Excerpt from Book – Chapter 4

Shelby opened the door to Jesse’s guestroom without knocking. It was 30 minutes before their meeting, and she had to set her plan in motion immediately. She found the room empty but heard the shower going in the adjourning bathroom. Even better. She had worn a too-short skirt, a low cut top, and [...]

Excerpt from Book – Chapter 13

                                            If it had been any other day, Mateo would’ve biked around Chicano Park before cutting back to his house on South Evans Street. But, his mom was [...]

Finding Sanctuary at the Beach

A lot of the story is set here in San Diego so this week I’ve been digging through some details about Mission Beach and its iconic Belmont Park as well as the Giant Dipper, a historical wooden roller coaster that was built in 1925. This picture is from 1966. And here is a pretty [...]

February was the New November

  Wow! It was tough, but I did it! I’m three chapters away from the end of my second draft when I hit the 50,000 words mark! I have a lot left to do with my third draft. But, I have one COMPLETE story from beginning to end. I’m really looking forward to adding in the details like [...]

Half Way There – 27,000 Words to Go

I have been cranking out my draft. I already have 22,000 words added to my second draft and I’m half way there. Last week, I was really developing my characters. This week, I’m finding that my first draft was really all over the place. I guess that should be expected. After all, I wrote [...]

Fun with Character Development!

There are 370 questions in this Character Development form and I’m filling one out for each important character in my book! What’s cool is that I’m learning so much more about them! I’m surprised by how powerful this is. It’s pretty intense! Try one of your own! [...]

Let’s Try this Again

It is now February. I finally started to feel better after that nasty cold around Friday. I simply couldn’t focus on writing, but I did manage to keep up some posts on my Facebook page. I also was able to get some reading done. But mostly, I spent the time day dreaming about my novel. [...]

Calling out Sick!

I can’t believe it. {cough cough} Here I am wanting to write and I can’t pick my head up. I’m barely able to get out this post. What cruel gods would do this to a person? {cough cough} And if one more loving and supporting friend tells me that it is just all the stress of this new [...]

A New Chapter – Quitting my Day Job

I did it! Today is my last day at work. I have taken the big scary leap. I quit my job to pursue my writing career. A dream I have wanted to chase since I was 5. And today, I’m finally free to do it! How? Why now? All great questions… I am 1/4 through my second draft of my novel and I [...]

First Draft is Complete

Excerpt: Shelby just hit her favorite part of her daily jog, she turns off the sidewalk and down the hill into the deep soft sand. With each swift stride, pebbles of sand slip into her socks and shoes. A sensation that she hated at first, but now loves how it scratches her skin. It is nice just to [...]