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
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!
Behind the scenes of being a professional writer … More Behind the Screen
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
Every November I get excited about participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I like the sense of energy (and urgency) that it creates, whether you’re participating in community write-ins at your local library or sitting at your kitchen table furiously trying to make word count before midnight each day. This year, I had a … More Feeling Drafty: R.M. Romero Talks “Pants-ing” Her Way Through NaNoWriMo