Why 2016 is going to be amazing

For me, I feel like my year didn't start until June so I only have half year of 2015 to think about. This was a fantastic year and I learned so much about myself as a person and a writer so it's a bit sad that it's ending. That doesn't mean I'm not excited for the new year and the adventures it'll bring.

What I did different to be a better writer

Dear Reader, I can't tell you how excited I am about this short story I'm writing! So much so that instead of writing an update post about Jennie Manning, I decided to write this instead. At the moment, I'm in the teacher's lounge where I usually am hours before my classes start. Usually, I am … Continue reading What I did different to be a better writer

The best night of literature and words

    Dear Reader, I am exhausted and with good reason. On Wednesday night, I was part of an amazing livestreamed reading. Culture, Love, and  Identity: An Afro-Latina Reading.  It was amazing and just knocked my socks off. You know when you work on something for so long and you don't know how it's going … Continue reading The best night of literature and words

When writing the truth is a good thing

Dear Reader, The rain in Houston today was a chance to do something I hadn't done in a long time, write something different. I'm in the middle of a revamp for Jennie Manning. Lots of good stuff there and lots coming from workshopping. But today, I wanted to revisit something I began to write a … Continue reading When writing the truth is a good thing

Feminist Noir: Does it exist?

Photo Credit: lintmachine via Compfight cc One of the difficulties with writing the mystery novel you've always wanted to write, which happens to be in the noir-ish vain, is being a feminist. Yes, I said the f-word. And yes, I know about the I'm not a feminist because movement. (Eyeroll. Don't get me started.) Here's … Continue reading Feminist Noir: Does it exist?

A tale of three book covers. Which to pick?

I'm packing so many boxes that I am so glad to sit down and write this blog post.  Well, sorta. While I'm packing and getting ready to move to Texas (and working to have this website essentially function with little supervision)  I also know that I am going to return to a lot of work. … Continue reading A tale of three book covers. Which to pick?

Interviewing characters. Who is Jennie Manning?

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a 28 day blogging challenge from Imperfectblogging.com. The goal is to develop your blogging voice. To learn more, click here.  If you've been getting the emails about my mystery series, the Jennie Manning Mysteries, you probably know that I've had one character stay with me since age 13. Please, … Continue reading Interviewing characters. Who is Jennie Manning?

Why you should never write your own mystery series

I'm going to do you a favor. I'm going to tell you, right now, to not do the thing you want to do. I know that you've always dreamed of doing this but really...just don't. Don't write a mystery series. Having said that and being so very bad at selling it, I am going to … Continue reading Why you should never write your own mystery series

What I’ve learned about writing mysteries so far

I don't remember the last time I've had so much fun and this amount of overwhelming work at the same time. Making the decision to follow your childhood dream is one thing, actually doing it on the other hand...well...the devil's the details. I am writing a mystery series this year. More accurately, I'm self-publishing a … Continue reading What I’ve learned about writing mysteries so far

Getting back in the character saddle. A tale of growing up

I guess this excited feeling all started in middle school, truth be told. For a science fair demonstration, I had to think of a cool non-experiment thing to do. Being artsy even then, I created a character that lived on Mars. I had to talk about how this Martian teenager lived using scientific research.  I … Continue reading Getting back in the character saddle. A tale of growing up