• Lessons Learned,  Words

    Yes, Authors Get Bullied Too

    I’m going to talk about something today that I hoped I would never come across again in the vast, amazing, and chaotic world of writing. I’m going to talk about cyber-bullying, how it’s directed to authors, the ripple effect it causes, and how to handle it if it happens to you (but I hope it never does). I know that many in the writing world are still reeling from the suicide of a cover designer recently that was the result of cyber-bullying. I also know of a few others who are currently dealing with online bullies telling them to “kill themselves.” And sometimes, the bullying comes from unexpected places, hidden…

  • Lessons Learned,  Words

    So You Want to Be A Horror Writer?

    So you think you might want to be a horror writer but not sure how to scare your readers? Do you find your writing taking on a dark aspect that others claim is scary, but you don’t know why? Maybe you just want to write like Lovecraft but aren’t sure you’re up to the task? Welcome to the club. For the longest time I had issues declaring genre because while I write dark, it never scares me (and I still do). My first book is classified as a “romance,” “horror,” and “occult,” all of which (except maybe the romance part) made me go “Hmm…” I mean, yes, my plot is all…

  • Lessons Learned,  Words

    Unbound

    I am not bound by my current circumstances, my unforeseen future, or my troubled past. Who I am makes me what I am. What I am completes who I am. I am mother. I am daughter. I am sister. I am friend. I am wife. I am a writer. I am a designer. I am deaf. I am diabetic. I am a victim. I am a survivor. I am loved. I AM CHOSEN. What am I? I am all these and more. These do not define who I am, but play important roles in the making of me. I am kind. Compassionate. I’ve got a ready ear and a strong…