The Writer's Life

Beta Readers are Essential

When you look up the definition of beta readers online, you get a plethora of information, such as this one from Oxford Languages: “a person who reads a work of fiction before it is published in order to mark errors and suggest improvements, typically without receiving payment.” Or this one from Wikipedia: “A beta reader… Continue reading Beta Readers are Essential

The Writer's Life

The Road to Publication… So Far!

As I reflect on 2022, I’m also reflecting on the last 13 years I have committed to the writing journey.  I took writing seriously in 2009 and hashed out my second novel (first on the road to publication) during a NaNoWriMo challenge that year. Shortly after, I started a blog which later became this website.… Continue reading The Road to Publication… So Far!

The Writer's Life

In the Throws of Edits

Every novelist will tell you that writing a book is the easy part. Editing it is the pits. When an author takes their own imagination and free writes their book without a scripted outline or any idea of where they are going, the story flows like jagged rocks tumbling down a mountainside and crashing into… Continue reading In the Throws of Edits

Year In Reading (Book Reviews)

Stephen King’s Under the Dome

Chester’s Mill, a small town in Maine, is suddenly cut off from the outside world by an invisible barrier.  It is a barrier that will crash planes, cut a woodchuck in half and explode pacemakers.  To complicate the situation, a murderer is on the loose, and the townsfolk are running scared. Rusty Everette is a… Continue reading Stephen King’s Under the Dome

Year In Reading (Book Reviews)

Heartsinger

Heartsinger is about a man who was raised by deaf parents. His father had died while he was a young boy. Mee was in constant search to replace the radiant smile on his mother’s face that only his father could give, and was deeply disappointed when he could not succeed. In his distress, he became the singer of sorrows to travel the land and sing at funerals.

Year In Reading (Book Reviews)

Lisey’s Story

Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story is about a widow whose celebratory husband passed away; leaving behind a studio full of papers, unpublished manuscripts, and clues leading her to his past. As Lisey Landon struggles to remember Scott’s troubling childhood, she is left to deal with the remnants of his psycho fans...

Year In Reading (Book Reviews)

The Things We Do For Love

I think I found my new favorite author. Kristin Hannah made me laugh, and cry, and laugh some more. Amidst grief and suffering, her words connected fluidly allowing the reader to dive deep into the characters souls...