Book Signing – And I Had A Blast!

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That’s me!

That’s actually me, doing a reading from my book! The book that I wrote! The one on the shelves! (I know I’m babbling, but it still seems a bit surreal.)

I had my first author event on Friday at Towne Book Center, with a terrific crowd and delicious glittery cake pops and the best damn coffee of my life!

Special thanks to the staff at Towne Book Center who were warm and welcoming – they also extended an invitation to their Young Writer’s Group, so I had a few of their members in attendance as well. They asked the best questions! Continue reading

Social Media & Mayhem -Trying To Keep Focus Is Hard

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One of the biggest plusses you have as an author is the advent of social media.

Unfortunately, it’s also one of an author’s biggest minuses.

Here’s the thing: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and my blog enable me to interact with readers and would-be readers from all over, to extend my reach beyond my friends, family and neighbors, and most of it without spending much (or any) money.

What it does cost me is time, and when you’re a single working mother, that time is oh-so-precious. Every hour I have to spend scheduling tweets and posts, or taking pretty pictures of books, or coming up with blog content is time I’m not spending on my writing. Which is not ideal. Continue reading

Tidbit Tuesday: Jessa Asks Finn About His Past

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In my YA novel, TRAVELER, Jessa has just learned she has the ability to travel through mirrors into other realities, where she steps into other versions of herself. In this scene, Finn – a fellow Traveler – has taken her through the mirror to an excessively sparkling reality for her first taste of Glitter Mousse. Jessa does her best to pry into his mysterious past . . .


“So you’re not from here?”

“Here?” Finn glances around at the shining chrome and sparkling chandeliers of glittery Mugsy’s.

“There,” I qualify. “Back where I’m from. You’re not from my reality.”

“No.” He looks uncomfortable.

“Do you know me, where you’re from?”

“I did.” Continue reading

Check Out The Beth’s Bookcase Podcast Interview Of Yours Truly

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the charming Beth Ashley, who’s a podcaster, publisher, and writer in her own right in the U.K. for her podcast on “Beth’s Bookshelf.”

We had a fun and in-depth discussion on the things that make a writer, the issues of diversity and disability in literature, and all the things that make TRAVELER a really adventurous read (that brings in all the feels).

Check out the podcast here.

And thank you, Beth Ashley – let’s do this again sometime!

Guest Blog: How My “Useless” Theatre Degree Made Me A Better Writer

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My guest blog on using Theatre techniques for better writing is up at Adventures In YA Book Publishing.

Even though I haven’t landed on Broadway (yet!), I’ve never regretted my Theatre degree. As a writer, it’s become even more invaluable. I cannot tell you how many scenes I’ve blocked out for logistics, acted out for emotions and beats, and recited aloud for pacing and inflection. If you’re holding my book in your hand, you’re holding a performance piece – a very carefully rehearsed performance piece.

And if you’ve never had an acting class and you’re a writer, you might want to consider it.