Friday, December 14, 2012

The Liebster Award

Thank you to Katie L. Carrol at the Observation Desk for passing on the Liebster Award to me.

What is the Liebaster Award you ask? Well, it's an award given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Think of it as a virtal pat on the back. A bit of recognition for doing a good job and encouragement to keep going. And let's not forget the bloggers that have been blogging for awhile and have great blogs.

Now for the questions.

1. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would purchase?

A bigger house so that I can have an office just for writing in.

2. Is there something unique about you that you'd like to share with the readers?

I can't think of anything unique about myself to share right now.

3. Where is your dream place to live and why?

My dream place to live would be a cabin in the woods. It's quiet. I can picture myself sitting on the porch writing and observing the beauty and spookiness of the woods.

4. What do you find is the most difficult part of the writing process?

Knowing when to stop revising and let my baby go.

5. Tell us something about yourself that we don't know?

I used to be a very shy person, but not so much anymore. But don't ask me to get up and talk in front of a crowd.

6. Do you have any pet peeves?

People who are fake. Say one thing and do another.

7.  Do you have any special habits you do when you write?

No. Not really.

8. Did you ever write your friends or family members in your books?


9. What is your favorite drink?

Iced tea.

10. Who gives you the best encouragement to write?

My husband. He would like to see me make enough money off my writing so that he can quit his job.

11. Do you have a critique group or special author group?

Yes. I've been involve with two online groups for years, and without their help and encouragement I wouldn't be a published author.

Katie has asked me instead of listing 11 random things about me to list 11 favorite books. Well there is the Harry Potter series that's 7 books and then there is the Twilight series which is 4 books. Wow that was quick and easy. I also like books from Nora Roberts, Heather Graham, James Patterson, R. L. Stine. P. C. Cast, Alyson Noel, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Rachel Caine, L. J. Smith and many others.

Now I would like to pass this award on to two of my writer friends.
Mary Ann who is a great writer and crit partner. Her blog is
K. C. Sprayberry great crit partner and author of Sofetly Say Goodbye. Her blog is

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Next Big Thing Blog

Hi and welcome to my blog.

I've accepted the challenge from women's fiction writer Addison James to complete the Next Big Thing. (You can check out her blog at

What is the working title of your book?

Family Secret

Where did the idea come from for the book?
 It originally started from a writing exercise I did a few years ago, where I looked at a picture and started writing what I saw. Later I looked at that writing exercise and started asking what if questions. Soon it developed into a short story. Then years later I pulled it out of my file and started revising it and Family Secret started growing and developing into a novel.

What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A younger version of Tom Welling from Smallville. The moment I started writing this story that is who I pictured Tom, my main character from Family Secret to be like.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 After the death of his mother, Tom discovers family secrets that his parents kept from him that put him in danger.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 I’m hoping Muse It Up Publishing will published it just like they did Ghostly Clues
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 I don’t know how long it took to write the first draft. Family Secret has been through many years of revisions and now I’m almost done with it.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 I’m not sure. Growing up my sons have liked R. L. Stine books so I’d say a book along those lines.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’d have to say my sons have especially my youngest who has a wild imagination.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
What boy doesn’t like adventure and mystery. Ghosts, witches, demons and just the pure mystery of discovering your parents secrets before it kills you.
Stay tuned. I have a lot more works in progress that I will be sharing later on.
This writer and friend has accepted the Next Big Thing blog challenge
K. C. Sprayberry author of Softly Say Goodbye. Check out her blog and see what her next big thing is.