Tag: writing

03
Mar

Girl on a Train (Me!)

The first draft

The first draft

PHEW! Life is returning to normal (or as normal as it gets around here!) and I couldn’t be happier. Last week was nothing short of INSANE. Completely insane, but completely fun. To top it off, I had an adventure to Maryland thrown in.

What does insanity look like? Last Monday, I had two storytimes, a meeting at the high school, and Mother-Daughter Book Club at night. Tuesday, I had a storytime for 60 kids (note: if you want to feel like a rock star, become a Children’s Librarian. I was walking through the hallways of the school with my ukulele on my back and my bin of fun – books and whatnot – when the kids saw me from their classrooms as they were lining up. I walked down the hall to a chorus of, “Ms. Julia’s here! I saw her! There she is!” Brangelina’s got nothing on me). Wednesday, I had a Baby Lapsit in the morning and my Art Early Out for 50+ kids from 2-5. Immediately after clean up, I was on the road to Wisconsin to catch a train.

One of our art projects: Library Kadinsky Tree!

One of our art projects: Library Kadinsky Tree!

Thursday, I was on my train to Maryland for my friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party (guess who was in charge of planning?).When I got in on Friday, Sarah (the best person in the whole world) took me out for frozen yogurt and manicures. You can see why I went all the way to Maryland for this lady.

Allie, Sarah, and Me!

Allie, Sarah, and Me!

The bridal shower was Saturday at an AMAZING tea room in Ellicott City (a tea party?! No one would have guessed I planned that! 🙂 ).

Tea party in the library! Where else?

Tea party in the library! Where else?

Afterward, Sarah (the beautiful bride) and I rushed home to prep pizza crusts and Allie (bridesmaid #1) bought scads, yes SCADS of junk food. Sarah, in her infinite wisdom, requested a Girl’s Night In theme to her party. And I am all about that life. We ate junk food, played games, and watched movies. Perfect.

So. Much. Food!

So. Much. Food!

Sunday, I was back on the train and headed back to Minnesota. Like I said, crazy but FUN!

A lot of people ask why I take the train instead of fly. Well, first of all, I HATE flying. It terrifies me like spiders terrify Ron Weasley. But, more importantly, a train ride to Maryland means 17 hours all to myself. I booked myself a sleeper car (which comes with all meals in the dining car included!), brought my writing notebook, books, and was in HEAVEN. I got more writing done on the train than I have been able to in a long time because it was just me and the words. Train trips are a writer’s dream. I got to eat, sleep, read, write, repeat. And the best part is that I have another train trip in April (the WEDDING) to do it all again. 🙂

That was my crazy, wonderful week! How was yours?

Happy Thursday!

04
Jan

2015: A Year in the Life of a Writer

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MLA 2015

With my Laurel at MLA 2015!

We are safe and sound, back from all our holiday travels. Christmas for us meant a few days to enjoy with friends, family, and too much food. It was made bittersweet this year with the passing of Shane’s grandfather, who lost his fight with pancreatic cancer a few days before Christmas. So, right after getting back from festivities, we drove to northern Wisconsin for his memorial service. More time with family, for hugs, and tears, and still lots of laughter through it all. Then, we had three days–three blissful days–off after the new year to celebrate at home together. We celebrated the new year in the nerdiest way possible: at home, with delicious homemade food, while watching Lord of the Rings and playing the card game simultaneously. Yes, we’re that cool. And I absolutely LOVED it.

Out for an autumn stroll in Mankato

Out for an autumn stroll in Mankato

And now 2016. I spent some time this weekend looking back over 2015 as I documented it here on this blog. And I must say: WHAT A YEAR!!! Last January, sitting in my tiny duplex in Bemidji, I could not have imagined the journey that has taken me to this moment in Mankato.

Remember my garden?! I miss it SO much!

Remember my garden?! I miss it SO much!

Here are some of my favorite events from 2015:

My first blog post EVER!

I’m on TV!

The book release party!

My Golden Birthday!

Going on a book tour!

Moving to Mankato!

Being a Children’s Librarian!

The Highland Games!

Nominated for the Minnesota Book Award!

That’s a lot of exclamation points. But, as you can tell, a lot of exciting things happened in 2015. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!

Outdoor movie/game night was one of my favorite 2015 memories!

Outdoor movie/game night was one of my favorite 2015 memories!

