children's writer

My Current WIP

Oct 31, 2012
Hello and happy Halloween! I've been tagged by the lovely Rhiann to share a little about my WIP. Although I've done a post like this twice already, I just couldn't say no. So here we go.

What is the working title of your WIP?


Where did the idea for the book come from?

I know this is cliche, but it came to me in a dream. I heard my main character's voice in my head. I started typing as soon as I woke up.

What genre does your book fall under?

Definitely young adult contemporary.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I've had a major girl crush on Carey Mulligan ever since I saw her in An Education. I can see her playing the part of my main character, Marylyn.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

After she runs away to New York to become an actress on Broadway, Marylyn learns it takes more than just a pretty face to be a star.

It isn't very good, but it's all I can come up with for now.

What other books would you compare the story to in your genre?

I really have no clue. Any young adult contemporary novel about a small town girl with big dreams.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I hope represented by an agency.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I've always had a thing for musicals, so I guess that might have a bit to do with it.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

There'll probably be a very juicy scandal that will have my characters seeing red. *wink wink*

Thanks for reading you guys! I'm supposed to tag four people I think, but I know many of you have done this already. I don't want to be a bother, so if you want to go ahead and tell us about your novel consider yourself tagged.

Preparing for NaNo

Oct 19, 2012
While some writers are writing pages and pages of outlines, I've been collecting images and music to help get me through those 30 grueling days. I guess my method of preparing is a little different. Those of you who visit my blog might already know that I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. So why should NaNo be any different? Below are five super fun things I've done and will do in time for NaNo. Hopefully, I won't get into too much trouble for posting these images.

1. I found the perfect image of the main love interest, Philippe.

2. I found the perfect image of Philippe and my main character's best friend, Margaret. The boy in this picture and the first aren't the same person, but it's such a sweet picture.

3. I found a quote that captures the heart of the story perfectly.

4. I created a playlist on Grooveshark.

5. I will buy the biggest bag of strawberry Twizzlers I can find. 

Have a wonderful weekend you guys!

If you're the owner of any of these images and would like them removed  let me know. 

Teaser Tuesday: My Danny Boy

Oct 16, 2012
Hello everyone! For Teaser Tuesday today I'm sharing the first page of a flash fiction piece I wrote yesterday. It might be horrible, but I thought I might as well share it since I have nothing else to do with it. As always, thanks for reading, commenting, and following.


Thanks for reading!

NaNoWriMo 2012

Oct 12, 2012
Hey guys! So like many of you I will be participating in NaNo this year. I'm super excited about it. I've never won, but I personally think it's a great way to get the ball rolling on a new project. This year I won't be a rebel. I'll be starting a brand new novel in a genre I've only attempted once or twice. Today I wanted to share some tidbits.

This year's NaNo Novel is officially titled IVY OF OUR HEARTS. I'm not sure if it's fantasy or magical realism. At first I wanted it to be magical realism, but after writing the short synopsis I'm not so sure anymore. What do you think?


Ivy Fable hates the endless apple orchards of Effingham, Connecticut, but she knows nothing else. So when her parents tell her they’re moving, her world is pulled out from underneath her like an old carpet. Her best friend, Margaret Thomas, can’t believe the news either. In an instant, Margaret, who’s always full of bright ideas, comes up with a way for Ivy to stay.

They’ll run away.

Together they head off into the Connecticut woods with their backpacks filled with everything they’ll need to survive on their own. But the woods are deeper and darker than they can imagine, and by the time the pair realizes they've made a horrible mistake. It’s too late. They’re lost. Surrounded by endless trees with no cell phone signal, Ivy and Margaret decide all they can do now is wait. Wait to be found, or wait for the thick woods to swallow them whole.

