Re-release! Small as a Mustard Seed Paperback

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My award-winning debut novel, Small as a Mustard Seed, got a new cover and is available in paperback once again!   What’s it about? As the daughter of a Korean war veteran, Ann Marie learns not to trust people, including her own parents. While her father rages with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), confusing reality with […]

My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Make A Writer’s Contract

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Favorite writing advice: “Make a Writer’s Contract.” (you can read the whole article here) Who said it: Aimee Bender, novelist & creative writing professor Why: A Writer’s Contract basically outlines what you will do with your writing on a daily/weekly basis (like write so many hours a day, just weekdays/weekends, fiction only, in the mornings/afternoons/evenings, […]

Go Get A Job (You Bum)

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  “My eyes would say: thank you, I see you.” “And their eyes would say: nobody ever sees me, thank you.” ~Amanda Palmer The deepest human need is one of connection ~ feeling like we belong, not only in our environment but also with other people. The same atoms (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, etc.) that form […]

Ten Crucial Tips To Help You Get Your Book Reviewed

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So I did some research a while back on how to increase my chances of getting my novels reviewed and came up with 10 helpful tips. I’m focusing here on smaller venues for indie authors in particular. Bigger publications like Booklist & Publishers Weekly are fantastic, and you should absolutely try to get into them, […]

My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Write 15 Minutes Every Day

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Favorite writing advice: “Write without editing in your journal for 15 minutes every day. It will change your life.” Who said it: Katherine Black, poet & creative writing professor Why: Writing steam of consciousness ~ whatever comes to mind, zero editing or judgment ~ lets you open up your mind. It lessens fear of the blank […]

My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Write Like A Mother****er

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Favorite writing advice: “Write like a mother****er.” Who said it: Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild) at  Why: Well, this past summer I got burned out and stopped writing because my thinking also got into a funk. I thought: who cares, what difference does it make, it’s never going to be good enough, […]