Do you remember how a few days ago I finished writing Gingerbread? I do. And in honor of completing my first draft, I wanted to share another snippet! I already did the 7/7/7/7 Challenge for Fairytale (you can read it here), so I figured I would stick with it for Gingerbread as well. Hopefully once I get it more cleaned up and edited, I’ll be able to choose some really excited passages to share, but for now, let’s take the guesswork out of it. (plus I’m a scared bunny and what if you hate what I chose myself? Let’s not even go there…) WHAT ISRead More →

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of another complete first draft! Okay, so I’m not entirely sure what that actually sounds like (millions of cheering bunnies most likely), but the point is: my first draft of Gingerbread is done! As of 9/14/17, I have put the finishing touches on the complete first draft of the second novel of The Pixie Chronicles. Gingerbread is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, with my own touches addedcto it. Like most of my retellings, it takes key elements of the original tale and looks at them with a whole new perspective. Gingerbread was particularly funRead More →

I absolutely love that diversity is growing more popular in YA fiction. We’re slowly fading away from the days where the bookshelves exclusively offered white, able-bodied protagonists. While no doubt these types of heroes will never completely faded away (and they shouldn’t, as I staunchly believe everyone deserves representation), authors are really taking notice of what readers are demanding. That is to say: characters are that PoC, LGBT+, have disabilities or sickness. These types of characters are on the upswing in YA literature and it’s really making a difference in spreading positive stories about people who might be different than ourselves. But something I’ve noticed?Read More →

Is it me, or are YA books getting longer and longer these days? Okay, fine, maybe it’s just the circles I run in, but I definitely am feeling the trend of everyone and their grandma’s dogs are writing 100,000k+ epics nowadays and I’m sitting here struggling to make my measly NaNo 50k goal. Don’t believe me? Check out this very real conversation I had the other day: Me: Oh man, I’m feeling great about my writing this year! Real Other Person: Me too! Me: That’s awesome! What’s your current word-count? Real Other Person: 15846841537145 words. You? Me: ……um Yes, this absolutely happened and wasn’t exaggeratingRead More →

Another month down, only four more to go! That’s right, we’re moving into the last quarter of the year! Wow, it sounds a little freaky when I say it that way. Let’s not dwell on the freaky. You know what we should dwell on instead? This month’s monthly book draft challenge! Let’s check in! Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 8k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 11k Yup. Just about what I expected. I’ve noticed that on my slower months I tend to average about 11-12k, so this seems to fit in with that trend. I already was prepared for a minimal output, so I’m not that surprised IRead More →

So, have you heard I finished my first draft of Fairytale? Because I totally have, in case you were interested and wanted to check it out. Or not, that’s cool too. You do you, boo. But if you were even remotely interested, read on my fine, furry friend, read on. I celebration of my first draft, I wanted to share a small snippet of my novel. But sharing writing is scary. After all, what if it’s awful? Or boring? What if it’s filled with grammar errors and typos? How much do I share? Will people thinking I’m being narcissistic? Whoa. So I turned to the worldRead More →

The first draft of Fairytale is complete!! Yes, you read that correctly. As of August 23rd, 2017 the very first, COMPLETE first draft of my Beauty and the Beast retelling has been finished! It clocked in just a smidge under 60 thousand words, and is the very first novel in my official lineup for The Pixie Chronicles. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have worked on this novel on and off again for the past 8 months, and have been dreaming about it even longer. It’s my baby. But more than that, it’s my proof to myself that I can actually be aRead More →

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous book cover? To those of you raising your hands in the back, you may sit down now. But honestly, I’ve never met a reader or author who didn’t inexplicably admire and love a beautiful book cover. As authors we want our books to someday sit on the shelves beside those covers, and maybe, dare we hope, even be just as lovely. Book cover design is a skill and an art. Crafting a beautiful cover requires countless hours of editing, practice and time, so it’s no doubt that many high quality covers are worth a pretty penny. While these covers areRead More →

More often than not nowadays, I do a lot of book-browsing online. With Book Reviews Blogs and Goodreads at my fingertips, the need to brows the bookstore shelves for what limited options are available to me just aren’t necessary. But sometimes it just feels good to walk into a bookstore, doesn’t it? Last weekend I decided to drop by our local book shop and take a browse at what they had to offer. As usual I was drawn to the YA section, particular the Fantasy/Sci Fi. I was excited to see a few titles I recognized from online in person, and was hopeful to addRead More →

We’re into the second half of the year, and my writing is definitely feeling it. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the progress for this month. Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 7k Ocean’s Daughter: 4k TOTAL: 14k Wow, this was a pretty abysmal month, wasn’t it? I’ve started to realize that I have about a 1 month cap of working on a single project. Any longer than that and my mind starts to go a little haywire and my productivity drops tenfold. So although I told myself I would use July to continue working on Ocean’s Daughter, after about a week of sludging through I realized IRead More →