How to Deal with Writer’s Block

Image by Pexels.com I've heard some authors argue that writer's block isn’t real, that it's only an excuse to avoid sitting your butt in a chair and getting to work. While I politely disagree, I do believe they're onto something. In my opinion, writer's block is not a cause, but often a symptom of something…

Becoming an Author: The Most Amazing Thing that Happened to Me

Image by Pexels.com This is the story of the most amazing thing that happened to me while I was chasing my dream of becoming a published author, with a special guest appearance by Chloe Neill. 2011 was a rough time for me. I'll spare you the gory details, but I had been dating a guy…

4 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Debut Author

Image by Pexels.com Back in 2016, when I was a debut author, I felt like a fish on dry land. I was flopping around and getting some attention, but I was completely out of my element. There are tons of resources, writer's groups, and blog posts for newer writers trying to break into publishing, helping…

Arena 3: A Follow-up Message to my Readers

*This post was originally published on August 29, 2017. It's been a little over a month since I released the post about all the changes in my life, how I nearly gave up on writing, and about the Arena series getting dropped by my publisher. If you haven't read it yet, here's the link. Since…

The Query that Landed Me a NY Agent and Big Five Publisher

You asked for it. By popular demand, here it is: the query for my novel ARENA. Look, I'll be the first to admit it's not perfect, but it still bagged me several requests from agents, an offer of representation, and a two-book deal with Ace (Penguin). In less than six months. That's right. I started querying…