• A Video Interview About The Postcard & Other Short Stories & Poetry

    Well, you know what Eleanor Roosevelt said, right? “Do one thing every day that scares you.” When I was a mass communication major, I realized very quickly that I like being behind the camera more than I like being in front of it, which is why I gravitated toward writing. So, here I am taking a big leap and doing a little video about my upcoming book. That’s right…I’m trying to take my book promotion to the next level. LOL. Anyway, here’s the video about the new book that’s coming in July. I really hope you like it.   WHAT’S INCLUDED? There are 22 total stories as I’m a couple…

  • Random Thoughts on a Gloomy Day

    When I put a call for help out there last night—WHAT SHOULD I BLOG ABOUT?—I got an answer from a friend of mine. She suggested that I write down random thoughts over the course of 24 hours. That’s a big challenge and a lot of hours, but I came away with these random thoughts and thought I’d share them with you on this very gloomy April day. My thoughts are below, but I also created a mind map–creativity and thoughts in action–and included it here. Golfer Ben Crenshaw’s wife looks amazing…Jordan Spieth’s poise and command was incredible to watch at this year’s Masters…I’m proud of my son for making the…

  • It’s All About Love

    * * * One of the things I’ve had to come to grips with lately is that if you have created something that is independently yours, whether it’s in the role of author of a book, director of an indie film, or maker of lovely art, you will always be working, always promoting. Additionally, you have to believe that you are your own brand and must act as the innovator, marketer, branding expert, and salesperson of the work you have created. That’s a lot of responsibility to put on one mere person who probably can’t afford to do this craft without another full-time job or source of other income. So…

  • 10 Things That Baseball Idioms Have Taught Me

    My second novel, Baseball Girl, has been prepped and is almost ready to make its appearance on Amazon. The main character, Francesca Milli, learns a few things from her love of baseball in the novel, as you will see if you decide to read it. And although I wrote the main character and modeled some of her experiences after my own life working in professional baseball, she is not me. Therefore, what I’ve learned from baseball may be slightly different than what Francesca learns. I thought I’d share the Top 10 things baseball idioms have taught me. Coming home means the world to me. It’s important to touch base with…

  • The Worst Part About Writing

    * * * Yes, I’m still at tonight. Working diligently on my collection right now. However, the worst part about writing is that you get attached and stupidly emotional about the characters you create. Why? Because sometimes they are loosely based on people you know, lessons you’ve learned, the ways you have grown. You are reminded of things and times gone by. And then you read something like this that turns you into a weepy blob: Every individual soul chooses the significant people in that life. Destiny will place you in the particular circumstance; it will dictate that you will encounter a particular person, at a certain time, place.  ~…

  • Preparing to Launch! A Personal Letter to Readers.

    Dear Readers, I don’t often go on and on about all the different responsibilities an independent author has to tackle on a daily basis, but none is greater than getting your books ready for that “big release.” I can see the finish line. I am almost there. In addition to the release of my almost three-year project “Baseball Girl,” a novel about a woman’s experience with loss, love, and relationships while working in the baseball big leagues, which is (very) loosely based on my own experiences, I’ve also been writing and putting together a collection of short stories and poetry. I’m shooting to have both on the market in February.…

  • What Writers Owe To Themselves

    Writers—Do you do some of your best thinking in the shower? Typically, my best ideas come to me at the most inopportune moments when I do not have paper and pencil handy, like when I’m commuting or observing something with a cart full of groceries or taking a walk through the neighborhood. Sometimes the creative juices flow when I’m not prepared to greet them, much in the same way a hostess of a party who is still in sweats and inappropriately dressed as her first guest rings the doorbell is not ready. These creative juices are important, and if we are lucky, they flow directly and consistently into our writing,…

  • My Latest Author Crush

    Markus Zusak is attractive, intelligent, in touch with human nature, deeply evocative with his use of language, and has had me thinking about the story he wrote for a good, solid week now. In fact, I know I will never forget it. I’d call that an author crush. I can’t get Liesel, Hans, Rosa, Ilsa, Max, and Rudy out of my mind, not to mention Frau and Michael Holtzapfel. The images he left me with are vivid and haunting, and “The Book Thief” is one of my all-time favorite stories I have read. Perhaps Zusak’s best choice in writing this WWII novel about foster-child Liesel Meminger was allowing the story…

  • The Final Trailer for Baseball Girl

    Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I’m posting the trailer for my upcoming novel Baseball Girl, which will be released next month. While it’s certainly a contemporary romance, it’s also about the love a girl has for her father, with baseball as the perfect backdrop. Enjoy, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Blogging for the Annapolis Film Festival 2015

    I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be one of the bloggers for the upcoming Annapolis Film Festival scheduled for March. Having returned to the Annapolis area after residing in Baltimore and then Ellicott City for many years, it is my pleasure to promote such a worthwhile event. Likewise, my first novel entitled “Beneath the Mimosa Tree,” was set in my hometown, where I set out to glorify our beautiful city of Annapolis. In short, I have a love affair with our city, and am happy to do anything I can to help promote it. Therefore, there is no better way to pay homage to Annapolis than to participate…

  • Some Quick Facts About Independently Publishing Your Book

      Those of us who write books can all see it clearly: the world of publishing is in a state of flux. Independent authors are popping up ever more frequently, and there are numerous reasons for it. Why? Because writers want to maintain control over their own projects. Because writers want to immerse themselves into all aspects of the publishing process, from conception of story to editing to designing the cover to marketing and promoting their novels themselves. And, because writers write as a hobby, something they do on the side and not as their sole livelihood; perhaps they don’t want the hassle of everything that can come with traditional…

  • Overworked? Overweary? Overstressed? Take A Day Trip. It Does Wonders.

    There are a plethora of reasons why we need to get away from it all, if only for a few hours. We are overworked, overstressed, overweary, overextended, overtaxed, overstimulated—just plain over it. And thus, the good “doctor,” whomever that may be—a friend, a spouse, a mother, a father, a child, a healthcare provider—tells us to step away from the demanding rigors of our lives and take a day for ourselves. Coincidentally, it also happens that I showed my feature writing class the film “Roman Holiday,” a film in which Audrey Hepburn, playing a princess from a nameless country, decides she’s had enough, and takes her chances as she goes incognito…