We Don’t Have to Walk Alone

We Don’t Have to Walk Alone

Day 1 I was terrified. Day 54 I was numb. Day 210 I was done. Really done. I-can’t-take-one-more-step done. All I wanted to do was to close my eyes and never wake up to the numbness that had separated me from everything in my life, including myself. But I did...
The Secret to Being the Top 5%

The Secret to Being the Top 5%

It’s no secret, I LOOOOOVE me some Walter Mitty. Well, there is this moment in Act 2 where Water is being told to run for the shore bike–essentially the mechanism that will get him to his goal. Confused because he doesn’t have a set time to reach his goal,...
Read This on Days You Want to Quit

Read This on Days You Want to Quit

Some days, if not most of them, writing is HARD. It hurts. Your brain screams, your fingers feel numb, and the story on the page reads like anything but the NYT best-selling novel you want it to be.    On those days it’s easy to believe you made a bad choice...
Looking beyond the surface

Looking beyond the surface

Not all characters end up as the person they started out to be. I suppose the same could be said of real people too. In the case of Fitz, who you’ll meet in my debut novel, Soul Reaper (more on that later), he started out as an older, surly cop who’d lost his...
When you already feel behind…

When you already feel behind…

A few nights ago I had an interesting experience that shifted my world. Weird, because it was so random, so mundane. A kleenex fell out of the car. That’s it. Okay, that isn’t all of it. The kleenex fell out and, before I could snatch it, blew away. Now...
Do you want to be published?

Do you want to be published?

I was eight when I decided I would have to have a scholarship to go to college. I think I was born with the desire for higher education, but2nd grade was when I realized Mom and Dad wouldn’t be paying for it. Don’t ask. I probably knew too much as a child. Regardless,...
Every story has a moment…

Every story has a moment…

A subtle, almost imperceptible moment—where the course of the main character’s (MC) life changes forever (whether or not she knows it).  In my novel, it’s the moment when Heath—yep… the unnamed victim in the opening chapter has a name—decides to take a shortcut...
In Defense of the 3 Act Story Structure

In Defense of the 3 Act Story Structure

I recently read an article by a writer who claimed that the 3 Act Story Structure was essentially the “fast food” version of writing. His belief is that we’re giving America a bunch of junk food stories when what they really need is the sustenance found in...