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, […]

It’s My Second Blogoversary!

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  Wow. Two years. Ridiculous how fast time goes by. Truly, I’m shocked writing this because it doesn’t feel like that much time at all. This is just a quick note to let you know that the vast majority (99.9%) of you are: amazing gifted & crazy talented supportive nurturing & encouraging stellar human beings […]

One Wild Life ~ Choose Faith, Not Fear

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  Choose Fear is thinking what I’m doing doesn’t matter, faith is me believing it matters and doing it. Fear is believing no one cares, faith is believing that at least one person does. Fear is believing that I don’t make a difference, faith is believing that at least one person is getting something from […]

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 TheRumpus.net  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, […]

Why I Wrote My Novel, Small As A Mustard Seed

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  I am somewhat obsessed with war. My grandfather fought for the Germans on the Russian front during World War II. My grandmother, in the middle of 1940s Germany, held their little family together by herself for more than six years. My dad had the formative years of his childhood in a war-torn environment and […]