Category: books

What do you do for inspiration?

What do you do for inspiration?
I love writing. I could lose a whole day absorbed in the imaginary world creating and writing. I have written four and a half books so far. Only two are published as of today; however, that will change soon with the publication of my third book called Living Red. It is a young-adult fiction about... Read more »

What are you doing for fun?

What are you doing for fun?
A hobby is defined as an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure, so what are you doing during this social isolation for fun? I have off work until Tuesday, so I know I will spend time on social media, reading, and watching TV, but I also want to feel good, have fun... Read more »

Let's Talk About Words Group

Let's Talk About Words Group
I started a group on Facebook today about words. If you enjoy books, music, movies, TV, podcasts and more, please join this group and let’s talk about it.  Let’s Talk About Words Group. As I say in the description for this group, I love words. I am touched by any that tell a story or... Read more »
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250 posts of connection

250 posts of connection
I have written 250 posts for ChicagoNow since I started in September of 2016. Although there have been changes with this platform, I am grateful for the outreach to share my voice and thoughts. There have been months that I wrote a couple of articles a week, and other times when I barely wrote two.... Read more »

Are you Living Red?

The following is a short excerpt from my book Living Red, a young adult fiction about the importance of trusting your intuition. Peyton is an inquisitive young woman searching for truth in a world far in the future. While struggling with the secrets her grandmother is sharing with her about life before and after the war, she... Read more »

What’s in a name anyway?

As I was listening to B96 on the radio last week, the hosts Gabe and Nina were talking about names and discussing the most common one in your phone contact list. A brief look at my phone today told me a couple of things. One, I need to delete some old contacts, and two Jennifer/Jenny and... Read more »
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A little feedback

A little feedback
I received another rejection for my book Suppression today. Part of the feedback was “I encourage you to develop the world a little more and try showing with dialogue and action, rather than telling with narrative and exposition.” At least she gave me feedback; it’s something to work on. I also attended the Barrington Writer’s... Read more »

Want to join me in a gratitude challenge?

Want to join me in a gratitude challenge?
This weekend as I was working on my latest book about a magical house called The Little Stone House on the Corner, I decided that the main characters are going to do a six-week gratitude challenge. I don’t want to give any other details from the book away, but I decided to also join in too.... Read more »

"Write what you want to read"

"Write what you want to read"
I recently heard the author David Brooks repeat the common writer’s phrase, “Write the book you want to read.” Because I had never heard that before, I can’t stop thinking about it. I believe that it will influence my future books and blog posts, and it made me reflect on the three books I have... Read more »
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How do you respond to rejection and disappointment?

How do you respond to rejection and disappointment?
I love books and articles; I get lost in the process of reading and in writing. Lately though, I have been getting hit with low viewership on my blog and with my e-books as well as rejections from literary agents for the third book I wrote. Friends and family have encouraged me to stay positive... Read more »