After my mad sprint to complete Secret Gifts, you may have noticed that I haven't been posting very much about my writing. That's because I've decided I need to go back to basics and strengthen my plotting skills. NaNoWriMo was such a good reminder that I can write quickly when I don't resent the characters… Continue reading Continuing Education
This is what the graph of a procrastinator looks like. Use this as a cautionary tale and don't do NaNoWriMo like this, kids. Trust me. By the end my wrist hurt and my brain was absolute mush. On the last day of November, I wrote for nearly fourteen hours straight and produced 14,921 words. In… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Recap
Check out my interview with Katie Li, author of Somewhere in Between. Where we discuss the challenges of writing a second book, making a good bad guy, and sharing personal opinions as an author. Writers On Writing: Interview with Satin Russell (Part 2!) http://bit.ly/2eTnUv7 Also, be sure to sign up to her awesome bi-weekly e-zine… Continue reading Writers on Writing (Part 2)
Hope everybody has a safe and happy Halloween! I did something very scary today. I sent my Secret Need beta draft off to the beta readers. I always get super nervous when I share my writing project for the first time. It's easy to obsess endlessly over every single word, turn of phrase, and scene. However,… Continue reading Happy Halloween!
I've spent these last few months pushing hard to finish Secret Need, the second of the Harper Sisters Trilogy. I'll admit, writing this second book has been a real struggle. It's taken me twice as long to write and caused me four times as much mental anguish. This is partly because I feel like I've… Continue reading Revision Trenches
Ahhh, Autumn! Don't you just love the fall season? The air is crisp, the leaves begin to change, apples and pumpkins abound...and you're reminded that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. What's that? You don't know what NaNoWriMo is? NaNoWriMo (or NaNo, for short) is an acronym that stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's an international event where thousands… Continue reading Why NaNo?
It's been just shy of a year since I've written a blog post and a lot has happened in that time. Honestly, it's probably too much to re-cap fully. Instead, I'd like to talk about one of the reasons I stopped posting as much. After publishing my first book back in April 2015, I was on… Continue reading Sophomore Slump
Aaahhh! Can you believe it? Secret Hunger went live late yesterday afternoon and is now available for sale on Amazon. Which means I'm officially a published author! Holy cow, that's cool. I feel like shouting it from the rooftops. In a way, it's hard for me to believe the culmination of this two year journey… Continue reading Secret Hunger is Now Available!
Just a quick post today. I recorded the drawing for my digital ARC contest. Take a look! Hopefully it's not too cheesy...this was my first time ever recording myself and I was a little nervous. https://youtu.be/JphwcFiy6Kg
Brutal honesty. Now, there is a phrase that I’m sure we’re all familiar with. It’s the idea that one has to be ruthless when telling someone the truth as they see it. It’s not a practice that I agree with. In fact, I think it’s detrimental to the way our society communicates as a whole.… Continue reading Taking the “Brutal” Out of Honesty