My First Official Review

Was it lovely when my mother-in-law phoned to let me know she had thoroughly enjoyed my novel? Sure. Did I get a bit of a high every time my writing group complimented me on an excerpt. Hell, yeah. BUT THERE IS NOTHING QUITE AS AWESOME feeling as getting a positive review from a complete stranger–especially […]

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The Tokyo Cover Girls: Making of a Book

I may not yet be done with this book birthing process (yikes marketing!) but I thought it would fun to look back on how I created the actual hard copy now that I have that part under my belt and in case anyone else is about to undertake the same thing. My first step? Shooting […]

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The Tokyo Cover Girls in Real Life

Da da da da! After many many years (why put a number on it?) my indie published book is now a real thing. The Tokyo Cover Girls is a young adult novel about three teens modeling in Tokyo who are trapped in a competition where the only escape is to uncover the truth behind a […]

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Cover pages and other ways to lose friends . . .

       The good news: my first round of cover proofs are in! The bad news: I am way pickier than I realized. On of my friends put together these mages for my novel cover earlier this week and while they are totally gorgeous they are totally not what I have been imagining in my […]

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Why all writers should be fluent in Dr. Dre

A radio producer once told me I sound like I have rocks in my mouth when I talk. She was not the first. People have been asking me if I’m from somewhere else all my life. I’m not. That thing they think is some kind of exotic backstory is just a big fat lazy tongue. Or maybe it’s […]

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My Self-Publishing Experiment: THE COVER

First off, let’s be clear: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. However, I spent enough time waiting for boys to call when I was 15 (note to teen self: they never do) to know when it’s time to stop doing the same thing with literary agents. That’s right, I have decided to embark on […]

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Why Blog: self leadership for writers

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Most things I do, experience, clean the dishes, revise budgets, edit my manuscript, have a distinct goal in mind. Money. Fitness. Clean counters. But not for this. I have spent probably hundreds of hours creating posts for my blog with no clear outcome in mind. Sometimes I think I […]

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