Untrained Luck…The Origin Story

I have been biting my tongue for about five months (it's amazing I still have any tongue left...) but now I can finally say it! My story that will be published in Writers of the Future is titled Untrained Luck. Due to anonymity with the Writers of the Future grand prize judging, I was not supposed to link my name to the title of my piece…

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New Release: THE TOLL OF ANOTHER BELL

Once you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, the most terrifying thing you can imagine is losing that person. I know this. I remember when I was a newlywed, I had a daily paralysis of fear that would hit me every time I thought of losing my husband in some fatal accident. It's a real fear and a real…

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New Story Published!

I have a special place in my heart for archaeology adventure stories like Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Romancing the Stone. While I was envisioning the universe of Forecast, and where it would be fun to explore more story history, I realized I needed to tell the tale of the Peruvian door, the first door Tobias Randolf encountered, the door that was the first domino in a…

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TIGHTROPE – A new short story

I've always loved circuses. There's a sense of magic and darkness always present. Today I'd proud to present my newest release -- a short story eBook -- for your reading pleasure. You saw me unveil this cover for this a few days ago. Now the real thing is here! You can download it to your e-reader from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. And you know what…

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So Much Happening!

As most of you know, my pregnancy has been knocking the wind out of me—more literally, I’ve been an exhausted clump of hormones for the last few weeks and it hasn’t been pretty. However, I take this giant energy-drain to mean that the Child Within will be an awesome force to be reckoned with…and that still makes me smile. My firstborn isn’t the only thing consuming…

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What Is It about the Future?

As bad for me as it may be, I constantly want to know my future. It’s probably got something to do with my over-active planner gene that came into full expression sometime during college. I understand the fear of the unknown, the anxiety that just wants to get to the “other side” so I know what I’m up against. I find it impossible to not be…

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EVENING INTERSECTION – a short story collaboration with author Marni Mann

What do you get when you make two woman with very different stories collide in the middle of an awful night? This is when writing gets really fun! Marni and I met after I'd just launched Moonlight and Oranges,when she was on the verge of launching her first novel Memoirs Aren't Fairytales, a harrowing story of a young woman's struggle with heroin addiction. We hit it…

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Writing Scene-by-Scene

Whether you're writing a novel, novella, or short story, you write in scenes.  If you're writing a super short story which often one scene long, this concept still applies. Common scenes: An opening scene, a conclusion scene, a flashback scene, a fight scene, a restitution scene.  Scenes compose the building blocks, the steps of the grand staircase that make a story and once you feel comfortable with the basics of grammar…

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Writing with Structure

Imitating excellent art isn't complicated it you know what to look for--and it's not plagiarism if you are using your own unique content. Have you ever ready a brilliant essay or a short story that really packed a punch and wondered how the author had arranged the words in such a pleasing, powerful way? I recently discovered there is a way to learn the structure and model my own…

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