How I Took the Plunge to Become a Full-Time Author

How I Took the Plunge to Become a Full-Time Author

I’m now officially a full-time author! Last week I left my job at BookBub, where I’ve worked for 7 years to become a full-time author. I’m thrilled to take this step in my career, but it’s bittersweet. I’ve loved my time at BookBub! Leaving a stable, salaried position...
Pitch Wars 2021 Wishlist

Pitch Wars 2021 Wishlist

Hi Pitch Wars hopefuls! I got my first agent basically a century ago (okay, it was 2014) thanks to #PitMad, and now, after admiring the Pitch Wars mentorship program from afar for so long, I’m thrilled to join this supportive community as a mentor and help a fellow...
The First Two Chapters of All Your Twisted Secrets

The First Two Chapters of All Your Twisted Secrets

All Your Twisted Secrets is a locked-room thriller R.L. Stine called “a frightening page-turner” that’s a cross between The Breakfast Club and an Agatha Christie mystery. Six teens are locked in a room with a syringe of poison, a bomb, and a note saying they...
What It’s REALLY Like to Go on Submission to Publishers

What It’s REALLY Like to Go on Submission to Publishers

A note to fellow authors: Friends, thanks for visiting my blog. Before you read this post, please note that I wrote it pre-pandemic. Times have changed and submission wait times are generally longer than ever. Being on sub has always been a tricky beast that looks...
How I Decluttered Social Media to Cut Stress (and Spark Joy!)

How I Decluttered Social Media to Cut Stress (and Spark Joy!)

Over the past few years, social media has ruined my life. Okay, that’s probably an overstatement. But social media has given me tons of anxiety, at times even triggering bouts of depression. And I can’t stand to think of how many hours I’ve spent scrolling, scrolling,...
What it Was Like to Take a Sabbatical to Write Full-Time

What it Was Like to Take a Sabbatical to Write Full-Time

From January – March 2019, I took a three-month leave of absence from my day job to write full-time. I’m so grateful to my employer BookBub for giving me this opportunity. And while the experience is fresh in my mind, I’d like to do a little project post-mortem...
Title Reveal for My Debut YA Thriller

Title Reveal for My Debut YA Thriller

I’m thrilled to reveal the final title for my debut YA thriller: ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS. Ahhhh! I’m so excited! ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS is being published by HarperTeen in Winter 2020. As you might know, I announced my book deal with the title THE LAST HOUR, but...