As I mentioned in my last post, my word of the year for 2016 is GRATITUDE. If I could have chosen a word for 2015, it would have been DREAM. So many dreams came true last year, and I can’t thank everyone enough for your love, support, and constant encouragement.

I love this guy--and this book! ;)

I love this guy–and this book! 😉

And I’ve got plenty more dreams for my writing, my career as a children’s librarian, school, and ready for more adventures with the love of my life.

I’m looking at you, 2016!

Happy Monday!

22
Apr

Seven Stones: A Multicultural Novel

Before we finish up talking about how Seven Stones came together, let’s do a quick overview of Monday: IT WAS AWESOME! After munching on an Earl Grey scone, I drove down to Brainerd and enjoyed a day full of food, friends, and book stuff! After lunch with a close friend for lunch at Christmas Point, I zipped over to meet with my publicist and did a really fun interview for a segment on “Community Corner” (and YES, I will be posting the interview online soon!).

Julia

Once the interview was over, I stopped by the Crow Wing Food Co-Op (home of the best sandwiches and wraps EVER), and had a coffee meeting with my publishers. One of the things we discussed was the second printing and just how many books we want to print. I’m not going to say anything until the numbers are finalized, but trust me: it’s something to get EXCITED about! 😀 We also got to talk about marketing & publicity and just getting our book “out there.” I shared a delicious wood-fired fig pizza at Boomer’s Pizza with another friend, and drove back to Bemidji. I was home around 9pm and went to bed like the old lady I am, exhausted but THRILLED with my day.

Wonderful things are on the horizon, people! Krista begins work on my Midwest book tour today, and my official author page is up on Blue Cottage Agency. Stay tuned for author events and book signings in your area. 🙂

Okay! Let’s wrap up our discussion on how Seven Stones came to be. When we left off last week, I had the Celtic background, the Ojibwe inspiration, and now I just needed to put the two together. To do so, I needed one last element: courage. As soon as I discovered such incredible parallels in culture, mythology, and history, I knew that Seven Stones couldn’t just be about Scotland anymore.

Long ago, a professor told me something that deeply affected how I write. She said that unless an author specifies otherwise, most people will assume a main character or narrator is white and skinny. Now, I’m not saying that is necessarily true for everyone, but I was disturbed to realize how true it was for me. Keilann Douglas was originally red-haired, thin, and white, but that is not what I wanted her to be. But I was scared.

You’re white, Julia, I kept reminding myself. You can’t write about other cultures. I was afraid of other people getting angry or offended. I was afraid of being judged, or getting something wrong. In the end, though, the story I wanted to tell was more important than me or my doubts. After all, if a white author is only allowed to write about white characters, should a white reader only read books about white characters? That is a slippery and dangerous slope, and also one that goes against what I believe writing and reading exist for: expanding your mind, bridging cultural gaps, and bringing people together.

Ultimately, that is why I wrote Seven Stones. It isn’t a book about white people or Native people; it’s a book about people, and the culture that defines and inspires them. Keilann is Ojibwe and Scottish–just like my novel. She is a real-sized girl with real life problems, and learns not only the power of her heritage but, more importantly, the power of her own voice.

Website Cover Art

So, armed with passion, dedication, and bricks of dark chocolate, I began writing Keilann’s story and haven’t stopped. I am now well on my way to completing the sequel, and am so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned on this writing journey. For all those of you who have joined me on this journey and have become a part of my story:

Miigwetch. Tapadh Leat. Thank you.

Seven Stones, Part I: A Celtic Novel

Seven Stones Part II: A Native American Novel

Happy Wednesday!

Any questions you still have about Seven Stones? Curious about me or my writing process? Want to know my favorite kind of chocolate? Ask away! 🙂

13
Apr

When Life Gives You Lemons: Write About It!

After this class is over, I want a t-shirt that says, “I Survived E-Publishing & Web Design L&I SCI 685.” The lettering would be all in gold glitter–possibly diamonds–because after this weekend, I deserve at least some glitter. Remember back on Friday how in my ignorant bliss I rambled on about my great writing groove and how much I’ve been writing? Enter, my web design project. I had planned to work on it Friday and Saturday night, and have it completed by the end of the weekend. Such innocence.

Long story short, I worked on the project for four hours on Friday only to discover that I hadn’t saved it in the correct format. Oh yes, there were tears.

It’s okay, I told myself. You’ve got all day Saturday. You can fix this.

