Summer Reading 2019 x 3

It’s quite possible that DFW hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s, well, summer (and I’m more than okay with that). Instead of clocking in at roughly 2,318 degrees, June has been nice and mild. Sunny. Not humid. Temps climbing not much higher than the upper 80s. In other words, pretty incredible for North Texas. 

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Happy 10th Birthday, Debut Novel

I can hardly believe it’s been 10 (!!!) years since the release of my first novel, Around the World in 80 Dates. While my book’s actual birthday was back on September 27, it was October 18, 2007 when I first spotted it on the shelf at Borders in Roseville, Minnesota (still miss you Borders, R.I.P.). As I picked up my novel from the shelf and, you know, confirmed it was mine, I was having a total That Thing You Do! moment in my mind where I wanted to scream “That’s MY book!” to everyone in striking distance. Since I didn’t… Continue reading

Ready, Set, Pitch Slam!

Just shy of two weeks ago, I not only attended my first Writer’s Digest conference in NYC, but I survived (!!!) my first Pitch Slam. For anyone not familiar with a Pitch Slam, it’s like speed dating for writers. But instead of connecting with a cute guy or gal, your mission is to pique the interest of an agent or two (or more) who represents your chosen genre. The rules are simple enough: You get a minute and a half to pitch your passion project, and he/she gets a minute and a half to respond. If the conversation goes the… Continue reading