An Introduction to the Kinds of Things I Write

Hey. So I thought since you’ll be reading something of mine, I should introduce you to the kinds of books I write…


ONE OR THE OTHER
I write in two camps. Either quirky rom coms or dark and creepy thrillers…

YOUNG ADULT
Not a hard rule but for the most part I write in YA. The reason for that is because my natural narrative voice is very teenager-ish (you can look back on this blog for reference haha). Most of my characters tend to be 16, 17, 18. But not always.

MILD ON THE SCOVILLE SCALE
I also write in the PG-13 zone. I have a Mormon background but my characters do not. They drink, break the law, and have tasteful fade to black scenes with each other. Full discloser to my family: I write swear words into my manuscripts. I don’t like to drop F bombs though. It’s not even because that word offends me, I just think that it’s overuse in modern media has made it a bit blasé. (unpopular opinion?) … My John Lennon book is not historically accurate when it comes to the disappearance of F words hahaha.

TIME TRAVEL IS A REOCCURING THEME

I am obsessed with all stories time travel!! A trait I inherited from my family. So that inherently makes a lot of my work ‘sci-fi’. I write very soft science fiction, I don’t try to explain the technology that makes time travel work, it just does. (“The flux capacitor is what makes time travel possible” kind of thing.)


NO SERIES OF SERIES

I tend to write standalone stories and shy away from sequels or trilogies. I’m grossly picky when it comes to sequels (books, movies, TV even). I feel that so often the writer does not stay loyal to the world that they built in the first installment. Magic systems get convoluted, new romances seem arbitrary and forced, and big characters become unrecognizable … I think it can be done well and HAS been done well. But I think the way to do it is to write it in conjunction with the first book (or season/movie) so things are properly set up. (Or at the VERY LEAST have an IDEA of where it would go next.) That’s the only way I would personally be comfortable doing a sequel.  

MAY REMIND YOU OF…

If you grew up with me, you probably know how much I love the original Twilight Zone. Richard Matheson and Rod Serling are major influences on my writing, and I love to add twists. My short stories often have that trademark “punchline twist” that was made famous by The Twilight Zone. I also have a big background in theater and have loved and been influenced by many playwrights. Because of this my work tends to be dialogue forward since my earlier writings were mostly scripts and sketches. But I’m learning to be more of a novelist, I swear! One other major influence is my love of eighties movies. I once had an editor in the industry compare my writing to John Hughes and it was the best compliment I could ever receive!

TEST DRIVE IT YOURSELF

If you haven’t heard I’m putting out a novel for free three weeks from now! Love Me Do is a good introductory to things that I write because it’s somehow nestled in between my two camps. It’s both a quirky rom com AND has time travel and dark elements (she has to kill him if he doesn’t propose to her in 100 days). It was also written in a very similar comedic style to that of my blog posts. So if you already liked what I’ve been posting you’ll probably like this book! I’ll be putting out one chapter at a time every Thursday morning for the following six months!

Thank you so much for all your support already! I’m super nervous to be putting a book out there. Especially one that I know isn’t my best work and… you know, happens to be a silly Beatles fanfic (basically). But it’s a start and a step forward. If nothing else just to get my voice out there and give my words validation to be. If you would like to follow along and be notified of when new chapters release you can enter your email address below.

I’M RELEASING ONE OF MY BOOKS NEXT MONTH!

Hello, hello! I’m back after a much-needed break and horrible morning sickness.

Several months ago I was talking to one of my best friends. And I asked for his honest opinion of which book idea I should work on next. As I rattled off each ideas his “ooh’s” grew more enthusiastic until finally when I was done he said, “Okay… my honest opinion, is that you need to learn how to mass produce so that you can write every idea you have.”

And I felt that in my soul.

I started writing even MORE and FASTER than before. I worked up my own process into what I call a “half-draft”. (Cramming the bare bones of a novel into 30k words and then editing from there). And when I realized I could actually “mass-produce”, I suddenly saw my work with a clearer vision.

