Reading While Writing

The first few years that I was writing, I was convinced that if I read novels while actively writing my own, the styles of those already-published novels would somehow leak into my writing, making it unauthentic. I saved reading as a reward for completing drafts and would binge for several weeks, gobbling up the stories I’d …

I’m in Writer’s Digest & Biz is on Instagram

I’m even more all over the internet than before. First, the Writer’s Digest issue that features the winners of the Self-Published eBook Winners is finally out! Second, Biz has her own Instagram account!

2016 Goals: Pushing Out of My Circle

At the beginning of this year I challenged myself to break out of my circle, meaning I needed to get myself and my books in front of people I didn’t know. I’m happy to report that since then I’ve added the following experiences to my list: 2 3-Day Conferences (Women’s Expo & Comic Con) 2 …

News! Feel Good Update! And Books for Sale!

This has been a BUSY week! After six weeks of writing at maximum speed (which for me is 1000+ words per day) I’m excited to share that I’ve finished the first draft of The Slope Rules! I still have a long way to go with editing, editing, a writing conference, and more editing, but I’ve …

One Step Closer to World Domination… as an Author

I finally have an official writing chair! It even has WORDS on it! This has been my dream since seeing my aunt‘s chair at least seven or eight years ago. Squee! Don’t mind the artwork that’s still on the floor. Soon it will be complete!

The Calm After the Storm

This past spring was, to put it mildly, rather chaotic. I had several book events, including two the week FADED released, so I took a much-needed break through the beginning of August. But now I’m back and ready to roll! I have four fun events scheduled this fall, plus I’m writing my next YA novel! …

Here We Go Again

Hey! It’s been a busy month. After the Women’s Expo last month, Jeremy and I visited Portland for the first time, where we hit 12 breweries in 3.5 days (photos here) — quite an accomplishment, we’re told — and then Camp NaNoWriMo began and I started my next novel! This is a completely new story …

Editing, Guest Posting, and Breaking That Pesky Circle

Editing has been my theme lately!  I guest posted on Kai Strand’s blog and talked about editing (hop on over to Strands of Thought to read my post) AND I finished the second draft of FADED. Boom. I’m not expecting it back from my next reader/editor until the end of February so that means I …

Things I Learned While Writing a Trilogy

Over the holidays, I finished the first draft of FADED, the third book in The Flicker Effect trilogy. HOORAY! Feedback from my first two readers has been positive, and it’s going to my hard-core editor in February. Here’s the not-yet-finalized blurb: Biz didn’t think life could get worse after she tried—and failed—to stop a horrific …

2015 Goal: Breaking Out of My Circle

If you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. If you want to change something about yourself I think you should just do it—waiting for a date on a calendar is just another form of procrastination. Last year in mid-March I decided to lose weight, and six months …