Crystal and Flint, My writing journey

Crystal and Flint Deleted Scenes

I love watching deleted scenes from movies. Those little moments that didn’t make the final cut, but can still give insight in the characters and stories. Just like in movies there are a lot of scenes that get cut when writing book. There’s lots of reasons why a scene gets cut. It might not move… Continue reading Crystal and Flint Deleted Scenes

My writing journey, Writing Tips

What to do when your first draft is a huge dumpster fire

With the release of Family Binds just 16 days away, it’s time to start working on book 3 in The Journey Missions series, Thicker Than Blood. In book 3 Crystal, Desi, Justin, Grady, and Tyler are sent to Earth to speak in a military hearing on the benefits of the officer exchange program to try… Continue reading What to do when your first draft is a huge dumpster fire

Crystal and Flint, My writing journey, Writing Tips

How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

I was preparing to speak at a career day a few months ago and was trying to pull together a visual to use to show just how much work goes into getting a book ready for publication. In digging through all the printed drafts I had, I stumbled upon the very first draft for Crystal… Continue reading How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

Family Binds, My writing journey, Updates

Oh hey there, remember me

I do this to myself every year. Every December, while I'm still riding high off of my nano win in November, I make a plan for what I want to accomplish the next year, complete with deadlines. Deadlines that I end up not being able to meet once the new year starts. This year is… Continue reading Oh hey there, remember me

self publishing, Writing Tips

Self-Publishing Lessons Learned

I had heard ton of tips and tricks on how to self-publish, had even attended a few conferences about it, before I ever decided that was the right path for me. One of the key things I took away from the speakers that was self-publishing is fast and you have to move fast if want… Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Learned

My writing journey, Writing Tips

First Draft to Final Draft

I found an old flash drive in our safe.  On it was an old draft of The Journey Missions: Crystal and Flint.  I don’t think it’s the first draft, but it’s dated 2013 so it’s certainly one of the earliest.  I skimmed through the document and it’s amazing how the story has transformed.  It’s still… Continue reading First Draft to Final Draft