I saw my books in different places with different audiences. I saw different platforms and distribution. I saw the books that strongly fit into the traditional publishing market and the ones that were better suited elsewhere. I metaphorically looked at the several projects in my lap for the last five years and said to myself, “People should read this.”

And on top of all those revelations, the most glaring one was:

This Beatles book is going to be impossible to publish.

The copyright issues of using real people, real songs, real events is kind of a nightmare. Which, I knew (slashed ignored) that problem when I first began the novel years ago. And now I’m here like, “What do I do with this thing?”

So I thought…

If I can’t sell it… what if I gifted it instead? … To YOU… FOR FREE. I’ve talked about it for so long on this blog and besides I have a lot of other projects that I could develop for publishing.

The reason WHY I wrote the book in the first place was because an elderly writer on hospice gave me this advice, “Take the strangest idea that you have and write that.” … Well, the strangest idea I had (at that time) was a time-traveler who was forced to go back in time and marry John Lennon away from his band. That advice liberated me from expectations, and I wrote a whole ridiculous book just for me. And since I wrote it for myself for fun, I don’t see why you can’t just have it for fun.

So I’m releasing Love Me Do here on the blog. Totally for free. One chapter every Thursday starting in February.

*This will NOT effect “Kid’s Say the Darndest Things” that will still come out the beginning of every month.*

>>Click here to learn more about Love Me Do and read the “back cover blurb”<<

*You do not need to know anything about The Beatles to enjoy the book. Although fans would probably enjoy this book best, it was written in such a way that a non-fan could easily follow along.*

I’m SUPER resisting the urge to tell you how convoluted the plot is. And that it’s kinda dumb and hasn’t seen a professional editor. But I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU ALL THAT OR HOW BAD IT IS, SO FORGET IT!

I’m terrified of putting myself out there, but I am doing it anyway! And speaking of putting myself out there… I’m also launching a Patreon in a couple of weeks! So even though the entire novel will be released FOR FREE one chapter a week on this blog you can support me by becoming a Patreon and get lots of monthly goodies like early access to chapters, sneak peeks of other projects and even a physical signed copy of the book in the mail!

Stay tuned for lots of fun “behind the book” stories and mark your calendars, Chapter One posts on February 3rd.

Kids Say the Darndest (December 2021)

CASEY: *out of nowhere* You know what? I could grab a duck.


After buckling Jack into his seat, Dan let one rip and then shut the van door.

JACK: *totally disgusted* Why did Dad do that? That was so clumsy.


MALL SANTA: And what’s your name?

CASEY: *too flustered and excited* I’m Santa. I mean! I’m Santa. I mean! I’m Casey.


I’m pregnant with my third and I told the kids I had a baby in my belly.

JACK: What?? Right now?

ME: Yeah, right in there.

JACK: *super worried* But it’s gonna burst out of your belly! And tear a big hole!??

ME: … *not knowing where to start with this one*

JACK: Oh, well, I guess they could put you back together right?

ME: Yeah, I’ll go to the hospital to get the baby out.

JACK: Oh, that’s okay then.


When I told Casey that my tummy was getting bigger because of the baby he was like:

CASEY: Yeah, and Daddy’s belly too!


Jack has been so excited about the idea of a baby. He constantly talks about it.

JACK: Can I hug your baby? Can I kiss your baby? When the baby comes out I’m gonna rock him in the chair to sleep. Can we name the baby “Case”?


ME: What does the cow say?

CASEY: “Moo.”

ME: What does the Mommy say?

CASEY: “Oink oink.”

ME: Alright, listen you.


I brought home ultrasound pictures to show the boys. As they were looking at the new baby, I asked them whether they thought they were getting a new brother or a sister.

JACK: *pointing to the picture* That’s a brother because he has short hair.


Today at lunch my three-year-old randomly announced.

CASEY: You know what? I have a cool family!


JACK: I really like your hair.

ME: Aww, thank you.

JACK: And I really like your heart.

ME: *crying* Buddy! Thank you!