While they wait, the two trade stories back and forth of things that might hide in the brambles and thickets. In reality, all seems ordinary to Ivy and Margaret, until a boy named Philippe appears to them one evening. Agitated and hungry, Ivy and Margaret think they’re seeing things. But Philippe with hair as dark and sleek as a raven’s feather and eyes as blue as ink from a pen, convinces the two to come with him.
As the three of them journey on and discover all of the wonders and beauty the woods have to offer, they find themselves falling into a deep and complicated love. It’s Philippe and Ivy. Margaret and Philippe. But as time passes and the days grow cool, Ivy and Margaret become weary.  Philippe’s love for the two of them becomes tiring, and they long to go home. But for Ivy and Margaret, who’s lived so long in the woods consumed by Philippe’s love, there might not be a home to go back to.
At least not one that’s truly real.


I've also created an extremely bad cover, and I'm working on the playlist.

Will any of you be doing NaNo this year?

Image: Stockvault

Things We Love To Write About

Oct 8, 2012
We are all individuals with our own sense of style and interests. It definitely wouldn't be strange if some of the things we love appeared in more than one of our novels. I've realized that although all of novels are different in some way, there are certain aspects that are more or less the same.

For example, while browsing online the other day I came across this huge list of southern baby names. You can find it here if you're interested. For me, coming across this list was like coming across a treasurer chest of gold. Here are some things that I love writing about:

  1. The South - I've always had this deep fascination with the south. Louisiana especially. There's so much culture and history. But it's also very mysterious. 
  2. Small Town Girls - Maybe it's because I'm from the city, but I've always wished I'd grown up in a small town. 
  3. Family Dysfunction - My family is far from perfect, but I definitely don't have to deal with some of the things that my characters go through.
  4. Summer - I think this might be my favorite season. By having my novels take place during the summer, I can focus more on the story than on homework. I'm kidding. 
  5. Cute Boys - I think most of us love writing about these boys. 

That's all I can think of. What about you guys? If you wouldn't mind sharing, what are some things you love writing about?

The Next Big Thing

Oct 5, 2012
Hey guys! It was a little quiet around here this week, and that was only because my internet was down. As for my laptop, I ended up having to send it to Dell to be fixed. I should have it back by next week.

My writer friend, Jadzia, tagged me a few weeks ago for The Next Big Thing. I told her I'd already done a similar meme, but today's Friday and I have nothing else to blog about. As always, thanks for reading.

What is the working title of your book?

South of Lonesome.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

It was inspired by another novel I was working on earlier this year--an adult Southern Gothic inspired by the late Delta Blues singer Robert Johnson. I wanted to make it more YA, so I decided to rewrite it. The novel is heavily influenced by the blues and that's what I love most about it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Like many of my other novels, it's definitely YA contemporary. I think it's a little heavier on the romance though.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

I have no idea. I guess any young African American actress with really curly hair. I think she might look similar to model Jordan Richardson. As for Penn, the love interest, I have no idea.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Eighteen-year-old Shelby Porter longs to break free from her parents' strict rules, and she does when she meets the wild and courageous Penn. 

Bad. I know. But it's all I can come up with for now. 

Will your book be self-published, or represented by an agency?

I hope represented by an agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

I'm actually still working on it. I'm about 6,000 words in.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I've always have a hard time with comparisons. I'd say any YA that focuses on family dysfunction and romance with a southern voice.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

A part from being inspired by Robert Johnson, it was also inspired by that Supernatural episode Crossroad Blues. Of course there aren't any supernatural elements, but there's a boy who's only friend is the harmonica he carries in his pocket.

Have a wonderful Friday you guys!

Flaws & Wants

Oct 1, 2012
I've been more than a little nervous for the past two days because my laptop has decided it doesn't want to boot. It has every novel I've written on it. So you see why I would be nervous. I've had to use my Kindle and the family computer to keep up to date. One of the things I've been doing is watching The Plot Whisperer videos on YouTube. Many of you have probably already seen her videos since they aren't new, but her tips have helped me plan my sixth novel.

Which, against my better judgement, I've already started writing. I figured I might as well since all of my other current novels are on my other computer. One of the most important things I've learned while watching her videos is that the main character must have a want and a flaw that might keep them from getting what they want. As a pantser sometimes I don't really know what my main character wants until the novel is complete.

Writing down a few lines about my main character helps me realize her want early on and also the want of her love interest. 

Do you guys know what your characters want while you're drafting?