Exciting News: I’m a 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist!

Posted Mar 28 2015

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a finalist in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. My first category-length manuscript, At Her Service, is one of five contenders in the Short Contemporary Romance category. RWA announced the results of the contest on March 26. That morning, my desk resembled a command center: my desktop […]

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I Write, Therefore I Read

Posted Feb 19 2015

I’ve been writing in earnest since February of last year. In that short time, I’ve learned a lot about the mechanics of writing romance stories. There are numerous blunders to avoid: too much backstory, the saggy middle, the big misunderstanding, the unsympathetic character, clichés, and so on. And there are numerous techniques that will strengthen your manuscript: an […]

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The (Writing) Year in Review

Posted Jan 1 2015

It’s the first of the new year, and I can’t resist reflecting on last year’s journey toward becoming a published author. I entered contests, and to my surprise, placed in a few. I finished two novellas, a full-length novel, and a category romance. Sure, some of those pages will never be available for public consumption, […]

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Query Tips Gleaned from Pitch Wars 2014: A Query Fail

Posted Aug 20 2014

If you’re an unpublished writer, you’re probably participating in Pitch Wars 2014–or you know somebody who’s stalking the feed. If you’re not familiar with Pitch Wars, check out Brenda Drake’s blog for more information. And if you have a Twitter account, check out #PitchWars. The 2014 Pitch Wars submission window is closed, but the fun […]

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CTRWA Write Stuff Contest – Final Results

Posted Aug 18 2014

Yesterday I learned my first manuscript, Inevitable, took first place in the Short Contemporary category of the 2014 CTRWA Write Stuff Contest. I’m delighted that an editor enjoyed my manuscript, and I’m looking forward to revising the manuscript to make it shine. Congrats to my fellow finalists! That’s enough of a celebration. It’s time to […]

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RWA 2014: I Survived

Posted Aug 17 2014

Yes, that’s right. I survived the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference in San Antonio. In fact, I could not have asked for a better conference experience. Fellow writers saw my first-timer ribbon and engaged me in conversations—at workshops, in the elevator, and, um, in the bathroom. I met several of my fellow RWA […]

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A Newbie’s Guide to Surviving RWA 2014

Posted Jul 17 2014 in

I’m headed to the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual conference in San Antonio next week—as a first-time attendee. If conferences for romance writers were personified, the RWA annual conference would be the Alpha Male among them. I’ve taken a pitch class to prepare me for the business of selling my novel; I’ve considered and […]

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