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How Third Eye Blind Inspired My Newest Story Idea

How Third Eye Blind Inspired My Newest Story Idea It’s always interesting to hear the inspiration behind a story. For some authors, they consistently conjure up ideas from one area of their life, whether it’s from TV, other books they’ve read, or a person they saw walking down the street. For me, my [...]

Sofia Sawyer’s Top 10 Reads of 2019

Sofia Sawyer’s Top 10 Reads of 2019 Between the zillion books I got during the RWA conference in July and the 200+ books I have on my Kindle, I feel like I had read a whole lot in 2019. I also want to blame bookstagrammers and their beautiful pictures that make me click [...]

Setting Inspiration for Always, Ella: A Look at Charleston, S.C.

Setting Inspiration for Always, Ella The publishing process for my contemporary romance Always, Ella is underway, aiming for a release date in summer 2020! Because the story takes place in Charleston, S.C., I thought it would be fun to share a map that inspired different scenes found within the book. Charleston is such [...]

2020 Writing Goals: Finding My Enough

2020 Writing Goals: Finding My Enough It’s been a year since I returned from my writing retreat in the mountains where I finished a draft of my fifth novel, Tangled Up in You. As with any first draft, I give myself a break for a few weeks before tackling revisions. During my “down [...]

Meet the Character: Ben from No Place to Hide

Meet the Character: Ben from No Place to Hide I can’t believe it’s been three months since I released my debut novel No Place to Hide. I also can’t believe I had started writing this story all the way back in the summer of 2017. It’s been a wild ride but I’m glad [...]

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Scrapped Writing

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Scrapped Writing This one goes out to all my writer friends out there who have “killed their darlings.” As a writer, there’s so much we produce that never sees the light of day. Characters, scenes, story lines, whole stories, heart-wrenching dialogue. All of them were dreamed of, plotted [...]

Stop Discouraging Students from Pursuing a Writing Career

Stop Discouraging Students from Pursuing a Writing Career I might be a little fired up about this topic, but it’s near and dear to my heart. And it’s also something I’m a bit frustrated about. I’ve personally been through this and, as I coach other people about writing professionally, I’ve heard similar stories [...]

Book Review: Dangerous Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Book Review: Dangerous Exes by Rachel Van Dyken Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock again. You’d think with my love for rom-coms that I would have read Rachel Van Dyken books by now, but sadly, I had not. After seeing her on a panel at the RWA conference in New York this [...]

The Main Themes of My Stories

The Main Themes of My Stories As I’ve built my writing skills and have written more stories over the years, I realized the importance of establishing my writer brand. It’s not just about how you present yourself online but what your stories are recognized for. Many writers have several pen names for different [...]

Book Review: The Clause in Christmas

Book Review: The Clause in Christmas It’s almost the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (Christmas, duh)! I’m a sucker for Christmas. I love the twinkling lights, the smell of fresh pine, wrapping presents, the cheery music, and all the dessert goodness. And, of course, I love binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies every weekend. [...]

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