I Hate Cloth Diapers

There, I said it. I. Hate. Cloth. Diapers. Once upon a time, I loved cloth diapers. I adored them. I thought they were the best things ever. I...was kind of lame. Lamer than I am now, at any rate. The long and the short of it was this: When Oldest Boy was born in February of 2010, right away he got a horrible, horrible diaper rash. It was so bad, and no matter how much diaper cream I slathered on, no matter which brand of ... Read more

What I’m Reading, January 2015 edition

One of my goals for 2015 is to read more, so I thought I would share what I've been reading this year thus far. It's been an eclectic mix but a fun one nonetheless:)   1. Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After, by Cherie Lowe. One thing that has been bothering me lately is how wasteful we are in this house with money. Now, recently there have been some extenuating circumstances--the boys and ... Read more

Update on Anabel 3, and some reflections on Anabel Divided

Writing this third and final book in Anabel's saga has turned into a total adventure. I had no idea that the following things would be happening: -Alexis returns -Crystal's character takes on a whole new dimension -Meghan and Anabel totally convinced me that they deserve their own crime fighting business (but it doesn't happen) -Sam's background becomes more prominent And...right now I will say SPOILER ALERT. If you have NOT read Anabel Divided, then do not continue reading. Let's talk about Anabel and Matt getting married. First off, ... Read more

Happy New Year!

I do not understand how it is 2015. I'm just going to get that out of the way right now. And this is going to be a HUGE year for me--my husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary, our oldest child is turning five, and if all goes to plan, Anabel 3 should be out by the end of the year. But you know. With a new year comes new goals and resolutions, and I am going to try ... Read more

Childhood Influences

When I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to write, and so by the time I was five I was writing sentences. By the time I was seven, I was writing very bad plays, the plots of which were based on Ducktales episodes. At ten I tried my hand at musicals (as it turned out, that one didn’t work out so well—it’s hard to write a musical when you are tone deaf). But it wasn't until I was thirteen and ... Read more

Writing a Book with Character

So, you’ve written a book. It has a brilliant, moving plot, full of twists and turns, and a spectacular cliffhanger ending that nobody saw coming. But in spite of your amazing storyline, you get rejected by literary agents and publishers over and over again, with no idea why. If that is the case—and I’ve heard it true of many a story—you may want to take a good, hard look at your characters. Because honestly, unless you create a character that your ... Read more