I have a secret to admit: I haven’t written more than 15,000 words of fiction since I wrote Somewhere Only We Know. I wrote SOWK over a period of three months, but in the three years since I’ve only managed to write the equivalent of a quarter of that book. I’ve been struggling a lot … Continue reading Showing Up to the Page
Books can be friends and reminders. We turn to books to learn and sometimes to escape. Books can hold special memories and can be comfort to turn back to. If you’re like me, these are your favorite books—the rereads you keep coming back to for different reasons. Today I wanted to share with you some … Continue reading A Book I Turn to When…
I need sunshine. I love the warmth of summer and always feel more productive with the bright and long days. I especially love having a bunch of time to read in the summer. So since it’s finally starting to feel like summer here in Ohio, I thought I’d share what’s on my summer to-be-read (TBR) … Continue reading My 2018 Summer TBR
In my behind the scenes post on Somewhere Only We Know’s setting, I wrote about how the clearing in the forest’s inspiration came from a classroom rather than nature. Even so, nature has a huge role in my book. Like Frankie, I feel closer to God in nature, and so when I was trying to … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Trees
My publisher updated Somewhere Only We Know’s ebook cover, and I wanted to share it here with you. I love the book’s original cover, but this new one is so beautiful! I love how the fog in the picture covers the forest and gives you an eerie feeling. I also love how they used the … Continue reading Somewhere Only We Know’s New Cover!
Tomorrow is Somewhere Only We Know’s first birthday! I can’t believe that my book has already been out in the world for a whole year. I’m so proud of my debut novel and I love how it turned out. My family and friends helped me celebrate my book’s birthday last November with an incredible launch … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Somewhere Only We Know!
There’s only a few months and a few Favorite Book Features left for the year. October’s featured book is one that was a great source of inspiration for my novel Somewhere Only We Know: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Although most book lovers find it impossible to choose just one favorite book, if I had … Continue reading Favorite Book Feature: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I recently got the chance to do an awesome interview with my publisher, GenZ Publishing, and they just put it up on their website. If you'd like to get another behind the scenes look at my debut novel, check it out! I talk about everything from my writing process and my favorite authors to Somewhere … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: My Interview with GenZ Publishing
Here are some fun facts about the making of my debut novel, Somewhere Only We Know: I usually refer to my books by their acronyms, both when taking notes and when talking about them with my husband. Somewhere Only We Know—which was a long title to begin with—became SOWK, which I pronounce “soak.” The book … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Fun Facts
Today is my blog’s first anniversary! On May 31st of last year, I published my first post about reading the Selection series and how meeting Kiera Cass helped me to finally write and publish my first novel. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like blogging. Writers learn to write in other’s voices. We … Continue reading My Blog Turns 1!