Mystery Project Title and Cover Reveal!      

Mystery Project Title and Cover Reveal!      

I’m so excited to finally bring you the title, cover, and synopsis reveal for that Mystery Project I’ve been nattering on about for the past few weeks! (Seriously—I’m electric with excitement. Nervous, but in a good way. I think I understand that whole “my book is my baby” thing that other authors always talk about. I never felt that way with my other books. Not once. I only felt tongue-numbing fear!) I’m currently on vacation out in Seattle, visiting my boyfriend’s family—so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. During the next few weeks I’ll be talking more about my inspiration for this book/series. Since the front cover is finalized (work on the spine and back cover is ongoing), I can also confirm that the ebook release date will be:   October 28th,...

Sooooo Sewing

Sooooo Sewing

(Get it? Because so many sewing blogs and shops and accessory supply companies call themselves Sew Creative! or Sew Beautiful! or Sew… never mind. I’ll be over here. In the corner. Wondering why nobody else understands my comedy genius.) So, I mentioned before how I’ve been doing a lot of sewing and crafting during my writing hiatus. I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager—or rather, continuously teaching myself how to sew. I’m far from adept, and I learn something new each time I put scissors to cloth. Still, it’s a very rewarding hobby, and I’m getting to the point where a larger and larger percentage of my casual, everyday wardrobe is handmade. Although crafting definitely serves as yet another outlet for my creativity, it also acts as a cheap form...

Mystery Project Post #2 — The Contemporary Soundtrack

And here we go–the contemporary, chapter-by-chapter soundtrack from the Mystery Project! I have to admit, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to play around with a 50s-themed universe is the music. I was raised on this music. With few exceptions, I didn’t hear any modern music until I was a tween or early teenager. It was just an accident of birth. It was what my parents listened to. When I got to college, I was appalled that none of the other students knew who Gene Pitney was (he’s my favorite singer ever, and one of the greatest songwriters of all time). Or Roy Orbison. Or Brenda Lee. I mean, I was immersed in this stuff. These songs are my world. Although the first story in the Mystery Project series takes place between 1958 and ’59, I...

Mystery Project Post #1 — The Modern Soundtrack

Okay, so… that post before? Where I was like, “Sci-fi, coming at you!” I kinda lied. But only because I was mixed-up and shy. I actually have an entire book… finished. Except for the fact that I’m currently tearing the last three chapters apart. It’s the first in a young adult trilogy, and it’s done. The second two books are plotted. The characters are fresh. Thing is, it’s very different from the Dearly series. Oh, it’s still My Thing, through and through. Huge fanged beasts, intelligent insects, pretty dresses. But it’s also softer. Sweeter. It doesn’t have as high a body count. And it’s sort of a pet project, more than anything. It is literally a world I invented to escape into while I was...

Fanciness – And a New Direction

Fanciness – And a New Direction

Aaand here’s that third post I mentioned a few days ago–complete with pretty clothes! One of the ways in which I feel I failed (hmm, let’s not say “failed”–let’s say “dropped the ball”) during that whole “aaah I am a writer now what do I doooo” fiasco that emotionally battered me months ago is blogging. Simply put, after stumbling into publishing, I did not blog enough. And a lot of that had to do with the fact that I felt I had little to share. Truth is, I didn’t. My life wasn’t that great, and I didn’t have a lot going on for me. Well, there was the whole “hey, we’ll publish your books” thing, but that was too scary to share. I didn’t participate in a lot...

You Say TMI, I Say “Don’t Mind If I Do”

So. Now that we’ve covered the basics, we can get into the juicy stuff. When it comes to talking about my less than stellar mental health, I find I’m often surprisingly glib. This means that more than once I’ve had people tell me, “You’re so brave for sharing your experiences.” Honestly? I don’t think I am. I think maybe I’m dumb. Over and over again, people have told me (and stories and data have shown me) that the mentally ill still face an enormous stigma. They lose jobs. They lose friends. They face disappointment and loss. So I know, logically, that my best bet is to stay quiet. But whenever I’m given the opportunity to talk about my struggles with depression and anxiety, I find myself taking it. Because my issues are part of who I am. Sharing them feels as...

Oh, Hi. You’re Still Here? Sweet.

Hi, everyone! Please imagine me saying that with both enthusiasm and a bit of sheepishness. I’ve been out of the loop for the last… oh… year or so. And I’m sorry about that. I’m especially sorry about it because so many of you have reached out to me during that time. As always, I am incredibly humbled by the love and support I’ve received from my readers—you guys are amazing. If I haven’t yet responded to your email or Facebook post or Tweet, please rest assured that I will do so. That’s always been my practice, and it’s only during the last few months that I’ve let it slide. (For legitimate reasons—more on that later.) This post is going to be brief, but also full of fun stuff. The reasons for my absence are… a bit like a knotty ball of yarn, honestly. Some are...