These are strange and unprecedented times we’re living in. Today marks Week Two of my self-quarantine. Last week I worked remotely while recovering from a bad cold; this week my company is on furlough. I’ve been trying to avoid most social media to moderate my anxiety levels, but it’s hard to completely shut out Facebook … More Creativity in the Time of Quarantine
Note: This post was originally published March 31, 2017 as part of a Women in History blog series for OH, for the HOOK of a Book. There seems to be some unwritten law of the universe that ensures the brightest, most creative minds are snuffed out at a young age. The Brontë sisters, authors of … More The Brontes’ Bookcase
On this day 201 years ago, Charlotte Bronte was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, UK. Through heartache and hardship, she would go on to write some of the most celebrated novels of the English language. Today, we celebrate the life of Charlotte Bronte. Read more about Charlotte Bronte in my debut novel, The Mourning Ring! Check … More Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bronte!
April 19-26 my debut novel, The Mourning Ring, will be making its way across the blog-o-sphere. Check out the schedule (below) for special excerpts, reader reviews, and exclusive author interviews. Blog Tour Schedule Wednesday, April 19 Review at 100 Pages a Day Thursday, April 20 Excerpt at What Is That Book About Review, Excerpt & Interview … More Blog Tour Begins!
Behind the scenes of being a professional writer … More Behind the Screen
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One of the most difficult parts of writing is establishing a routine. One piece of advice I heard as a beginning writer was that I should write every day, no matter what. That advice is repeated as gospel in workshops, on convention panels, in writing advice books. I don’t…
Every so often, when my creative well has run dry, I get discouraged about my writing. I understand (from my community of writing friends and my shelf of craft books) that this is fairly common among the creative. Even if you’ve experienced writing/publishing success in the past, its not unusual to feel like a fraud wondering … More Fighting With My Writing: Reservations and Resolutions
This past week I had the opportunity to visit The Morgan Library and Museum in NYC and view the Brontë exhibit titled “Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will” (after the famous line from Jane Eyre). It’s taken me a few days to process what it meant to me to be in the same room as some of … More What I learned from Charlotte Brontë’s independent will
My first Goodreads giveaway for The Mourning Ring came to an end on Thursday night at midnight. It was exhilarating to watch the number of requests spike in those last few hours, and I was blown away by the amount of interest in my Bronte novel. I would have been pleased with 500 requests, but … More Successful Goodreads Giveaway
This article was co-written by Sarah Parke and Elizabeth Beechwood. Some writing projects require a lot of research, particularly novels that incorporate mythology, historical research, or invented languages. If you’re working on a novel and finding yourself drowning in story details, you may want to create a Story Bible. A Story Bible collects all the … More Keep Your Story Straight with a Story Bible