Write Me a Better Story…Please!

How am I celebrating Luminary’s release day? By getting seven stitches :(.  The actual story is pretty dull: I woke up around 3:30am feeling sick, and walked to the kitchen to get medicine. As I walked, I got really dizzy and, apparently, fell forehead first into the spot where the hall wall meets the kitchen wall. (Don’t worry: I went to the ER and got all checked out — I’m all right, just slightly anemic.) But I need a better story. Falling into a wall is boring. So can you help me out? Give me some really great story where I am the heroine in an epic tale of bravery and courage (500 words or less; deadline 1/9). To sweeten the pot, I’ll give away a signed copy of Luminary to the author of the best submission. So go for it. Write...

LUMINARY is on Tour!

To celebrate Luminary‘s release (tomorrow!!), YA Bound is hosting a blog tour this week – including a giveaway. Check it out! And let me know what YOU think of book #2 in the Anomaly trilogy. Click on the banner for the tour details....

Writers are Readers

I have only been a professional writer for few years. But I have been reading since I was four. And what I have learned is that most writers are readers. Big-time readers. I read A LOT. Sometimes as much as a book a day, but almost always at least a book a week. I read a wide variety of works: mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, young adult, science fiction, classics. I also read non-fiction, mostly Christian works about being a mom, a wife, about theology and doctrine and Christian living. I love biographies, too. And histories. Really, just about everything. Sometimes, I have to check myself because I read other books and think, “This is SO much better than my stuff!” But that, as I heard a singer say once, is just “an opportunity to grow in humility.” So...

Poe Kids

I am related – distantly, by marriage – to Edgar Allan Poe. I’m not sure how the relationship works. Poe never had kids. But my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece all have Poe as their middle names. And that middle name has been passed down for generations before them. So we’re related. Once, when my three kids were little – 8 and under – I wanted them to connect with their literary ancestor. So I read them “Tell Tale Heart” (A short story where a guy kills an old man – possibly his father – whose eye annoys him; then he dismembers the body and buries it underneath the floorboards. Brilliant work of fiction. Brilliant.) By the time I finished reading it, my two daughters were in tears, clinging to my husband. My oldest looked at me and said,...

In Media Res

Because most of my life revolves around stories, I love when I see story elements in my life. I love to see how the Author reveals plot twists and repeats themes. I believe stories, like creation, reflect the presence and creativity of God. Right now, I am “revisiting a key setting.” This happens a lot in stories. Characters go back to an important location, but they go back changed, different than how they were at the beginning. Like Pip going back to the forge at the end of Great Expectations or Arthur Dimmesdale on the scaffold at the end of The Scarlet Letter. Like Pip, I keep going back to the same location, and everytime I return, I have changed. I was first here at USF fifteen years ago for college, where I majored in Literature. I returned...

What I DIDN’T Want To Be When I Grew Up

People ask me if I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Nope. That has been a recent development. So then I started thinking of all the jobs I didn’t want to have. Those are more interesting than what I did want to be. That’s actually a pretty short list: Wonder Woman, Actress, English teacher (that last one is really all three combined ) So here is it is: What I DIDN’T Want to Be When I Grew Up A cook A baker A food service professional of any kind An olympic ice skater A rodeo clown A soybean farmer A preschool teacher The person who scrapes dead animals off the highways Anything that would require me to sit behind a desk all day A carpenter An architect A corporate lawyer A meteorologist A proctologist A urologist A lepidopterologist A firewoman A hair dresser An...