Tag Archive: writing

January Review Drive

Reviews are huge for an author. They provide encouragement on those days when you wonder if all the time you put into writing is really worth it. They nudge new readers to give… Continue reading

Tolkien Was a Genius

I recently finished Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire, by Marcus Rautman. While reading about military life, I came across this passage: Leo the Mathematician, a leading court scholar and inventor of the… Continue reading

The 2015 Whitney Awards

Last weekend I attended the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference. I’ve attended five of them over the past six years. Last year I had a small baby, so I didn’t go, and I was… Continue reading

Book Release: The Spider and the Sparrow

My fifth novel is now available in paperback, ebook, and audio book formats. It’s in stock at most LDS book stores and online at Amazon, Seagull Book, and Deseret Book. (Some of the… Continue reading

Why I Believe in Happy Endings

There’s a widespread belief that any book ending in “happily ever after” can’t be a serious novel. I’m not sure where the idea started, but based on articles I’ve read and conversations I’ve… Continue reading

The Good Word Podcast

This past spring I was interviewed on the Good Word Podcast. The host, Nick Galieti, interviewed as many of the Whitney finalists as he could during April and May, and since then he’s… Continue reading

An Update on My Next Novel

As promised, here’s an update on my next book! On Tuesday I sent my fifth novel to my publisher. I don’t have a release date or a title yet, but I’m excited that… Continue reading

March Book Madness: 7 Editing Strategies

Today I’m over at Rebecca Belliston’s blog as part of her annual March Book Madness. Click on the picture or link below to read some tips on refining your manuscript. Every year Rebecca gets… Continue reading

The Rules in Rome Blog Tour Wrap-up

Today ends the blog tour for The Rules in Rome. I’m so grateful to Stephanie at Covenant for setting everything up (I have a new baby, so it was a huge relief to… Continue reading

Book Release: The Rules in Rome

The Rules in Rome: Don’t blow your cover. Don’t get caught by the Gestapo. Don’t fall in love with your partner. My newest book is now available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook. You… Continue reading

Kanab Writers Conference

This past weekend I taught at the Kanab Writers Conference. Rather than making the nice people who attended my class write everything down, I told them I’d post this to my website (I… Continue reading

Current Projects

I thought I’d write a quick post with a few updates. My next book, The Rules in Rome, is tentatively scheduled for a February 2015 release . . . which means it’s coming out… Continue reading

Author Interview with Cami Checketts

This week I’m participating in a blog tour for Cami Checkett’s latest release, Shadows in the Curtain. Cami is a prolific author (I believe this is her tenth novel) specializing in romantic thrillers. She has a degree in… Continue reading

Why Repetition Can Make Your Book Better

Today I’m posting over at author Rebecca Belliston’s blog as part of her annual March Book Madness series. I’ve written about circularity and repetition in books and movies, and included a small sneak peak of… Continue reading

Advice for Aspiring Writers

I’ve had a few requests for a post like this, so here it is! I don’t consider myself an expert on writing—I’ve only written 3 ½ books, after all—but I hope these tips… Continue reading

4th Annual LDS Writer Blogfest

On Perfection and Motherhood I have three-year-old twins. They’re adorable, but they’re also sometimes about as much as I can handle. Motherhood isn’t an easy job, especially when you love your children and… Continue reading

Storymakers Wrap-up

I had a fun weekend hanging out with some of my writing friends and meeting new people at the tenth annual LDStorymakers Writer’s Conference in Provo, Utah. The highlight of the weekend was listening… Continue reading

March Madness: Creating Flawed (but likeable) Characters

No, I’m not writing about basketball (sorry). I’m writing about writing, over at a friend’s blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit her site. All month she’s been having other writers… Continue reading