Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Hi everyone,

I'm still going to be posting on this blog, but more for personal use and reviews.  My actual writing blog, will now be HERE!  PLEASE follow!



Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meeting Kresley Cole, Finding Inspiration, Focusing on the Characters

Hello out there!

This week has definitely been a big one for me.  On Monday, I strolled unassumingly COMPLETELY INTENTIONALLY into my local Wal-Mart.  Guess what they had on the shelves a whole day early?!  Kresley Cole's Demon From The Dark!  I finished the book by Tuesday night, and it was amazing.  Her best yet!  I WANT a Malkom Slaine!

On Wednesday, I got to MEET Kresley because she was in Atlanta for book signings.  I got to talk to her for a good 15-20 minutes, pretty one-on-one and it was awesome.  She's so nice and cool and sweet and funny and writerish and it was just a kick ass time!  Meeting her totally reaffirmed my need to write.  If she, a normal gal like m'self, can do it...then SO CAN I!

I'm off today and tomorrow, and after meeting Kresley, I went out and bought a shiny new spiral notebook (a sure sign that I intend to write and not be bothered by the outside world for a solid 48 hours).  I've got the world building and researching down - now it's time to really solidify my characters.  Kresley said in a recent online chat that she usually starts with characters, then the story and circumstance follows.  I've already gotten so much on paper now that I've thought about it that way!  As an avid reader of romance, it's easy to forget the elements that go into the stories when you're trying to turn around and write them.  Especially with Paranormal Romance, it can be easy to focus so much on doing something "different" and "new" that you lose the essence of what makes it a Paranormal ROMANCE - the ROMANCE and the CHARACTERS.  At the end of the day, the love story is the most important aspect romance.  Period.  Now that I'm back to that, I'm feeling like I can move on from researching.  MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP!

So, as I'm writing this and working on carving out my characters, I've got the Lord of The Rings on in the background and I'm in the zone!  Here's hoping that I don't get thrown off course!

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors?  What was it like?  If you're a writer, how did meeting them influence your approach to your own writing?


Monday, August 23, 2010



Today, in like 30 minutes, I'll be taking part in the love Ustream chat with Kresley Cole.  Tonight at midnight, I'll be able to download the book, already purchased, on my Nook.  Wednesday, I'm MEETING the GOLDEN ONE herself (Kresley) at one of her Atlanta book signings!  YAY!  I'm off Thursday and Friday, so I'm going to try to and hold off on reading until then - yeah, RIGHT!  I'm sure that by then, I'll be on my second or third re-read already!  The Immortals After Dark Series is SO the literary equivalent of CRACK!


Oh, and a BIG congrats to Roni Griffin (The Fiction Groupie)!  Home girl landed herself an agent!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Titles are fun!

Ok, so I think I've finally got the title for Book I of The Sanguine Chronicles...Are you ready?

Dead Girls Have Needs, Too

I'm kind of loving it!

Short and sweet today!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Home Stretch!

The count-down continues until the release of Kresley Cole's new book Demon From The Dark!  Release day is August 24th AND she's going to be in Atlanta for the book signings!  I will be a HAPPY girl that day!

In other news, Roni Griffin (the lovely bloggeress of *Fiction Groupie*) was lucky enough to attend the RWA convention this year...I'd be jealous, but she's been nice enough to post some really fun, interesting, and useful tidbits in her blog this week.  I haven't reached the query stage just yet, but her post from today on the do's & dont's of querying will prove useful...I'M SURE OF IT!  I queried a long time ago when I was still working on my young adult stuff - more just trying to test the waters.  I did just about EVERYTHING wrong that Roni pointed out.  Her blog is already listed in my resources section, but I want to re-recommend her.  Excellent stuff!

Not much to throw out there today as far as my own writing.  I've been researching some more.  I gotta tell ya, Norse and Celtic history/mythology/folklore is SO MUCH FUN to study!  Writing can be such a fun excuse to be a nerd.  :)

P.S.:  If you're as big of a Kresley Cole addict as I am, feel free to join me over in her forum.  My username is "lilashriel".  Also, if you're in Atlanta and want to hang out at a book signing with me, just shoot me an email (!