Ryan Gosling for Christmas?

In my new whimsical holiday romance novel, Santa Bring Me a Ryan, Jules Carmichael asks Santa to bring her a Ryan for Christmas, as in Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds. She’s single and has been unlucky in love, especially during the holidays. Jules realizes that Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds are a little bit busy.Continue reading “Ryan Gosling for Christmas?”

How to Spend Less Time Writing a Blog

I recently heard that, ideally, writers should spend no more than 20 minutes per day blogging, and the same goes for social media. Yeah, I was surprised to hear that, too. Let’s just say, I spend way, way too much time doing both. It’s not good when the majority of my writing time is spentContinue reading “How to Spend Less Time Writing a Blog”

Who Are Your Author Peers?

I first learned about this concept–“author peers” or “peer authors”–about two years ago. It’s been a game-changer for me, and certainly an ongoing educational process. But this whole writing thing kinda is anyway, isn’t it? First, let me explain what I mean by author peers. If you were published, author peers would be writers whoseContinue reading “Who Are Your Author Peers?”

How I Read Books as an Aspiring Author

I don’t know when I turned a corner and started reading books with my “writer hat” on. You know what I mean: The moment you change from a passive reader to an active one. When you’re no longer escaping when you pick up a book, you’re analyzing. Instead of holding a cup of tea (orContinue reading “How I Read Books as an Aspiring Author”

Why Aspiring Authors Should Start a Blog

A couple of years ago, I attended the amazingly awesome and motivating LaJolla Writer’s Conference.¬†They provided tips of what to do as an aspiring author, like starting a blog. It’s taken me a while to put that into action, but I see why you should start blogging before being published. It gets you writing I’veContinue reading “Why Aspiring Authors Should Start a Blog”