December 15, 2015

Listening to: Adele - 25

Mood: Thrilled


It all started with a twitter pitch during Brenda Drake’s #PitMad on December 4, 2014 (yes, over a year ago). I’d just begun querying BLOODBIRD, my fourth novel (for the record, I never queried my first two novels. Those stay in a...

November 13, 2015

Listening to: Ellie Goulding - Delirium

Mood: Somber, but hopeful


When I first met my sister-in-law’s husband seven years ago (he was her boyfriend at the time), I instantly felt I’d met a long-lost brother. I’ve never had a brother, only sisters, but the constant bante...

October 29, 2015

Listening to: Florence + The Machine – All Albums Mix

Mood: Soulful


Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of seeing Florence + The Machine’s live in concert as part of the “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” tour. Florence is one of my all-time favorite artists. Her voic...

August 31, 2015

Listening to: Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mood: Intense


Gah, guys! I feel like such a slacker because I haven't written a blog post in over a month! And not because nothing’s happening, because SO many things are transpiring right now. But...

July 14, 2015

Listening to: Ellie Goulding – Halycon Days

Mood: Optimistic


Last week, I was presented with an opportunity that forced me to make a hard decision. The opportunity was in regards to my day job and an offer to go work for another agency. This isn’t abnormal in advertisin...

Dear The Writer’s Voice Coaches,


Violence is twenty-four-year-old Faida Zahir’s native tongue. An obedient basilisk soldier, she was bred to protect Fulcrum City’s unsuspecting human population from test-tube beasties created by a rival clan. But when her squad leader...

Listening to: Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind

Mood: Pensive


I despise slut-shaming. I think it’s vile. I have, on many occasions, actually called friends out for labeling a woman a slut because she “slept with that guy.” (I mean, who cares if she did? Is that any of your b...

April 8, 2015

Listening to: Sucker Punch Movie Soundtrack

Mood: Enthralled



Recently I was joking with a writer friend about how “insane” we probably seem to those who don’t know us or understand writers’ minds. Hell, even to our families and friends likely think we seem a little off...

March 20, 2015


Listening to: Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Mood: Brilliant


I’ve been quiet lately. Definitely quieter than normal, for sure. And it’s not because I have nothing to say or nothing to tell you. Not at all. I have a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes that...

February 19, 2015

Listening to: Lorde – Pure Heroine

Mood: Peaceful



I know I talk about writing and travel a lot on this blog, because they are two things that I love immensely, but one of my other loves in life in dancing. I grew up dancing ballet, jazz, and tap. I did dance-like activ...

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