Throwback Thursday – Writing Inspiration

As release week continues along (Hey, I could have thrown us waaay back with a Sid & Marty Kroft reference: “I said LAUNCH not LUNCH,” but I didn’t. And you’re welcome), I thought I’d give your word-reading eyes a rest by showing you pictures–mostly location scouting, but some fantasy casting is under the cut–that I used as points of reference throughout The Bones Of You.

But first… It’s important that you know that in my mind, these were my inspirations for Moira and Dough Face:

Nora Jane Noone, aka Moira Byrne

Nora Jane Noone, aka Moira Byrne

And the fantastic Christopher Hanke as Dough-Face.

And the fantastic Christopher Hanke as Dough-Face. He’s actually super attractive and awesome in real life, so I share this with apologies to Mr. Hanke. ;)










But wait, there’s more! So much more… 

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Virtual Book Tour!

Now that my book’s release is upon us, I’m going on a book tour through the cat-clogged tubes that make up the internet–what a time to be alive!

Each day for the next two weeks I’ll be popping in to various websites to answer questions (they know I’m coming; I’m not being a creep), to brace myself for independent reviews, and best of all: promote a Gift Card Giveaway! Every time you follow me on this tour you’ll have a chance to enter on that site’s raffle jar for free eBooks–mine–or a $25 gift card for any book Interlude Press has. FREE. And you just have to click.

Fun fact: every interview and blog post is different, because I don’t want to bore you. I’ll add the link to the day’s interview and/or review to the schedule below when each day’s interview goes up. But I mean, this is me; I’m going to try and keep you laughing and/or interested. And everywhere I go, YOUR QUESTIONS are welcomed! I’ll be checking into each site throughout the day to chat, answer questions (42, the answer is always 42) and walk you through brain surgery. I’M A HELPER, IT’S WHAT I DO.


Mon Nov 17: Sharing Links & Wisdom Fact: Paul Lynde & Jesus are my make believe party pals.
Tues Nov 18: Our Wolves Den Fact: People in my real life end up in my books. Suckers!
Wed Nov 19: Carly’s Book Review Review, plus me chatting about taking chances.
Thur Nov 20: Coffee, Books & Art Fact: Loving, accepting families are the best. Also: testicles.
Fri      Nov 21: Books on Silver Wings Fact: Music–makes the people–come together. [Yeah!]
Mon Nov 24: Wickedly Wanton Tales
Tues Nov 25: Prism Book Alliance
Wed Nov 26: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Wed Nov 26: Paranormal Romance & Authors Who Rock
Thur Nov 27: The Reading Addict
Thur Nov 27: All In One Place
Fri     Nov 28: Mad Hoydenish

Throwback Thursday – Soundtrack for TBoY

As we get closer to the release date (Tuesday, November 18th!), I thought I’d go back to how I actually wrote this monster, which was to a specific soundtrack. Am I the only one who does this? I “cast” characters in my head, locations, and then have to layer on a soundtrack like it’s a movie. And then I write. And honestly, this is one of my most favorite soundtracks/playlists that I’ve ever put together. And if you pay attention, the entire story is told here. Spoiler alert? Ha ha.

Reminder that you can pre-order my book from my publisher’s store, from, Barnes&Noble, or ask your friendly Indie book seller to get you a copy (even better, because those come on the pretty cream paper instead of Amazon’s Bright White).  There’s still some time left to enter my Goodreads Giveaway and win a free copy!

And now, some tunes.

(Click for the link, in case the module isn’t working)  Below is the tracklisting, and you should buy all of these albums, for they’re stellar. Continue reading

Writing Wednesday – When the words won’t come.

I keep forgetting this part...

I got a book idea– number 2! –and then promptly shut down. Now, there are some massive emotional upheavals happening in my life currently (to put it lightly) and it would be easy to push my inability to produce a product off onto that. But there are also times when things are mellow and lovely and the words won’t come, so it’s not fair to just point to this one thing as the cause. In the parlance of the internet, WHAT DO?

I just hit on a realization for myself. We’re all different, we all have our own methods, but here’s what I’ve just figured out about myself.

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Writing Wednesday – Epithets


No, I don’t mean dirty ugly names that you shouldn’t be using anyway– seriously. You shouldn’t be using those. RARE is the time that would ever be okay, even if you have a “bad guy” you’re writing dialog for. SERIOUSLY. CUT THAT OUT OF YOUR STORY–I mean the old school byname epithet:

  • “Rosy-cheeked lass”
  • “Chocolate-orbed boy”
  • “Loose-jawed grandma”
  • “Cinnamon-skinned beautician”
  • “Four-assed beaver”
  • “fish-breathed smaller baker”
  • “fishier-breathed larger baker”

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Writing Wednesday – Musical Chairs-Writing Ed.


Listening to music when I’m writing is tricky: too engaging and I can’t focus on making words. I definitely prefer a groove playing in the background of the trippy-lounge variety. If that music mimics a heartbeat… oh, is that the song for me. It gets my brain rolling, but in a creative-energized way, allowing me to multitask my thoughts and (hopefully) get the words on the page.

Lately, I’ve been reliving my navel-gazing New Wave days of my youth after stumbling across an old favorite CD. And since you know how much I love the Pomodoro, I thought I’d put together some mixes for us that are Pomodoro length. It’s like the days of Musical Chairs: write when it plays, stop when it stops. Easy, right? Continue reading

Mormon Mondays – The Time I Desecrated The House of the Lord with Hip Hop

This musical is far more accurate than you may realize.

For those of you who know me in real life, it will come as no surprise to know that in 1992 I bought Arrested Development’s first album the day it was released. And it will also not shock you to know that I listened to that on constant repeat, soaking up the positive hip hop vibe of elevated consciousness. If you’re not familiar (how?!) with this quintessential Afrocentric hip hop group from the ’90s, you should know that their music is about connecting spiritually and intellectually with the world around you.

When I was in the throes of religious passion myself, one song in particular stood out to me, and it was like it had reached into my aching heart yearning to understand why I was in Utah, sticking out like a sore thumb while trying to grow spiritually among “my people.” Naturally I tried to share this song with the students in my Gospel Doctrine class one Sunday.

Apparently this was shocking to my blond, white, square-jawed Mormon students. Hip hop? In church? Continue reading

Free For All Friday

I do this thing every summer where I try and teach my kids how to prepare a complete meal on the, ha, chance they’ll ever go away. I mean, move out.

[Law & Order voice] What you are about to witness is that attempt with my twelve year old.

One Pot Eggplant and Mushroom Pasta


First, let’s get this out there. You are going to dirty up three dishes, max. A colander, a big, heavy bottomed pot to cook in, and a bowl or platter to hold veggies, unless you’re some kind of weirdo who slops hot food on your counters. If so, then you must be one of my children. Continue reading