Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

My Writing Secrets

When I say writing secrets, I’m talking about different elements that help me write and edit better. I've found that surrounding myself with certain sights, smells, and sounds get my creative juices flowing. So without further ado, here are some of my secrets/tips/tricks.

Essential Oils.

Joy, brain power, and clarity. Pretty amazing, right? You might laugh at the thought of oils giving you brain power, but I feel that it really helps me. I put a couple drops on my hand and it's enough to help keep me focused for hours. 

Something Sweet.

When I was in high school and staying up late to write monotonous papers, my mom would always put out a bowl of candy. She said that surrounding myself with positive things would help me. I love writing, obviously. However, sometimes hours of editing can become overwhelming. Chocolate keeps me happy and that translates into my writing. 

Inspiring Surrounding.

I absolutely love my backyard. It has weeds, it's overgrown, and there are a lot of things that need fixing but it also has water running through it. The sound of water trickling over rocks is music to my sometimes bogged down and besieged brain. The sound is calming and it also blocks out distracting day-to-day noises. 


Lately Zipfizz and I have been best friends. We talk all the time, text each other, and share our hopes and dreams. Not really, but I do love zipfizz because it keeps me awake and alert after hours of editing. It's a little powder from Coscto that you pour into your water bottle. Grape is my favorite flavor, and it is pure heaven in a big glass of ice cold water. 

There you have it. Those are a few of my little secrets that help me write, edit, and create my stories. What are some of your tips or tricks that help you stay happy while you write?   

Thursday, August 16, 2012

So true.

My reaction when I read these: "YES! So true!" 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Upcoming Events

I am excited to announce that I will be a judge for Open Mic Fight!

Here are the details:

Every Friday Night up to 20 performers will have a showdown. 50% of the door money goes to the Winner. Each performer will play Two Songs or Ten Minutes of Original Music in front of our awesome crowd including a celebrity judge. The judge will pick three finalists and after the break the 3 finalists will play one more song . The winner walks away with cold hard cash (50% of the door).

When: August 17th on Friday @ 7:30 PM

Location: Timpanogos Caffe @ 1683 N State St, Orem Ut 84057
Cost:   $3.00 @ the Door ($2.00 for Performers)

There is going to be some AMAZING talent, so I hope you can come!

Also, I thought I'd let you know about my

September Book Signings!

Draper Fresh Market

September 7th & 28th

11:00 - 2:00

American Fork Fresh Market

September 8th

11:00 - 2:00

Come say hello!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Why I Write

Sometimes when I’m editing for several hours a day, I get a little overwhelmed. I start thinking about shutting my laptop and hiding it under my bed (I really have done that). Working on the sequel is tricky, and I take it very seriously. I know that everything from The Shapeshifter’s Secret has to connect, intertwine, and leave my readers ecstatic with the sequel.

Whenever I get frustrated trying to raise the bar of my own writing, I stop, and remember why I write.

Writing sets me free. When a new story idea hits me, it’s like a bolt of lightning—and I love that feeling. I love being inspired and going to another world with strong, new, amazing characters. Writing is a part of who I am, and it is worth every single word I have to type.

Thank you so much for caring about my words. 

Why do you write? 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A little Haha for your day