Paths to Publication

Since I announced my publishing contract, I’ve received many messages asking about the process of publication. Do I need an agent? How do I get a contract? Is it better just to self-publish? After getting similar questions sent to me this weekend, I decided it might make a good blog topic for all you writersContinue reading “Paths to Publication”


A reader recently sent me a message via social media and told me she had really enjoyed my book and given it 4 stars on goodreads last month, but she was going to change it to 5. Why? Her exact words were, “I can’t stop thinking about your characters. I feel like I know them,Continue reading “CHARACTER CREATION”

Making the Cover

Today I wanted to write about how the cover of Enemies of Doves came to be. A really cool benefit of working with a smaller publisher is that you get input on your cover art. I have a friend who is published with one of the “Big Five” publishers and he got his cover in an emailContinue reading “Making the Cover”

A Book With No Home?

As I’ve been working to market Enemies of Doves, I’ve been thinking a lot about genre. Genre is the style or category of any given book. It’s how bookstores and libraries know where to place the book, and where readers look to find their next great read. I think most readers stick to a favoriteContinue reading “A Book With No Home?”


One question I’ve been asked more and more is what my original ending was for Enemies of Doves. If you’ve followed my journey at all, you’ll know that my first editor forced me to change the ending! 😉 Well, maybe forced is too strong a word, but she STRONGLY encouraged it. If you haven’t readContinue reading “THE END?”

Time, Place, and Memory

I think there is a special kind of nostalgia tied to places from our childhood. Though my grandparents moved from East Texas when I was sixteen, I can still remember some details of the area so vividly.   When I think of Carthage, I remember my grandmother’s coconut pies, the friendly smiles of strangers, brutalContinue reading “Time, Place, and Memory”

The First Draft

It’s been a long time since I wrote a first draft. Five years to be exact. I’ve been working on the first draft of my second book for a few weeks and honestly, it’s tougher than I remember. I’ve been trying to figure out why it’s more of a struggle this time around. I believeContinue reading “The First Draft”


Thanks for stopping by my brand new blog! When I first started this publishing journey, a blog was suggested, but I had no interest in starting one. My first excuse was that I didn’t have time. “Do I write a blog or a new book?” was my exact response, I believe. 😬  However, life feelsContinue reading “Welcome”

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