I've loved writing since I can remember. I grew up in Virginia and upstate New York, creating expansive journals before blogging existed. I chronicled my high school years with detailed scenes including dialogue, setting and cliffhangers. My family moved to Utah at the beginning of my junior year and I finished high school early. I attended college at both Weber State University and the University of Utah.
I spent the next ten years in two completely different lines of work, Cosmetology (fulfilling my need for the creative) and the Investment and Insurance Industry (fulfilling my need to eat and pay the bills). I stayed in Utah except for a two year stint in Henderson, Nevada that ignited a fierce love for poolside weather. My dual focus of occupation kept me very busy through those years, but thankfully blogging emerged to keep me sane and writing regularly.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I decided to write a book because I hadn't claimed it as a concrete goal at that point. I just wanted to write a captivating story and see how far I could get. The longest fictional piece I’d written previously was only about thirty pages, during college. I had no idea what I was doing. I wrote a vivid dream scene and experienced the intoxicating phenomenon of a character taking over. The scene played movie-style in my head and I wrote like mad. That sequence turned out to be the very crux of my REMality series.
I had no idea my new obsession came with a lengthy learning process. I spent countless hours researching, writing and editing. I wish I could go back to that version of myself and download everything I know now into her head. Since that’s not an option, I created a For Writers section where I share everything I wish I'd known in the beginning. I hope to pay it forward to other aspiring authors.
The first book I wrote is called REMality. It's an adult contemporary thriller with hyperreality flavor. It's approximately 83K words, packed with suspense and moral dilemmas. REMality went through several complete rewrites as I've studied the craft of writing, but the evolution of the story kept me hooked through all the changes. This book will forever be one of my passions and I'm excited for when it gets published.
My current book obsession is called Project Evie. It's upmarket women's fiction about a feisty woman whose fiancé is murdered right in front of her. She then discovers that not only was he already married, he was also working for an infamous crime family. Forced into Witness Protection, she struggles to embrace her new identity as Evie Morgan while investigating a past she never knew she had. I entered Project Evie into the first chapter contest at Storymakers15 Conference and it won first place my category. Project Evie is ready for Beta Readers this month. I'm so excited to be able to share her story!
My ideal writing space is my writing room at my house. Recently I've had a lot of success hitting my word count by waking up at five in the morning to write. Sounds crazy . . . but it's working! Once I get started, I do a few things to create the right mood for the current section. Music is a huge part of my creative process. I like to listen to Movie Soundtracks that are intense and emotionally charged. Another must for my writing sessions is a delicious beverage. Coffee fuels my five a.m. writing sessions or if it's the middle of the day I might have an iced chai. And a glass of red wine is my fav if I'm pounding out the words late at night. The only thing that never changes is my Macbook Air, which I take everywhere as if my life depended on it. I write in Scrivener and rave about it to every writer because it's unparalleled and fantastic.
I participate in two critique groups. I've been in Riveting Writers for several years. We have five members and meet ever other week. We email a 10-15 page selection beforehand and edit everyone else's selection prior to our meeting. We then meet to discuss the edits. Recently we've been working through some of Margie Lawson's classes as well. We do an annual boot-camp and attend many local author events. One of the members has been published and two of us are at various stages in the publishing process. My other critique group evolved from a manuscript swap. There are five of us in that group as well. We meet once a month to work on our current projects and discuss writing issues. I can’t even tell you how much I’ve learned from participating in these groups. For anyone who is serious about writing, it's vital to create or join a critique group.
I'm a contributor for Delicious Reads, a chic, food and party-loving book club. We throw a book bash for our book selections each month and have six contributors on our website. You can check out our Instagram to get a taste of our events.
I'm a member of the Utah League of Writers and the Utah Valley Writers. In my capacity as a chair for the Utah Valley Writers, I interview Agents, Editors and Authors for their insights to post on our Blog.
I love spending time with my family more than anything. They are hilarious, adventurous, and genuine. I couldn’t be luckier. I also have a grumpy dachshund and a diva kitty. My husband is my biggest supporter and constantly pushes my boundaries as a writer. I am blessed to have amazing friends. I have aBucket List filled with goals to keep me inspired. I've recently discovered how much I love yoga. I also paint, sing and play the piano. I love public speaking and have a plan to incorporate that into my life again at some point. I love to travel and always try to get to the beach wherever I go. I crave good conversation, especially if it is accompanied by red wine. I don’t eat meat, but I love sushi. I had double knee surgery a few years ago and then ran my first 5K through Napa in the summer of 2013. I designed the 30 Days to Love Yourself Project. I live in Utah at the base of the most beautiful mountains where I embrace all four seasons. I believe spending time outside can heal almost anything. I'm a huge fan of audio-books because it allows me to read a ton, even with my busy lifestyle. I read 50 Books in 2013, 40 Books in 2014 about 30 last year, when I had a new baby. I post reviews on Goodreads, so you can check out my recommendations there.
When I Blog, I offer unsolicited advice, give updates on what's new with me, and share writing samples.
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I'm a self-taught, aspiring author. There are many things I wish I'd known at the beginning. This compilation are the tips I've learned along the way. Hoping to pay it forward.
When a woman’s fiancé is murdered, she discovers not only was he already married, he was working for an infamous crime family. Forced into Witness Protection, she struggles to embrace her new identity as Evie while investigating a past she never knew she had.
Enter REMality, the parallel existence of dreams, where an honorable man is exiled and innocent people commit murder in their sleep.
Think you're immune? Think again.
Everybody has to sleep sometime...
Wordsmith. Happy. Passionate. Lover of books, wine and engaging conversation.
Obsessed with debuting my first novel.
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