• Putting On My Pants
    Writing and stories are magic. And when I explain this to people, I see the look of confusion in their faces. I often concede that it sounds strange, but true. Because writing can sometimes feel like I am tapping into something much deeper than my own mind. The first step when I write a novel is to develop an idea. For O Negative, I was inspired by the blood shortage in […]
  • My First Novel
    I wrote the first words of my first novel on November 7, 2012. But there was a journey getting to that point. As I noted in a previous blog post, I wouldn’t be a writer without Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I honed my skills writing fan fiction and in online role play. The instant feedback was invaluable. The years after were dark times creatively. And my years of […]
  • Very Quick Launch Day Thank You and Writing Update
    Launch day has come and gone. Thank you to everyone who supported me, not only through the writing process, but by picking up a copy. I am so grateful. While O Negative is now out, the work is not done. I am working on the follow up. It is set in the same world as O Negative, though it is not a direct sequel. I will share more as my plans for that book begin to coalesce. […]
  • On Simplicity
    In my frustrations about how technology has consumed my time and my mental energy, I have often thought that I wish I could live more simply. I define that to mean less time surfing the internet and less time swiping around a tablet or phone. More time reading and writing, more space to be in silence and think. I got rid of my smart phone so I wouldn’t be distracted […]
  • Hardwired Art
    I wrote in a previous blog post that, “I believe humans are hardwired for storytelling. Narrative is innate in our brains. Something resonates when we hear and read stories.” I want to expand upon this idea. In the final chapters of Steven Pinker’s The blank slate: The modern denial of human nature, he writes: “Art is in our nature—in the blood and in the […]