Nearly three years ago, I remember sitting at my sons’ bedsides, tucking them in. They wanted a story, so I came up with one. Let me back up a quick second. As a child, my family didn’t travel much, not by plane anyway. We were campers, and the furthest we got were the far reaches … Continue reading My Dream Made it to the World
The Cat, the Mouse, and the Christmas Tree
I’m sitting at Starbucks, my brain fighting my typing fingers. My brain wants to stare out the window. It wants to get another coffee. Or maybe water. It wants to open another window on my computer. Pick up my phone and check Instagram. Post an advertisement. Think about my long list of things to do. … Continue reading How Social Media Killed My Creativity
Today is one of those days where the words “I can’t do this anymore,” escapes my mouth. If you’re a new author, I have something to tell you. Take every pre-conceived notion you’ve ever had, open a window, and throw them out. Well, as long as the notions are as such: “If I publish … Continue reading My Struggle as an Indie Author
COVER REVEAL!! The Emerald of Viridian by Claire Norsworthy. Official release date is Monday, June 7th. After three-and-a-half long years, my book is finally being released to the world! If you like YA urban fantasy like The Mortal Instruments series or The Folk of the Air series, give mine a try! Five dying islands. Each … Continue reading It is Finished!
Many of my years were spent somewhere between the edge of unhappiness and a dark abyss. Those dark moments began in the eighth grade and ended at the age of twenty-five. In fact, I remember the day they ended. It was a very strange moment of realization. It was my 25th birthday, and I … Continue reading Sometimes Happiness is Hard to Find
A few hours ago, I was running on my treadmill listening to the words of Fiona Apple: “Oh darlin it’s so sweet you think you know how crazy, how crazy I am.” I’ve always loved that song for one reason: I can identify with her inner mania. In fact, sometimes I think I … Continue reading Inside the Mind of a Writer
Before becoming a writer, if faced with a life or death situation where only creativity would save me, I’d be a goner. I marveled at the author creativity in books I read. And then one day, I had an idea. And the idea grew into a scene, and the scene into a chapter, and the … Continue reading Writing Inspiration- Where does it come from and how do you get it?
8/6/20 We were deep in the Alaskan wilderness. The sun beat down on our backs as we scaled the rocky mountain, a vertical face of hard gray shale and scraggly shrub. The kids did well climbing up, and at the top, the view was breathtaking. It was the journey down when terror struck. … Continue reading Shattered Dreams and Fractured Wrists
7/22/20 Today I received my sixth rejection. Surprisingly, I was bolstered by its contents. The one sentence I fixated on was “I read your query with interest.” Interest. Now that’s something! After I received my first rejection, I was surprised by how oddly encouraged I felt. It was a nice rejection letter. They didn’t … Continue reading Rejection