The “Places” in Someplace Familiar

We’re a few days in to the month of Someplace Familiar‘s FIRST BOOK BIRTHDAY! It’s fun to sit and remember the story that became so dear to me over the years of writing, editing, and promoting. I thought it would be fun to take a few minutes to remember one of my favorite places inContinue reading “The “Places” in Someplace Familiar”

250+ Author Tips (Plus, a Giveaway!)

“Would you stop being so stubborn?!” I uttered these words under my breath during my last editing session. My heroine was being particularly stubborn to do what I wanted her to in the scene. What? You didn’t know fictional characters have a mind of their own? It’s true! If you’re like me, characters take onContinue reading “250+ Author Tips (Plus, a Giveaway!)”

Casting for the Movies…

Do you ever imagine who would play your favorite book characters in the movie adaptation? Me, too! Now, I realize there’s a split camp between those who don’t mind seeing what the author imagines her characters to look like and those who want to be left to their own imaginations. I’m stepping out on aContinue reading “Casting for the Movies…”

Sneak Peek: After All These Years

Want a sneak peek at After All These Years, the first short story in the Blue Ridge University Series, releasing November 1? Can’t wait to read the rest of this sweet short story about Maggie, an author with a crush years in the making? Then make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter! Subscribers getContinue reading “Sneak Peek: After All These Years”

Hunting & Gathering Ideas

I’ve written a few times about inspiration. I guess it makes sense that it’s on my mind when I’m in the early stages of a new WIP. Lately, I’ve been inundated with inspiration. I’m like a hunter and gatherer…sniffing out possible prey on a gentle breeze, pouncing when the time is right, and storing theContinue reading “Hunting & Gathering Ideas”

Good Graces: Inspiration Board

During the process of writing Good Graces, I have kept a Pinterest board of images that inspired the setting, buildings, characters, and “ambiance” of the story. I am simply in love with this fictional place…reminiscent of my time spent attending college 35 minutes north of Asheville. I thought it would be fun to share someContinue reading “Good Graces: Inspiration Board”

Naming a Memorable Character

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter over seven years ago, nothing made me more anxious than choosing her name. Not even the labor. With this one choice we were filling in a lifetime of place cards, registration forms, labels on prescriptions, beginnings to love letters, wedding invitations, “Hey, ____!” and on,Continue reading “Naming a Memorable Character”