I woke up extra early on Saturday to begin work. Two hours later, after managing to tweak the web layout with some simple code, I got a little cocky. I figured I was ready to make some big changes. And totally screwed the entire layout up, and I mean BAD. Everything went wonky because I deleted a few lines of code and couldn’t undo the damage.

As you can imagine, I reacted the way any 26-year-old professional writer and graduate school student would react: I threw a temper tantrum. Tears, yelling, throwing things across the room, I did it all.

When I finally calmed down, I realized I was overtired and did the only thing you can do after a temper tantrum. I took a nap. Yup, just like a five-year -old.

I’d forgotten just how magical naps are. When I awoke, my friend texted me and asked if I wanted to go HORSEBACK RIDING. I immediately turned from a five-year-old in to a twelve-year-old girl and squealed. After riding horses, we grilled outside because it was a gorgeous 60 degrees (I had no idea, being trapped in my cave of despair all morning), and ended up at the Roller Derby after dinner. Have you been to one? Imagine Xena in roller skates. It was crazy awesome, and I instantly wanted to be a Derby Girl–until my husband reminded me that I have a bleeding disorder.

*Sigh* Oh well, I’d just have to kick my assignment’s butt instead. Sunday, I did just that. I am proud to say that I made actual progress during the five hours I worked, and even got to play outside a bit and watch an old Donna Reed movie with Shane.

But why am I telling you all this? What does this have to do with writing? Nothing. I did absolutely no writing over the weekend. I hardly did any reading. I always hear people saying that writers write every day. If you are a writer and feel inadequate because you can’t commit that time, I am here to tell you that you are not alone. There used to be whole weeks where I didn’t get a chance to sit down with my thoughts. Months. It physically pained me not to write, but what was worse was the guilt: How can I be a writer if I don’t write?

Life happens. Sometimes you end up riding horses or screaming your head off at a roller derby. I wouldn’t have skipped out on those things for anything. In the long run, actually going out and experiencing life helps make me a better writer than staying cooped up in my cave and thinking about what they would be like. I planned on spending all of Sunday morning working on the sequel to Seven Stones, but I have a serious project due this week. So, what is a writer to do? Write a blog post about it! This is the first chance I’ve gotten to write for two days, so I figured I’d make the most of it. In my writing, I’ve learned that ALL experiences–good, bad, and ugly–can be used to your advantage.

Which brings me to my writing tip of the day. I’ve been reading Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. I’m not the biggest fan of non-fiction, so a writing guide has to be good to keep me turning pages. I’m happy to say that Writing Tools is full of inspirational tidbits and excellent workshop exercises to help get writers doing what we love best: writing! Here’s the tip that really hits home for me: Discount Nothing.

“Some days you will write many poor words. Other days you’ll write a few good words. The poor words may be a necessary path to the good words.”

As someone whose rewritten her current manuscript three times, I know that this is true. Words, whether they are gems or stinkers, are still words. Some days, you get to write them down. Other days, you just write them in your head. No matter what life throws at you, you are still a writer.

Here’s to a New Week of Writing! Happy Monday!

Ever have a story you wish you could write? What’s stopping you?

08
Apr

SEVEN STONES, Part 1: A Celtic Novel

The most frequent question I get asked about writing Seven Stones is where the heck I got the idea to combine Celtic and Ojibwe culture. The idea really seems to intrigue people (YAY! That was the hope!) because most wouldn’t have thought those two cultures have anything in common. Since it is such a fascinating topic to me (and hopefully my readers 😉 ), I decided to write a three-part post about the different elements of the writing process and how they all came together to form Seven Stones.

national-trust-for-scotland

Part One is going to focus on the Celtic aspects of the novel, Part Two will explore the Ojibwe elements, and Part Three will be about how I wove them together into a cohesive story. It was a fun, interesting, and ultimately organic process that lead to so many wonderful realizations, opportunities, and relationships. To get to the heart of Seven Stones, all I had to do was scratch the surface to see how these seemingly different cultures had so much in common. That is the goal of this whole endeavor, the reason why I wrote my novel: to show how when you just take the time to look, culture can bring us together instead of divide.

So! Without further adieu: grab a cup of coffee, maybe a lemon blueberry muffin, and read on!

Seven Stones, Part 1: A Celtic Novel

stone circle

Scotland has been a lifelong love of mine. Since I can remember, the craggy, heather-covered hills, windblown moors, and deep, mysterious lochs have held me in thrall. Everything about the land is seeped in mystery, drama, and a little bit of magic. When I set out to write a novel, I knew I wanted to capture that in words.

