work-life balance

Finding Work-Life Balance as a Full-Time Author

As I sit here writing about how to be a full-time author AND take weekends and evenings off, creating that perfect work-life balance, there is some real irony in the fact that it is currently Saturday afternoon. But to my defense, it is just a few days before I release a new book.  While September… Read more »

tackle writing fears

12 Spooky Articles to Tackle Writing Fears

October is a scary month. Not only do we have Halloween, but we’re also all realizing that the end of the year is coming up fast, and that’s frightening in itself. But as writers, we have a whole other set of fears. From battling imposter syndrome to self-publishing, there are a lot of difficult aspects… Read more »

historical mystery

#5onFri: Five Tips for Writing a Historical Mystery

I love a good mystery! And I especially love a good historical mystery.  Who killed the Princes in the Tower? (Hint: It was not Richard III.)  Did Princess Anastasia survive the murder of her family?  Was Elizabeth I really a virgin Queen, or did she allow herself to be seduced by the dashing Robert Dudley?… Read more »


Hacks to Combat Writer’s Block and Develop Discipline

Nothing excites me more than a new writing project. It’s one of the reasons why I’m in this wonderful profession of stringing beautiful words together to form an idea or a tale. It always starts with my heart jumping, adrenaline pumping, soul soaring high and then just like that, I have amazing prose and a… Read more »

writing a novel

#5onFri: Five Things I Wish I’d Known about Writing a Novel

Too many novels go unfinished. Writers give up in frustration because they run out of ideas, they get stuck, or they become overwhelmed by self-doubt. This often happens because writers have unrealistic expectations about the novel-writing process.  Through my own struggles with writing a novel, as well as my work with other writers, I’ve seen… Read more »

immigrant experience

Writing about the Immigrant Experience

Immigration is an emotional topic that can turn the friendliest of conversations into a fierce debate. People have wide-ranging views that have been shaped by their own experiences, the opinions of friends, and the news programs they watch. Writing about the immigrant experience requires a lot of nuance and attention to detail. Seven years ago,… Read more »

writing fiction

#5onFri: Five Tips for Writing Fiction

As an author of three published novels and over thirty short stories, several of them award-winners, I have acquired a sense of how to approach a writing project and finish it. I taught myself about writing fiction by learning from mistakes and the way I erred in my early years as a writer. I’m still… Read more »


The Importance of Friendships in YA

Growing up, I was a shy kid who switched schools every year. Books became a safe haven for me. A place I could escape, where who I was and what I wanted most could be lived out through hopping into the lives of characters. It was a place where people like me could form friendships… Read more »