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It's hard to believe Shoes on the Stairs has been out for over six months! I have to admit, I think I am just now starting to breathe again. The most difficult task of a writer (at least this writer) is letting go of their debut novel for all the world to see. Reviews can be harsh, even downright cruel and crushing, so I waited, expecting the worst but hoping for the best. Well, I can safely say, Shoes on the Stairs has been well received and loved, allowing me to move forward in my writing journey.

In the fall of 2018, I started an MFA program in Creative Writing at UCR Palm Desert. I have to say, it's the first time I've enjoyed school and the first time I will be sad when it comes to an end this December. Within the program, I have gained a great deal of confidence in my writing. While I sometimes question if I am worthy to study among such a talented group of writers, I know the challenge to feel worthy ignites my passion to put out my very best work.

So what am I writing now? I love women's fiction, but I also love a good thriller, so the novel I am working on now is a thriller with a woman protagonist. It has taken a few turns since I started writing it, so to tell you what it's about right now might be a little premature. But think of Indecent Proposal meets Sleeping with the Enemy meets Fatal Attraction--does that make sense? My goal is to have the first draft done by June and ready to pitch by September.

I'm also considering writing a middle-grade series that deals with learning, emotional, or physical challenges that are relevant to kids today. It's hard to be a kid these days, especially if they struggle with some type of challenge that makes them feel they don't belong. But, each child is born with a superpower, and when they realize what it is, it can be the one thing that saves the day.

If you'd like updates on my novel in progress, subscribe to my website and I'll keep you in the loop. I can guarantee, my thriller, currently titled WHEN MONSTERS PLAY WITH FIRE, will not disappoint! It will keep you turning the pages, it will punch you in the stomach (more than once), and it will certainly leave you with a book hangover.

If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to contact me by email or leave a comment on this page. I love hearing from those who love books (especially mine!).

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

This is the month! When I signed with Acorn in the fall, July seemed so far away. What could possibly take so long to get my book out to the masses? The process appeared rather simple at first glance, but I quickly learned there is more to publishing a book (at least a quality book) than doing some edits and pressing the "publish" button.

Two rounds of content editing, at least five rounds of copy editing, the disappointment in the first cover designer (which I finally let go) and the back and forth of the second designer and the publisher until we all finally "agreed" on the cover, the mishaps of imputing incorrect information that led to the pulling of hair, headaches and the wonderment of how I have survived in this world for as long as I have, and the tangle of "do this before this, but not after this" web that I think I'm still stuck in.

But here's the thing; I'm grateful for the process and I am excited to share my story to as many who want to read it. Shoes on the Stairs originated from my own parental frustrations and in a way, this novel is a new birth, a new child that has no doubt frustrated me, but has also brought me joy in a way only a child can. Birthing is hard, but when that baby comes into the world and looks into your eyes, everything you've endured to get to that point is worth it.



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