My fascination with Scotland and all things Celtic is in my blood. I am a descendant of Robert the Bruce (that guy from Braveheart? Well, not exactly historically accurate, but that’s my great-great-great-great-great x100 uncle) on my father’s side, something my family is very proud of. As a child, Scotland was always a wild, fairy tale land filled with castles, warriors, and the Fey. When I grew older, I devoured books on Scottish history and taught myself a decent amount of the Gaelic.

Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce

The history of Scotland is a proud one, but I wouldn’t exactly call it happy. Until recently (about 200 years, give or take), the Scottish people have fought constant power struggles with their neighbors, the English (or Sassenach, in the Gaelic). Ancient Scots were ruled by a clan (clann means “children” in the Gaelic) system. Each family was headed by a laird who provided land and protection in return for loyalty and service in times of war. During a time of English oppression, the Scots clan system was dismantled and Highlanders were forced off of their traditional homes, displacing hundreds of thousands of families. Speaking the native Gaelic language was outlawed and as a result, Scottish Gaelic almost died out completely.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some of that turbulent struggle into the story (and future stories!), and after researching Ojibwe history, I began to see the first parallels…but more on that next week. 🙂

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The bloody history of Scotland was inevitably intertwined with its mythology and religion. I was most interested in the Pre-Christian mythology, and was drawn to those ancient stone circles that dot the island. No one really knows how they got there or why they were built, but legends of their power have existed for centuries. Pre-Christian Scottish religion was deeply rooted in nature, so the stone circles are thought to have had a ritualistic or ceremonial purpose.

In Celtic mythology, dreams were sources of power, could provide glimpses of the future, and were closely connected to the spirit world. As stone circles were often known as portals to the Otherworld, dreams naturally played a big part in the legends surrounding the mystic power of the circles.

As a writer, that combination of mystery and drama is like chocolate to me–irresistible! So there I was with the beginnings of Seven Stones in Celtic lore and history. How did I decide to mix Ojibwe culture into the story? What kind of research did it take? Most importantly, how much chocolate did I eat during the writing process? The answer may shock you.

Find out in the next exciting installment of Seven Stones Part 2: An Ojibwe Novel coming soon to a blog near you! 🙂

If you want to learn more about Scottish history and lore, these websites were good starting places in my research:

Scottish History

Stone Circles

Happy Wednesday!

09
Mar

A Day in the Life

dream breakfast

My Dream Breakfast, Hobbit Style

When I describe all the projects I’ve got going on, a question I get a lot is “How do you have time for all of that?” That, my friends, is a fair question. Someday, the ultimate dream is to be a full-time writer. How amazing would that be? I’ve often thought about what my “dream” Monday would look like. Here’s what it would look like:

Dream Monday

6:00am: Wake up

6:30am: Sit down to write with a mug of tea in hand

9:30am: Take a break for breakfast with Shane

10:30am-12pm: Check email, social media stuff, etc.

12pm: light lunch/snack

12:30pm-5:30pm: Write!

5:30-6:30pm: Yoga and shower

7:00pm: Dinner with Shane

8:00pm-Bed: Relax, hangout with friends, movie, reading, fun time

Sounds pretty great, huh? That’s the dream writing day with no other commitments or obligations. For the moment, however, here is what a day in the life of Julia normally looks like:

Real Monday

6:30am: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6:35am: Alarm goes off again.

6:45am: Cannot ignore alarm anymore. Reluctantly dismiss alarm and groggily find way to kitchen where I’ll make tea and feel somewhat more human.

6:45-7:15: Check emails, update social media, etc.

7:15-8:15am: Work on homework. This includes reading chapters, articles, answering prompts, and working on projects

8:15-8:45am: Breakfast and get ready for work

9:00am-4pm: Work at the library. I actually love being a librarian. Being surrounded by books is the next best thing to reading/writing them.

4:00pm-6:30pm: More homework

6:30pm-8:30pm: If Shane’s having a good sports day, he’ll have an opportunity to come home for dinner and we’ll spend the next few hours eating and hanging out. Possibly playing Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. I’m obsessed.

8:30pm: Shane goes back to the station to be sports anchor on the 10 o’clock news.

8:30-9:00pm: Check email, social media, etc.

9:00pm-10:00pm: Yoga and shower

10:00pm: Time to watch Shane on the news!

