The Irony: Losing your Passion in Pursuit of it

Just read a really good article about how side hustling is killing our creative vibes. I totally agree. I remember a time (fondly) when I used to write with abandon. I got an idea and I ran hard with it. I was in love. Seriously. My world revolved around my story. Now that I’ve entered…

Need something to read?

    I’m posting my latest novel, In the Stars, on Wattpad.  If you like fantasy, science fiction, and romance, give it a shot.  If you like all three, you definitely should check it out! Here’s a synopsis: What would you do if you found your name and address written on a toilet stall?  Would you…

One in a Billion

  I am one in a billion.  I am a writer. My voice is stifled behind a cacophony of pleas: “Hear me!  No, hear me!  I have something to say!” We all feel we deserve a piece of the publishing pie, to be seen, read, heard, felt. But we are victims of whims, notions, flippancy, fair-weather…

Fallow Season

Seasons are a common subject in my writing.  Like the theme of home, seasons have defined my life in more ways than one.  There’s the joys and pains of each literal season- winter into spring, spring into summer, summer into fall, and fall into winter.  The cycle of it, the archetypes. Then there’s the stages…

Hear Me Out: In Defense of Romance Books

  I just read this article: Hear Me Out: Why You Should Be Reading Romance Novels It’s an interesting read, especially if you’ve always thought romance novels aren’t your thing. Of course, I support the notion that Romance Novels Could Save The Planet because I write them. But, as a reader of romance, I truly…

The Catch 22 of Writing

  When you are a writer, you are born a writer.  More so a novelist, I would say.  It’s printed on your DNA at conception. Then you dabble in writing.  You try it out when you’re a preadolescent, testing out young themes (puppy love) and tame plot lines (a bully, perhaps).  It’s exciting- you can…

Making Fantasy Fashionable

As a reader, I was always aware of the stigma placed upon Sci-fi and Fantasy genre novels.  “Only nerds read those”.  “Do you play Dungeons and Dragons too?”.  “Does it involve Cosplay?”. While those questions don’t insult me- I respect anyone who uses costume and imagination to celebrate their beloved hobby/obsession- I do think it’s…

Contradictions

As a writer, I’m always very aware of cliches.  Especially in the form of characters. Cliche characters are all over the place.  We can’t escape them.  Sometimes they’re tiresome, but a lot of times they’re comforting.  Like a security blanket.   We know how they’re going to act, what they’re likely to say.  It’s familiar. But…

The Hyphenate

  I’ve just realized that I am a hyphenate.  I don’t have merely one passion.  I am myriad. You hear about these women.  Mostly on blogs.  You know that behind the camera has to be chaos.  Somewhere there must be chaos, because no one can do it all and have a clean house. My insatiable…

Happy Endings

My best friend doesn’t like happy endings. Let me rephrase that- my best friend doesn’t like when stories (whether in book form or on a screen) end in a sappy, love-conquers-all way.  She’s okay with things working out, they just have to be believable.  I get it. I love myself a romance.  Books, movies, TV…