Speculative Fiction, Justified

I write romantic speculative fiction. It’s passionate. It’s fantastic. It’s out of this world! My work isn’t Christian. I am a Christian writing through the prism of my faith. Some Christians will not like my work. It isn’t safe. Not in an Amish romance kind of way. My stories take place in imagined, futuristic, or dystopian…

How to Parent a Manuscript

My manuscript is completely obnoxious. I can’t do anything without it seeking my attention. It’s like a toddler out of control in the grocery store. I pick it up and speak firmly, but mostly I’m ignoring that it continues to seek my attention with temper tantrums. What I want is to be a world changer. I want…


Can I say something unpopular? And, I mean it. I’m not going to soften the blow with statements like: Some of you are going to be published sooner than you think. We’re all ridiculous. We have this hope, this idea that somehow the planets will align and our books will be published before the rapture….

Living Sacrifice

Giving our thoughts to God. Every moment. While doing the dishes, laundry, sipping coffee. Thinking on righteousness. Rejecting the inferior thoughts that wander dangerous paths. Giving our words to God. Using our voice to proclaim his goodness, or to encourage others. The fruit of our lips. The creative power we’ve been given used for building…

Writer Problems? Not So Much.

When I connect with my most important critic, I gather details into my story I never could had I not offered them up in prayer.

The Formula For Success

The bottom line: If your manuscript is well written and unique, and you connect with the right people at the right time, you are bound to publish your work. That’s encouraging!

They’re Gonna’ Ask!

Guard with diligence the words that come out of your mouth. What we say is what we believe. If we don’t believe in our stories, NO ONE WILL!

The Weight of the Wait

My husband once asked me, while I was in the melancholy state of overthinking and playing out the huge possibility of failure, “What will having a published novel change?”

Author Apathy

Regardless of the excuse you may have for neglecting your work, it isn’t okay. Every day that goes by without progress is another day that delays the finished product. We’ve got to chip away at that mountain in order to find the gold hidden in its veins.

Notification Schmotification

Writing, the actual work of writing, is the only thing that will satisfy that gnawing need for accomplishment.

Climbing Publication’s Everest

The traditional publishing route is not for those who shrivel up with each rejection. Not for those who can’t bear the burden. It’s not for everyone.

Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Seventeen

  How to pluck my eyebrows My body will never look as good as it does now Adults aren’t dumb Boyfriends are forever, whether we like it or not Dating can wait Life doesn’t happen naturally Ambition is important It’s probably not love if he doesn’t have ambition Honest answers are important If you don’t follow…