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A New Writing Project?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I sometimes use creative writing prompts to kickstart my writing mood. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I randomly chose to respond to this prompt from Promptuarium. It seemed like an intriguing premise, so I let my imagination fly. I’d planned to write only a few paragraphs expanding…

Inspiration Is All Around Us

I’ve been experiencing some major writer’s block recently, struggling to find any writing inspiration. Even writing this blog post has been difficult. So, instead of searching for inspiration from within, I decided to look for it in the world around me. If I try to force myself to write when I’m feeling uninspired, I either…

A New Year of Writing Resolutions

Here’s to a new year of writing! I know I haven’t been active on my social media or website recently, and that’s because of a few reasons. My work at the library became very intense this past summer because my boss was on maternity leave, so I had to take over many of her duties…

My Journey to Writing

Unlike a lot of authors I’ve read, I did not always want to be a writer. My journey to writing didn’t involve an “ah-ha” moment where I immediately realized my love of writing and knew I wanted to do it my whole life. Instead, my love for writing was more of a gradual discovery during…

Original vs. New YA Book Covers

In the last few years, several of my favorite young adult novels have been republished with new editions featuring new book covers. This trend has been slowly expanding, so I thought I would do a side-by-side comparison of some of my favorite YA cover transformations. Most of these are from books that I’ve already read,…

“The League” Character Sketch: Keenan Montgomery

I recently revisited my YA thriller work-in-progress, The League, and began rewriting it. Doing so has me reviewing the character sketches I made years ago for each of the novel’s main characters. The sketches basically serve as an outline of a character’s physical appearance, personality, history, motivations, and character arc to help keep me on…

Building Your Author Platform: Starting Your Author Blog

As the final post in my three-part blog series on building your author platform, the following lists contain invaluable resources that I used when creating the blog component of my author website. Not every writer needs an author blog, but, as many of the resources I listed in the first post of this series explains,…

Building Your Author Platform: Setting Up Social Media

As the second post in my three-part blog series on building your author platform, the following lists contain resources that were invaluable for me while creating my author social media accounts. Setting Up Author Social Media: “The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Writers 2021” by Dave Chesson – This article is a comprehensive guide…

Building Your Author Platform: Creating Your Author Website

For my most recent college course, I was tasked with creating my author platform. Prior to this class, I had no idea what an author platform consisted of, much less how to start building one. For those of you who also don’t know, it involves creating an author website and professional social media accounts to…

What to Expect from Me

Who I Am I’m a young adult author, reader, and public librarian who writes novels about widespread but rarely talked about social issues like drug abuse and human trafficking. Spreading awareness about these topics is important to me because they are issues many teens in American society face, but that are seldom voiced in books…

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