Sign Here, Please

Every writer gets them.  No one can escape them.  No one, ever, has been brilliant and perfect enough of a writer with universal tastes that everyone agrees with to evade the reality of bad reviews, angry comments, or rude messages.  Rest assured, this is not a rant about a horrible review I just received.  I'm actually quite OK with people publicly declaring if they don't like something I wrote. (In fact, if everyone agreed that…


My Love Affair with Greek Myths

I have a long-standing relationship with Greek myths and retelling them.  Moonlight and Oranges is one of many projects I've created to interweave myth and story and character.  I explained my "mythical obsession" on the Owl Tell You About It blog this week.  


“Barefoot” in Winter Omnibus!

Do you like shoes?  I never thought of myself as a "shoe girl," but then I realized I had a story in me that told a detailed account of one woman's life through all the pairs of shoes she ever wore, from cradle to grave.  I am very pleased to announce that my short story, "Barefoot" has been accepted by the literary journal Omnibus and is now available for sale! Yay!…


Interview on Arc of a Writer

My author interview is featured today (and for the rest of this month) on Elena Hartwell's Arc of a Writer.  Elena is a talented playwright and delightful person who I had the honor to meet at the Edmonds Write on the Sound writers' conference this past October.  I mention the archetype (character-template) that I love using over and over again.  Apparently, bad girls are a very…


Moonlight and Oranges Launch Party!

Moonlight and Oranges has successfully left the harbor!  For those of you interested in seeing what a book launch party can look like, please enjoy the pictures that I'm sprinkling liberally through this post. We rented the lower banquet room at Razzi's Pizzeria in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.  (It's free of charge to rent the room, which is amazing for writers on a budget like me.) We…


All I Can Say Is…Thank You

It's here!  Moonlight and Oranges is officially for sale on and in both paperback and eBook! You can look to the right of this post at the snazzy link that takes you right to to purchase it.  Now that the moment has finally arrived, ("This is real, Elise. You're not dreaming.  The numbness and disbelief is perfectly normal and proportional to how badly you've…


Looking Back

I am now a little more than two weeks away from launching Moonlight and Oranges. But before I go into more of that, please join me in welcoming the glorious, smashing cover design for Moonlight and Oranges, designed for me by Isaiah Qualls.  Isn't it gorgeous??? If I could look back and say what were the five most important things I did to bring myself to this…


Learning from Your Own Writing

My best lessons and indicators for what I should improve or refine in my work are sitting right in front of me, plain as day, in my last creation. In my case, this means that directions for improving my writing can be found in the last piece of writing that I completed. I'm in the process of reading Art and Fear, a book that my author friend…


Fear of New Things

In the art world, and in most places of life, change can come as fast as a tsunami wave--and my reaction to change may be compared to the terror of standing on the beach, watching the incoming wall of water, and wondering if I really am prepared for what's ahead of me. The analogy is imperfect.  A tsunami would likely have killed me.  The changes in my…


Make ‘Em Cry

Have you ever put down a book you were reading because you just couldn't bring yourself to care about any of the characters? There are some genres out there that tend to get so focused on plot and concept that the characters are hammered into these thin cold puppets who act without any visible charisma or relatable motives. As a writer, regardless of your chosen genre, you cannot let…


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