Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Capitalization

When I started writing Somewhere Only We Know, without making the conscious decision to do it, I made all of the first-person narrator’s pronouns lowercase (i, me, my). Frankie, the narrator, is a very young girl and has already been abused for several months when the book begins. Because of her youth and the fact … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Capitalization

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Susan’s Scene

Want some more Somewhere Only We Know? Here's an extra scene from the novel, told from Susan's point of view. I hope you enjoy it! SPOILER ALERT: This scene takes place near the halfway point of the book and contains a major spoiler if you haven't read the book yet. I bought the test yesterday. So … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Susan’s Scene

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Title

There were two sources of inspiration that floated around in my head for a long time before I got around to writing Somewhere Only We Know. The first was the nightmare I wrote about here that gave me the initial conflict of the novel. The second was the song “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. I … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Title

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Cover

I’m pretty picky about book covers. And even though the phrase is “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I know I’m not the only person who does judge books based on their covers. The cover of a book is your first impression of it. The cover gives you an idea of what’s inside. It … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Cover

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Setting

The setting of a story is so much more than just where the story takes place. If done well, setting can help create the mood and tone of the story and can even act as a character itself. Setting is not just the physical space in which the story takes place, but the time period … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Setting

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Inspiration

Most of my story ideas come from getting a line in my head or coming up with a general concept. Then, once I figure out my character’s name and find the story’s title, I am able to build a story around that line or general concept. I’m not sure why I always need the names … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Inspiration

Somewhere Only We Know Launch Party

I debated for a long time what I should do to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Somewhere Only We Know. I'm so introverted and have so much trouble speaking in front of people that I knew doing an event in a bookstore would not be ideal for my very first book-signing experience. I decided … Continue reading Somewhere Only We Know Launch Party

Somewhere Only We Know Book Birthday!

It's here! Somewhere Only We Know has finally been released. I can't believe I now get to say that I am a published author. It has been a long journey to get where I am today and I have been grateful for every step of that journey. Both the print and the e-book versions turned … Continue reading Somewhere Only We Know Book Birthday!