Blog, Querying, Writing

It’s Tough Out There – Non-Advice for Querying Authors

If we're connected on any social media platform, you may have recently seen me screaming about signing my second book deal. LOVEHURTS, a young adult contemporary, will release in July 2024 through Vine Leaves Press. This is my second book deal with an independent press, and I am both ecstatic and proud. It was a… Continue reading It’s Tough Out There – Non-Advice for Querying Authors

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Blog, Mental Health

“Lacks Focus” – A Disorganized (micro) Memoir

I’ve always been a quick study. From an early age, I was labeled “gifted” and included in the advanced classes. I made Honor Roll every semester. It came easily to me. Focus and organization, however, never did. With every passing year, it became harder to live up to those “gifted” expectations. I couldn’t prioritize. I… Continue reading “Lacks Focus” – A Disorganized (micro) Memoir

Blog, Body Image, Mental Health

I’m Fine, and Neither are You

Here are two pieces of information about me: I have struggled with disordered eating since I was about 13 years old.Despite brushing with high fluoride toothpaste 2x/day and making every single six-month cleaning, I always have cavities.Okay, I changed my mind. Here’s a THIRD thing about me. I’m sick of everything being about the foods… Continue reading I’m Fine, and Neither are You

Body Image, Mental Health, Writing

“How dare you?!”  – or – Why I Wrote a Book About an Insecure Chubby Girl Instead of a Fierce, Fat Heroine.

I consider myself a Body Positive advocate. I am against diet culture. I understand I have no right to judge anyone based on their size, just as no one has a right to judge me on mine. I do not condone fat shaming or bullying, and I know the BMI charts frequently shoved in our… Continue reading “How dare you?!”  – or – Why I Wrote a Book About an Insecure Chubby Girl Instead of a Fierce, Fat Heroine.

Humorous, Mom Life, Parenting

Motherhood Has Ruined “West Side Story” for me, and Not in the Way You’d Think

Motherhood has made me a lot of things. Patient. Exhausted. Resourceful. Exhausted. An expert in mediation. Sleep deprived. Happy. It’s a never-ending cycle of chaos, bliss, and chaotic bliss. One minute you’re thinking how this is the best feeling in the world. Nothing could ever be better than this. Everything is beautiful! Life is beautiful!… Continue reading Motherhood Has Ruined “West Side Story” for me, and Not in the Way You’d Think

Querying, Writing

Querying and Other Soul-Crushing Pursuits

Adventures of an Anxious Writer In late October, I began querying my young adult contemporary manuscript. Mid-November, I realized how horrible my queries were. I mean... yikes. I would like to publicly apologize to anyone I queried back then. I believed I knew what I was doing; I was merely delusional. The results were tragic… Continue reading Querying and Other Soul-Crushing Pursuits