Dream Big. And Continue Dreaming

In February 2016, I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference and had the opportunity to sit down with an agent who represented the genre I wrote in. Who knew that it would be with the lovely Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary. It was during our breakfast together that we talked about my future goals which…

Adventures in France & Italy

Wow has the year flown by. Life became super busy about mid-year, and my blog unfortunately fell out of the loop. No worries, I’ll stay up to date from now on. Maybe I’ll even be good and start writing content ahead of time and scheduling them out (ha! I’m funny). Check out my next blog…

Jane Friedman’s “Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis”

If you haven’t heard of Jane Friedman, you need to look her up ASAP. She’s a celebrated person within the literary agency. Earlier this year at the San Francisco Writers Conference, I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon where she was a keynote speaker. Plenty of words of wisdom from this amazing woman. So…

Tatiana White’s “Hand Me Down Heroes or Progression?”

I’m just going to share this link for your reading enjoyment and to hopefully, inspire many POC authors and readers to create and demand diverse stories readers can relate to. Growing up, I read many, many stories featuring white characters. And yes, I enjoyed them. And had no problems with reading about them. These were stories,…

First Line Test: Fiction Part 3

For this First Line Test Part 3, we’re covering some novels that were on the Fiction featured shelf at Barnes & Noble. Just a recap on why we’re even looking a these first lines: to help you discover what first lines work, which ones don’t, possible ways to improve, etc. It’s about growing as a writer…

Word Porn: Author Unknown

Word Porn’s Facebook page is on a roll. I’ve been reposting and sharing their quotes because they find just the right ones that connect to my soul. Ya know, that squishy, make believe part of you that makes you lightheaded and expels the air from your lungs when something profound connects with it? Yep. That…

When Agents Submit to Editors

Ever wondered what happens after an agent chooses to represent you? Fuse Literary recently released a blog post titled An Agent’s View of the Submission Process. This awesome blogpost details out the agent’s journey when readying and pitching your manuscript to editors. This article provides some excellent insights. Check it out in the link below: An Agent’s View…

Let’s Fall In Love

One of the best things about living, for me, is getting to know other people. And I’m sure you can see the connection between listening to other people’s stories and writing. The more you become aware of the journeys people take and truly understand the chapters of their lives, the more well-rounded and vivid your…

WoW Part 2: Finding Your Agent PIC

  When we finish a manuscript, it’s so easy to want to jump right in and start querying for an agent. But take a pause and do the most important thing first: CELEBRATE! You, you beautiful writer, just freaking created a whole new life, a whole new world. What’s on your screen, in your hands, printed in…

First Line Test: YA Part 2

All righty, the second part of the First Line Test series for my blog is now available! I apologize for the delay–have been on vacation in the beautiful country if Italy for the past two weeks. Blog post about my adventures will be posted soon–to include PLENTY of photos of beautiful landscapes and, my all…

Olivia Rivers’ Music Inspiration

More often than not, music has become such an inspiration for authors, and Olivia Rivers is no exception. Take a look below to see what music motivated Olivia from conceptual to publication. Hopefully some of these will inspire you also. Official “Tone Deaf” Playlist I’ve always needed music to write. Whether it’s punk rock or classical…