How To Write a Book in 30 Days

How To Write a Book in 30 Days

Beginning a new book is the hardest task a writer faces. After months of daydreaming, researching, and dreaming up scenes, it’s time to get them all out neat and organized and into book form so people can enjoy it. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s...
Volcanology for Dummies

Volcanology for Dummies

Every book idea begins with “what if?” For Love in the Time of Surfing, it was: “what if a woman gets drawn into a dangerous adventure to rescue her miscreant stepbrother?” I knew that the protagonist was some kind of scientific bigshot, and I...
Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

With everything that’s been made public this last year about female oppression in the arts and film, in the workplace, and in science, my tolerance for this same environment in fiction is zero. I don’t want to read novels featuring oppressed female...
Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Finally, it’s time to read. I have always loved books and escaping into one during the holidays (or any other type of family gathering) became my MO as a kid. There are pictures of me reading during family picnics, on camping trips, during Christmas parties, and...

HOW NOT TO WRITE A BOOK

In a few months, my new novel Going Over the Falls will be published. The story idea came to me on my honeymoon, and the first draft was terrible (the honeymoon was amazing). Over the next fifteen years, I attempted to rewrite, back-burner, forget, revise, and in...