A few weeks ago, we were hit with one of those series of events where it felt like everything you’d worked for came to a crashing halt. We were hit on every front from health issues to financial fallout. All I wanted to do was fix it. I spent hours trying to figure out a […]
There Once was a Horse
Some of you may recognize this guy. For those who don’t know him, meet Hoss. Hoss is a blind quarter horse that I rescued two years ago. He’s the main inspiration for my upcoming Love Inspired book, THE COWGIRL’S LAST RODEO. I thought I’d share a little excerpt with you today to honor Hoss. This […]
(Re)writing the story
As an author, I don’t always get the story right the first time. In that aspect, writing often reminds me a lot of life in general. We start out thinking we know what is going to happen next, but then the characters (or life) throw us a curveball and we adjust our path to compensate. […]
New Release and a Giveaway!
I love new releases, whether they’re my own or another author. This week, I get to celebrate the release of Waiting on the Tides, and I’m offering a giveaway of one ebook copy of the book. Waiting on the Tides is my final story in the Independence Islands series, and while I’m sad to say […]
What is The End?
What is The End? I love how a simple phrase can have multiple meanings, and it brings us different emotions depending on the situation. When I’m writing, I love when I reach the end, especially if my characters have fought me throughout the entire story. When I’m reading, I might be sad to reach the […]
It’s a Reader Thing
When I first started writing, I had never really considered words like tropes or story arc. As a reader, I read what I enjoyed and didn’t consider the structure behind the story. That all changed when I began bringing my own stories to life and I learned–boy did I learn–that there was so much involved […]
Today has been one of those days where all I want to do is curl up with a book and read for a few years. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about, and I won’t bore you with the details of what all went wrong today. And in the grand scheme of things, […]
My First Book
I’m sure that I’m not the only person who has a memory bank of firsts. When talking books, I still remember the very first book that I ever read. I was four and the book was Three Billy Goats Gruff, if you were wondering. I also remember the first contemporary Christian romance book that I ever read. […]
What Makes Characters Great?
What makes characters great? (And I don’t mean great as in a great person, though that’s a fun conversation too. I’m talking about writing characters who could walk off the page and into real life.) I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as I work on another story. I’ve learned over the years of […]
Release Day and a Giveaway!
By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out that authors love words. We love using them to tell stories and to bring encouragement. And we all have our favorites that we try and sneak into every story. Want to know one of mine? Kaleidoscope. Why? No idea except it immediately puts a picture in my head. […]