10:30-11:00pm: Do a little cleaning up (laundry, dishes, etc.)

11:00pm: Get in my jammies, grab my notebook and pen, and finally–finally–have a chance to write. Some nights I won’t actually get into bed until midnight because I’ll continue working on homework after yoga. Regardless of my bed time, I’ll write until I fall asleep.

It’s all a bit crazier this semester because of the book release party, but I’ve managed to be very successful with my grad school classes so far. The work load for these classes is more intense than I’ve experienced with other classes, but I’m doing okay. I just have to keep up by constantly chipping away at assignments. It’s all worth it, though, because I genuinely love being a librarian. It doesn’t even feel like work. So, while I would love to be a full-time writer, I know that relying on my writing for my primary source of income isn’t very realistic. At least, not at this point. Hence, the grad school classes. But you never know, maybe someday my dream day will be a reality. Until then, I’m still having a pretty great time!

What does your dream day look like?

16
Feb

Writing the Sequel, Word by Word

If someone asks you to write a seqeul, you say YES!

If someone asks you to write a sequel, you say YES!

After almost two years and three rewrites, I finally feel like I have a good handle on the sequel to Seven Stones. I have to admit that when my publishers first asked me about writing a sequel, I wasn’t sure about the idea. At the time (May 2013) I was working on the second book of a futuristic dystopian series (I have since put this and other story ideas on the back burner, but am looking forward to exploring them again someday). In fact, before my publishers brought it up, I hadn’t considered writing a sequel to Seven Stones. However, I have learned that if someone in the publishing business asks you to write a sequel you say, “YES!” So, I did.

I went home from that meeting exhilarated and excited. I just officially was offered a contract and Seven Stones was actually going to be published. I did a happy dance, ate ice cream, and got to work. I soon found out that writing the sequel was going to be a very different experience than the first book. There was a change of scenery, new characters to introduce, old characters to dust off, and–oh yeah–a plot to figure out. The entire manuscript for Seven Stones was written in a year. This manuscript has been written, shredded, rewritten, burned, and rewritten again in its year-and-a-half existence. Writing it has been an incredible learning opportunity. I’ve done more research for this upcoming novel, and have met some truly wonderful people who have shared their stories and their lives with me. I’ve experimented with new writing styles and ways to create inspiration (more on how I break through writer’s block in a future post).

Writing is funny. Usually, you hear about authors going on writing sprees early on in a novel and losing steam about half way through. 100 solid pages into this project, my creativity and motivation are finally at their peak. Thanks to motivation, determination, and a truly amazing support group, the sequel is shaping up into something magical. I love being back in the world of Seven Stones, developing and exploring the characters. Playing with plot. Dabbling with diction. Acing alliteration. There is a lot more work to be done, but I am eager to do what it takes to finish a first draft before the fall. That’s my personal deadline: September 1st. This blog has been and will continue to be a great source of inspiration for me, as well as a tool to keep me accountable for my writing progress. I’ll keep everyone posted and perhaps even tally how many words I write per week. That should keep me humble!

I can’t thank you enough for being here on this writing journey with me. Only a little over a month away from the release of Seven Stones!!!!

30
Jan

Friday Favorites

Me, doing my homework this week.

Me, doing my homework.

The first week of the semester is officially in the books! So far, I am really proud of how much I’ve stuck to my schedule and my goals. All my reading and posting was done in two days and I completed my first assignment early. The best part, though, is that I’ve been able to keep my writing promise to myself. I vowed to write everyday, even if it is only for five minutes. Though some days were super busy, I made sure I carved at least a little time to focus on writing. And I feel so good because of it. Writing is such a release, such a way to unwind. When I write, I get to clear my mind of all the worries and unfinished tasks of the day. I get to step outside of my life and just enjoy the story.

Every writer is different, but I’ve found that my favorite time to write is the early morning. It is by far the most productive time of day for me. This week, I’ve set my alarm 1.5-2 hours early and dedicated that time to either writing or homework. Which leads me to my Friday Favorites:

Organic Hazelnut Coffee Syrup

Yummmm....

Yummmm….

Waking up earlier inevitably means that I am drinking more coffee. I worked in coffee shops through high school and college, so anything in my coffee has to be good. This organic coffee syrup is sweetened with agave nectar and flavored with hazelnut. My favorite coffee flavor. Just a tablespoon of this syrup and your morning mug is transformed into an inspiration jump-starting treat (that just happens to go well with chocolate butterscotch chip cookies).

