Showing posts from 2014

Intertwined Update: Coming this Winter!

Sooooo...I haven't posted in a very long time. But I promise I have a good reason. My life has been crazy busy over the last few months! I won't go into every detail, but I will say that I just got married! Yay me! The best man in the world has officially become my husband. For all you married women out there, I'm sure you know what I mean when I say that planning a wedding is super time consuming. Even when its not - if that makes any sense. It was so worth it, though! And now I can happily focus on my writing again, knowing I have a sweet husband who will understand and support me when I insist on finishing a chapter instead of cooking dinner. And who will feed and hydrate me when I'm too engrossed in my story to realize I feel hungry or thirsty. He's the best. Without him, my stories wouldn't be possible - at least not in the timely fashion that I'd like. And not with the same zest and motivation that he inspires in me on a daily basis. 

Speaking of which…

My Latest Obsession: Romance/Horror Books

I suppose it should come as no surprise that I enjoy reading romance/horror books. After all, I did write one! But so rarely do I find a story that achieves a beautiful balance between the two. 

It's not an easy thing to do--wooing romance lovers while, at the same time, gearing up for the next horror scene. You're constantly running hot and cold, and its easy to break tension when shifting from one mood to the next. For example, when writing a love scene, the romantic in me wants to enchant the reader with poetry and rainbows and butterflies, but go too far and risk losing the readers who roll their eyes at the gooey mushiness of it all and jump ship right then and there. Likewise, when writing a horror scene, excessive morbidness will send romance lovers screaming back to contemporary works.
So, how do you make it work?

How do you interweave romance and horror without breaking tension or losing tone? 
Tone is everything. Tone is what sets the overall mood for your story. It'…

Ebook Cover: Stock Images vs. Custom Illustration

I'm so excited to finally share the book cover for Intertwined!

Three and a half months ago, this was little more than a vague idea inside my mind. I was debating on whether to use stock images (a more affordable option) or to have the cover custom illustrated. I was torn because, although, stock images can be modified to fit the tone of your book, I couldn't stand the idea that it could end up on someone else's cover--especially, if the cover happened to portray two people who represent your lead characters.

In fact, this ALMOST happened! I was browsing for stock images on Shutterstock and found one that resembled the two main characters in my story. In the end, I decided not to use it because I prefer to leave the characters to the readers imagination, and I've always been drawn to simpler, more symbolic covers like Twlight, Divergent, Hunger Games...etc. A couple months later, I saw the exact same stock image used on two other book covers.
By that point, I had already …

Edit! Edit! Edit! And When You Think You're Finally Done, Guess Again And Edit Some More!

Okay, so lately, it seems like whenever anyone asks me about my book, I respond with the automatic, "It's in the editing phase." Well, needless to say, it's been in the editing phase for, let's see, HALF my life now. Or, at least, it feels that way. But I think I need to define what editing really means - because, to most people, it means trimming out the fat and polishing the writing to the point of absolute perfection. 
This is true, but, it's also very vague. 

Editing is a long and tiring process. When I first finished my book and read through the material from start to finish, I was like, "Damn, that's good!" And then I read through it again. And again. And again. And, guess what? It was good, but not damn good. 
The book started out at 150K words, and, at that time, I was convinced that every single word was necessary and beautiful and totally brilliant. I'd think, why on earth would I hack this beautifully crafted paragraph or I'd mak…

Writing: The Secret To My Inspiration

I'm currently plotting the sequel to Intertwined, and though I've always had a loose outline in my mind, I was sort of hoping that the second part of the storyline would be easier to write than the first part. So not the case! 

Over the last week, I think I've spent more time experimenting on how I can sharpen my focus long enough to plot a decent story arc than actually plotting! 
For example, I recently started walking two miles a day (since as a writer I tend to sit on my butt for hours on end), but because I can't stand the idea of doing anything that takes away from "writing time", I decided to bring my earphones along so I could listen to music and plot while I walked. it turns out, I'm just as easily distracted walking as I am anywhere else. There I was, totally in the zone, working up to a nice brisk walk, listening to my favorite music, when a long line of rosebushes sprang up out of nowhere and threw bees at me! Yes, bees! I, of course, …

Your To Read List: Intertwined!

Welcome to my blog!

I'm currently in the process of prepping my first book, Intertwined, for self publishing and can't wait to share it with you. It's a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, though definitely not your run-of-the-mill read - no vampires, werewolves, witches or immortal creatures in this story:) Not that I don't enjoy reading these - just look at my Goodreads shelf. 
If you're into dark romances and don't have an aversion to creepy horror scenes, then this book may be just what you're looking for. Intertwined is slated for release this fall of 2014, official launch date to be announced - stay tuned! For more details on Intertwined, click here.  
In the meantime, I will do my best to post updates on the book at least once a week. Along with other thoughts, musings and what not, that you may or may not find interesting. Can't make any promises. 

For those of you who are first time writers and looking for advice, I will do my upmost to share everythi…