Kismet and Pierced Hearts

You know I believe in destiny, kismet, fate and all that jazz. Silent moments, spoken words, missed opportunities…I believe it all happens for a reason. This afternoon I met with my editor. We reviewed the edits for the last part of my next book and we started talking about book three. I have a clear idea and sketchy outline for the next book. We said good-bye and I got in the car. The radio was on and it was playing a song I hadn’t heard before. The singer’s voice was so strong and I started listening to the words. The … Read more…

Land of Suburbia

When I moved to Suburbia I felt a lot like Peter did in Tripped Up Love. I was really fearful about what I was getting myself into. I was a city girl. I was born and raised 18 miles east of New York City. Being in the South was an adjustment and then moving to a subdivision was another. We moved here from Chicago and crowded cities afforded me an anonymity the suburbs did not not. But now I am more entrenched in the suburban life than I ever could have imagined. I drank the Kool Aid. I’m still a … Read more…

We’re supposed to be together

Let me set the scene…this is an excerpt from Heather’s memoir about her life with Hank. Part of this is in The New Ever After, but the rest is only right here for your eyes only! Enjoy! ***This is fiction! Even though I used some names from my real life, there is NO TRUTH to this excerpt! It has not been edited either. My editor is probably cringing!*** Hank asked me to the prom as we passed each other on the steps between third and fourth period one day in school. I said no and rolled my eyes at him. … Read more…

Your words

Your words slay me. My book has reached more people than I ever thought possible. It’s left the 2-3-1-1-3 and moved out into the big, big world. And all kinds of eyes are reading it. Most of the eyes have been kind eyes. I’m meeting people who have been touched by some part of the book. I’m meeting other moms, moms who are being given a second chance at happiness like Heather. Moms who connect with the crazy, suburban lifestyle we are all trying to navigate. My heart swells with every thoughtful comment. It is hands down my favorite thing … Read more…

I might be a little crazy

I’m almost done with book two. Like really super duper close to being finished with it.  But I will tell you what, it is not easy writing a new book and marketing a current book AND taking care of my not-so-little family.  We’re on summer vacation now and I’m not sure where writing well end up fitting into my day.  I know it will be there but I just hope it’s not in the middle of the night. We’ve managed to come up with two slightly offensive but pretty funny marketing ideas thus far.  The first is a picture of … Read more…

DIY Numerology

I am obsessed with numbers. Numbers of books sold, numbers of calories consumed, numbers of visitors to my blog, number of heartbeats in a minute…you get the point. Numbers make me tick and make me CRAZY! I am also obsessed with numerology but you already know I am into all things ‘new agey’ like tarot cards and horoscopes. So, the numerology probably isn’t a surprise to you. My book even features some numerology. In fact, if you have read the numerology part you need to know that I fell into that. After I finished writing most of the story, I … Read more…

The tale of two Peters

Jenni and I meet every Monday to discuss our writing. While we were writing our books we met and discussed plots. We exchanged chapters during the week and gave each other ideas. We hashed out words and ideas. We told each other what worked and what didn’t. We texted late into the night trying to help each other. We were pretty honest. The support was essential to the creation of our novels. We knew what the other person was trying to accomplish and we had to make sure it worked when they put the words on the page. Our books … Read more…