Getting To Know Me


Bonjour! Bienvenue to getting to know me, and thanks for stopping by!

1. My first kiss was completely awkward. It was middle school; we both had braces, and my cousin was proudly boasting that she had “made out” for thirty whole seconds with her boyfriend. She wanted to see if we could beat her record. I think, in retrospect, she was appealing to my competitive side to goad me into kissing a boy at all. I was terrified he would try to stick his tongue down my throat, so I kept giggling as he pressed his closed lips against mine. I never made it past 10 seconds and conceded victory. I didn’t want to win at this.

2. My favorite first love song was “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Perfect definition of preteen cheesy romance.

3. I can’t start writing without my coffee, which is an absolute cliché. I know. But it’s true. Once I take that first sip I can dive right into whatever I’m working on.

4. Which author inspired me to become a writer? That’s tough, simply because at age 6 it was my first dream that never died. A middle school teacher gave me the courage to believe this dream could become a reality. But I would have to say the two authors (I know I’m cheating) who I’ve learned the most from would be Orson Scott Card and Eiji Yoshikawa. Their work, for me, was life changing.

5. My first chapter had completely changed by my final revision, thanks to my husband. He actually loved the book but hated the beginning. My inner critique agreed, so I added an action packed prologue that also provides critical information without feeling like an info-dump. I also reorganized my first chapter to have a smoother flow.

6. Which came first, characters, plot, or setting? That’s impossible to choose because it was all synonymous for me. As a kid, I made up a game, pretending giants were chasing kids to make them slaves. I wanted to turn this primitive concept into a novel. Also, my brother Bixby passed away as a child, and I wanted to base my MC off what I knew of him, which in turn inspired the entire concept of my first novel. Kids die and go to planet Centerra where they have magic, and giants hunt them for it. So for me, plot, setting, and character jumbled together at once when I got the idea, and I fleshed out details from there.

7. The first word I hope will be used to describe my writing: intrepid.

I look forward to getting to know the rest of you:)

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27 thoughts on “Getting To Know Me

  1. Every time I hear that song I think of “Armageddon”. I love the idea for your book, very original. 🙂 Best of luck!


  2. I love the imaginary games you used to play. My sisters and I played “town” and picked jobs like banker and teacher. I was usually the playwright or inventor. I should have known back then. 🙂


    1. Ah imagination is the oxygen of childhood! My friends were bored with our usual games, which we based off the current Disney movies playing, so I started to make them up. We played these for years on end and have fond memories to this day. Ironically enough, I’m both teacher and writer today. Left and right brained, I guess:)


  3. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was my daughter’s “baby song”. It’s a song I pick for my kids when they’re born that I sing just for them and she was born right about the time that song came out. The line that got me was “I could stay awake, just to hear you breathing”. She was so beautiful and precious I couldn’t believe she was real. Anyway, nice to “meet” you and good luck in the contest.


  4. I love the way you’ve w.orked parts or bits of your childhood into your novels. It’s odd how writing stirs those things we used to love so much. Good Luck!


  5. I think it’s touching that you are honoring your brother with your main characters. What a wonderful thought. I’ve included small things about mentors, peers, and friends, but this takes it to a new level. Thanks for sharing that.


    1. Thank you! I don’t want to bum people out…but it’s important to me that he lives on somehow. This was my way of doing that. I appreciate your kind words:)


  6. Prologues. everyone tut tuts so I shall be hypocritical and do the same. *Tut tut.* It makes you feel awful for putting them there, and I don’t want to be lonely in feeling to attached to my prologue. 😉
    Good for you! And with the Aerosmith too 😀
    Good luck in the competition.


    1. Thanks! All of my beta readers have said the Prologue added exactly what was missing. I will defend it to the death because I seriously feel it’s essential for the reader to understand what’s going on while raising plenty of curiosity and questions. Good luck to ya!


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