Sunrises

I’ve seen my fair share of them this week. It’s a perk of actually dragging yourself out of bed and functional before anyone should be. The sunrises I’ve witnessed have been absolutely beautiful reds and pinks against the backdrop of snow up here in the frozen north. Consequently, sunrises seem much prettier if you have already had at least one mug of hazelnut coffee.

Seriously, though, I do love this time of day. It is so quiet and peaceful. I think that’s why I’m able to get so much done. When I wake up early, it feels like I can just shut the world out for a while, like I’ve stolen a few secret hours that are mine to do whatever I want with. Whatever else happens during the day, I am grateful for those few extra hours.

The Hundred-Foot Journeymadhavabody

I finished Lost Lake on Wednesday night–stayed up way too late to do so, actually. Today, I began The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. What drew me to the story was (what else?) food. The novel revolves around a young Indian teenager who grows up above his grandfather’s restaurant in Mumbai. After the family moves to France, their Indian restaurant becomes a rival of the traditional French restaurant across the street (100 feet away). The young Indian boy learns not only to bridge the gap between restaurants, but between cultures as well. The story promises a world of food culture and a good coming-of-age journey. I’m excited to begin! To set the tone for this the book, I think I’m going to make butternut squash curry and homemade naan this weekend.

Happy Friday!

What are you reading this week?

26
Jan

So It Begins

Just realized today is the first day of grad classes

Just realized today is the first day of grad classes

After a long and truly wonderful winter break from my grad classes, I’m back to the grindstone today. For those of you that do not know, I am currently in my fourth semester of my Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. It is my dream to one day become a Youth Services or Reference Librarian. I am passionate about libraries. Libraries are the guardians of intellectual freedom and represent the best aspects of democracy. Seriously, where else can you go where everything is free and people just want to help you? For free. No ulterior motives, no sales gimmicks.

I love libraries.  I love books. And I’m a big nerd (my husband calls me Hermione and I love it), so I even love school. But this is the first semester I have not looked forward to starting classes. This semester is different because I’ve never launched a book before! My goal for winter break (and I think I’ve done a fairly good job keeping pace) was to work on book release stuff and write, write, write the sequel to Seven Stones (more on that in another post!). First and foremost, I wanted to get the website up and begin blogging. Thanks to my FABULOUS web designer and the wonderful folks at RiverPlace, those goals have been achieved.

However, there is still so much to be done. I have come to accept that there simply will never be enough hours in the day to write as much as I want. The hardest part of going back to school is that all the free time that I set aside for writing will now be devoted to homework and term papers. Usually, during the school semester I will maybe get one good day of writing a week. ONE. It kills me, and my writing seriously suffers. My goal for this semester: write every day. It doesn’t matter if I write for five hours or five minutes, but I want to at least practice my craft daily. It is true that writing anything helps foster creativity and motivation, so I am hoping that this blog will keep me on track and accountable in my novel writing.

Goals for the school year:

  1. Uphold my 4.0 GPA
  2. Write every day
  3. Have a successful book release (!!!)
  4. Maintain illusion of sanity

​Can all of these goals be accomplished simultaneously? Only time will tell…​

Happy Monday!

What are some of your goals for the year?

21
Jan

My First Post!

On the scene with Catherine Silver!

On the scene with Catherine Silver!

This is my first blog post EVER. Can you feel the excitement? Well, then, get ready for some more: it is officially two months until the release of my debut novel, Seven Stones!!!! If you are reading this, thank you so much for checking out my website. Though you cannot purchase the book quite yet, I will announce as soon as we begin taking preorders! Feel free to look about and contact me–I’d love to hear from you.

This blog will be a place where I post updates about the book, upcoming events, book giveaways, and daily tidbits into my writing life. I’ll also be sharing the occasional recipe and yoga poses. I absolutely LOVE food, and try to find healthy, tasty recipes to make for my husband and I. Yoga is another big passion of mine. It helps center and calm me when I feel like I can’t focus. I find that getting creative in the kitchen and on the mat helps foster creativity in writing. Plus, then I have a tasty snack to eat while writing, so it is a win-win situation.

Other exciting news: I was featured in the news! Lakeland News did an In Focus story about me and my upcoming novel. For those of you living outside northern Minnesota, In Focus is a weekly news segment that features local artists. It was such a thrill and honor to be interviewed by the great Catherine Silver. Here is the link, if you’d like to view the story! Two months and counting!