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A Bookanista Shout-out for Deborah Halverson's Latest - Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies (+ a giveaway)

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! I'm so excited about today's interview with Deborah Halverson, celebrating the release of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. But, before I get to my Bookanista shout out and contest, check out what the other Bookanista's have on tap:

Elana Johnson adores A Need So Beautiful
Lisa and Laura Roecker is gaga for Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Carolina Valdez Miller is wowed by Wildfire - with a giveaway
Beth Revis interviews A Scary Scene In A Scary Movie Author Matt Blackstone
Shana Silver and Veronica Rossi gush over Hourglass
Jen Hayley delves into Divergent
Rosemary Clement-Moore thinks Chime is divine
Stasia Ward Kehoe has applause for Trauma Queen

On to my Bookanista Interview with Deborah Halverson. I first learned of Deborah through a co-worker. Turns out Deborah and my co-worker have been BFFs for ever. When my co-worker found out that I was attempting to write books for kids, she suggested that I talk with her friend. I am so glad I did! Deborah …

WiP Wednesday

Hey guys! Yep, it's Weds., and I thought I would share a little about my current project. I'm in that place in the story after word vomiting the first draft, but before I can do the sort of heavy edits I am DYING to start - an in-between place where I am changing scenes from one POV or tense, to another. Yea, not fun. Not fun at all.
So, to motivate myself, I thought I'd actual post a very small, very rough little snippet for you guys...


"There are so many things I should’ve been able remember about that night. The damp feel of the air thick with fog that blanketed my skin. The veins of mist as they hugged the ground and spiraled into smoke, choking the air from my lungs. The cackle of flames when they ignited the spaces around me, turning my skin to ash.


So many things I should've remembered.

But there's only one thing that converges on my thoughts now – silence. Cold, lonely, relentless silence. It lasts for mere seconds before the universe I know explodes arou…

On the Blog Chain - Research Can Be Fun! REALLY!!!

It's Blog Chain time again, and this time the topic comes from Michelle M, who asked the following:

There are so many things we have to include in our storyworlds...characters, world details, settings, etc. No matter what genre you write, your stories are full of tiny details that help create your storyworld. I know that for me, at least, finding or creating all these details can sometimes be a bit tough.
Where do you go for help? And what types of things are you more likely to research/search for as opposed to making up on your own? Do you have any favorite resource sites? Share links if you have them!!

Wow! What a tough question! As most of you guys know already, I am thinker. This means that yes, I tend to "think" out ever detail in a story. Let's take my current project. I am not ready to say much about it other than to say that I wanted to write a Gothic tale. So, what did I do...I read a LOT of Gothic stories. I also wanted it to have a strong lyrical, almost po…

Serious Tuesday Truths...Glee Style

Happy Tuesday everyone. It is no secret that I watch a little too much reality TV. Or that I love Glee. Well, when the reality TV show, the GLEE project, started this summer I just had to start watching it.

And MAN OH MAN!!! In each show, the contestants make a music video on a certain theme. This week' topic was vulnerability. All I can say is...wow.

JUST WOW!

Here, watch for yourself -



See what I mean...AMAZING!

I think being vulnerable as an artist is essential to connecting with your audience. For me, this means being willing to "go there" 100%. - finding the courage to stand in front of the world fully exposed and vulnerable, going to that place I'm most afraid of and jumping off that cliff.

The payoff for that level of vulnerability -

Connections - to readers, to agents, to humanity. Isn't that why we write to begin with?

How do show your vulnerability as a writer or artist? How do you "go there"?

I'm Here!!!

Hi everyone! I am finally done moving the blog. Not only did I move my blog over the past week. But I also redid my website and my twitter page . Next up, re-designing my old blog and FB page.

Whew... Can you say CHANGE???

So, tell me - do you like the new look? 

Now, part of redoing everything happened as a natural result of refining my online presence. And part of it was, quite frankly, a diversion to completing my WiP. I know, I know...I must finish this pass on my novel and move on to the next level of editing. But yea...I did this instead!

{{As a side note, my need for a little change is SO BIG this summer, I am seriously contemplating a major hair style change...that's right, bring on the scissors and get ready for SHORT, VERY BLOND HAIR....YIKES!}}

So, what about you guys...do you like to play around with your online personae? Or maybe even your RL personae??? Change is good, right?