New Website & Blog

Hello fellow writers, readers, and music lovers, and welcome to my revamped author website and blog. After several months of designing and fiddling around with it, I'm thrilled to finally have a space to feature blog posts and updates about my books and current projects. I’m super excited to start blogging about my new project, A Deadly Melody, and can’t wait to share some insight into the story, setting, and characters. I’ve also started a monthly newsletter (sign up here ) featuring book news, novel playlists, and sneak peeks into exclusive and early content. In the upcoming months, I plan to use this space to blog on a variety of topics ranging from music posts to draft updates to book reviews, novel inspiration, events, local bookish stops, and maybe…

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16 Must Haves for My 2019 NaNoWriMo Bag

Some of the links included in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission on purchases made through them. This is at no extra cost to you. Also know that I use all of these items myself and only recommend those that I trust. I am going to be writing out a lot this NaNoWriMo. So, if you bump into me at a write-in, the library, or my local Starbucks this November, you'll find me with my official 2019 NaNo bag. What is in this year's bag? Birdling Backpack in Maroon - I had been contemplating getting a Birdling bag for awhile, and I figured the backpack would be perfect for me to take to Starbucks or any other write-in spots this…

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My 2019 NaNoWriMo Planner

Some of the links included in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission on purchases made through them. This is at no extra cost to you. Also know that I use all of these items myself and only recommend those that I trust. I have been a part of seven NaNoWriMos, yet this is the first year that I have set up a NaNoWriMo/series/novel planner. I honestly never even thought of keeping a planner, since I keep everything in Scrivener. But then I started researching different ways to use planners for NaNoWriMo and my novels, and I was hooked! I have used planners for years, trying out every planner under the sun: bullet journals, traveler's journals, Webster's Pages, The Happy Planner,…

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How I’m Prepping for NaNoWriMo

I have been preparing for 2019 NaNoWriMo for months. I am so focused this year. I am actually pretty impressed with myself, since I have been all over the place the last few NaNos. One thing that has really helped me get focused and organized this year has been watching other writers' and planners' YouTube channels. I have had some downtime at work lately and have been able to noodle around on YouTube. I have found several amazingly talented and inspirational YouTubers that have helped me immensely. Many of them offer free tips, tricks, and downloads for certain areas in writing, including NaNoWriMo. So, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites that have really helped me get super organized for 2019 NaNoWriMo. One…

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10 Tips for NaNoWriMo Success

If you have decided to take the plunge into the abyss that is NaNoWriMo then give yourself a giant pat on the back. Taking part in NaNoWriMo (or NaNo as it is most often called) is a huge commitment, but with a few tips you too will be all ready to get to writing on November 1. What is NaNoWriMo? Let's get this bit of info out-of-the-way. According to the NaNoWriMo website, "On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30." Super simple, right? Write a 50,000-word novel in a month. Piece of cake! Well, it might sound simple, but for those of us who have attempted NaNo in the past, it really isn't that simple.…

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