Crystal and Flint, The Journey Missions

Crystal and Flint is 1!

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Crystal and Flint’s publication. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that my work has been out in the world for that long, something I had dreamed about and worked at for years. There are still moments when I’m working on The Journey Mission Series where it feels like these… Continue reading Crystal and Flint is 1!

Author Interview

Author Interview: Renee Dugan

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Renee Dugan author of The Chaos Circus and Darkwind, the first book of the Starchaser Saga. I first met Renee about three years ago on the NaNo forums, where we eventually joined the same cabin for a session of CampNano where we quickly realized that we didn’t want… Continue reading Author Interview: Renee Dugan

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

Crystal and Flint, My writing journey

“That’s how it should always be.”

A few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down and talk to one of my readers. She’s the young teen daughter of a friend of mine from school. She was staying with her grandmother in our old neighborhood and I went over to give her a copy of Family Binds and I was… Continue reading “That’s how it should always be.”

My writing journey, Writing Tips

The power of owning your title

A little over a year ago, we got a new executive director for my department at work. As is always the case when there is new top management, he had grand plans for how to change things. He told us a story about visiting some start up tech company where all the employees were called… Continue reading The power of owning your title

Crystal and Flint, Family Binds, The Journey Missions, Writing Tips

Personality Tests and Characterization

Have you ever taken a personality test? They are one of my side interests and I’ve spent countless hours taking them and researching the different personality types. It really helps me to understand how different people take in information and interact with the world. My favorite resource for this is 16 Personalities which follows the… Continue reading Personality Tests and Characterization

Indie Book Reviews

The Chaos Circus by R. Dugan Review

The Chaos Circus by R. Dugan tells the story of Tessa, a young woman who desperately wants to live a normal ordinary life, but when her most prized possession is stolen from her Tessa must risk everything to get it back. She follows Nicolai to the Mirror Lands and the home of The Chaos Circus… Continue reading The Chaos Circus by R. Dugan Review

My writing journey

When things don’t go according to plan

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a planner. I have spreadsheets to help me organize every aspect of my life. I set goals and deadlines for myself, especially when it comes to my writing. But sometimes those plans fall apart and once they do it's really hard for me to get back… Continue reading When things don’t go according to plan

self publishing

What it means to be an Indie Author

For those of you not intimately familiar with how the publishing world works these days, there are two main paths to publication, traditional publishing and self-publishing. Traditional publishing is what people typical think about when talking about publishing a book. In the simplest of terms, it’s finding an agent, who then tries to sell your… Continue reading What it means to be an Indie Author

Monthly recaps, My writing journey

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Another year is gone and what a crazy year it was. There were so many ups and downs, but overall 2018 was a pretty amazing year. The biggest thing to happen this year was the birth of my daughter, Lillian, in May of this year. My husband and I had been trying to have a… Continue reading Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019