• Life,  Writing

    Camp NaNo Never

    It’s tempting, truly. The idea that, for one whole month you (too) can focus on your writing and complete an entire first draft. There’s a certain common sense to it that makes you think I can do that–I can set aside every other thing in my life for a mere thirty days and give the words their life! I mean, I want to. I want to do that every day, TBH. Isn’t that the dream? So NaNoWriMo (and it’s devilish offshoots, like Camp NaNo) are basically telling you that you (too) can live your dream for a month. And you’ll love it so much you’ll never go back to your old normal. This…

  • Marketing,  Releases,  Writing

    New Release: Crashed

    Crashed is a novel I finished in 2015, then completed an extensive edit on about three months ago. I wanted to put together a more elevated take on the ‘billionaire boss’ romance meme. What if she’s got a really big axe to grind? What if they have a backstory neither of them really knows about–and what they do know is wrong?  What if he wants to be less like his father and she wants to be more like hers? All the what if questions came together to form the nucleus of Crashed. I’m proud of the result. Here’s the official back-cover blurb: When Ella Leary crashes the birthday party of…

  • Writing

    Where I Write

    I like to think I can write “anywhere” but that’s less true than I’m comfortable with on most days. Yes, I usually have a way to write or record an idea or thought. I’ve written on my lunch hour and in Starbucks. I have voice memos, notes on napkins, notebook upon notebook, Evernotes, Dropboxes and clouds. I have a laptop, an iPad and a phone so I can literally go anywhere. Having said that, there is something to having your own space in which to create, where the post-it notes can be put on the wall and moved about. And so, about the time I got laid off, I set…

  • Marketing,  Writing

    Get Updates & More

    YAS! I have a newsletter…with caveats (because who doesn’t love a good caveat?).  I’m working on building my email list so I can get news, updates, promotions and give-aways out to the tribe. Hmm, maybe I’ll actually call it a tribe. We all still agree this is a good way to disseminate information to whatever masses choose to opt in. The caveats: the typical jargon such as you won’t be spammed, your information will not be sold or given away AND this may not be sent to you regularly. I reserve the right to punk out on putting an email newsletter together whenever I feel like it. I hope I…

  • Writing

    5 Ways to Know You’re a Writer

    Writers are odd ducks, let’s be honest. We live inside our minds. Other people don’t understand how it works, how you can create something from nothing, literally. I always feel a bit weird answering questions about the process because, while the answer may be interesting to people, that answer is also (usually) very personal. I’ve been blessed to know a lot of creative souls, probably more than most, and the answer is as individual as each person’s DNA. So, here’s my take on 5 ways to know you’re a writer: Your fictional world may (at times) be much more interesting than your real life. I like my everyday…everyday. I like…

  • Releases,  Writing

    Release Schedule

      Hey y’all! With three titles in the Bryeton Books series re-released and a fourth in pre-production (which means I’m thinkin’ about it in the shower), I’m plannin’ to move on in 2018 to release some things I’ve had either completed or nearly complete.  These are the three titles: Crashed, Ten Days and Missing. I’m calling this the New South Series as they are all set in booming cities in the South. The books highlight Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN, and Charleston, SC. They’re also all comtemporaries. Never been so excited to be able to put a freakin’ cell phone in one of my stories! I plan to round out the…