Me on the “Best of Women’s Fiction”

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I actually do have plans for a blog post that’s NOT about A Song For The Road–but today I wanted to share one more podcast episode I did to help promote the book, which is newly-released today. Lainey Cameron is the author of The Exit Strategy, which…

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Release Day Fun!

It’s release day, folks! Tonight we’re partying virtual-style–music, a reading, a chat between me and author Barbara Claypole White, time for audience questions, and a champagne toast given by my husband. So make sure to come with a libation of your choice! Click here at 7p.m. Central to join in the fun! I am going…

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It’s preorder time!

It’s THREE WEEKS until Publication Day and I could not be more excited to share A SONG FOR THE ROAD with the world! It is the story of a church musician who, a year after losing her entire family in a car accident, embarks on a cross-country musical road trip to honor their memory. It’s…

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Of Stress And Gratitude

My sophomore year in college, I entered my first flute competition. As the fall wore on, I found myself lying awake at night, exhausted yet sleepless, every breath an effort. It took me a ridiculously long time to piece it together. One day the light bulb went on. “Oh!” I said. “I’m stressed!” And then,…

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Publication -10 weeks: Green Bank Telescope

I am officially ten weeks away from PUBLICATION DAY! A Song For The Road is the story of a musician on a road trip across America, following a smart phone app written for her by the daughter she lost. Planning the road trip was, hands down, the most fun I had writing this book, but…

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A peek behind the curtain: revision

I had a lovely writing day yesterday. The Women’s Fiction Writers Association has been amazing on every level–community, networking, professional development, skill building. But just when I thought I’d discovered every way I could tap into its resources, I started attending virtual writing dates. I never used to need other people to motivate me, but…

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Random Observations of a Writer On the Reality of Living Through the Coronavirus Shutdown

It’s been a week since the kids came home from school for the foreseeable future, and today is day 2 of an official “stay at home order” where I live–though we can still go hiking (and we intend to continue doing so as long as we’re permitted, weather permitting—which it hasn’t done much of lately).…

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The Sheer Terror of the Blank Page

It’s been a long time since I started a new novel. Well, maybe not as long as it seems. I had an aborted attempt around a year ago. But I’m really zeroing in on novel writing now, and I’m discovering something I probably knew, on some level, but didn’t really, y’know… KNOW. Namely, that when…

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Enough

My word for 2019 is “enough”: I am enough, I am doing enough, I am good enough, this moment is enough. It’s a combination of learning to recognize the goodness in saying “no” and of living in the moment, being present in my own life instead of always feeling dissatisfied. I’m working on it. But…

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Cover Reveal and Award Nomination!

It’s been a crazy few months for me, both in real life and in my writing life. I’ve been working on a major revision of my newest novel in response to agent feedback. This is the first time I’ve tried to do such a thing on a tight turnaround and now I understand the stress…

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