ShiMMer 2019

I just wanted to give a quick impression of ShiMMer 2019, the fabulous MM romance event I attended in Birmingham, UK last weekend. It was an absolute success for me, and I’ll definitely be back next time.

Bringing swag is always a bit of a hassle and challenge when you’re flying in, so a big banner wasn’t an option for me. But I think my set up turned out really well, and readers seemed to appreciate the swag I brought because I almost ran out of all of it.

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The Story Behind The Time of My Life

I’ve been sharing how I developed the ideas for my books, because readers often ask: “Where do you get all the ideas for stories?” Today, I’ll be talking a little about The Time of My Life, my next gay romance that will be released soon.

I actually wrote The Time of my Life before I wrote No Filter, the first book in the No Shame Series. It’s been sitting for a while on my Mac, patiently awaiting me being ready to edit it. Somehow, it didn’t feel like the right time yet. I wanted to do the No Shame series first, knowing I could release these quickly and not make readers wait too long. But now the time had come to finish this story and share Denver and Judah, the two main characters, with the world. Continue reading “The Story Behind The Time of My Life”

Where Do You Get All The Ideas For Stories? (No Shame Series)

I think this is the question fiction writers get asked most often: “Where do you get all the ideas for stories?” My answer is usually a very short, but unhelpful: “Everywhere.”

It is true, though. I do get ideas from stories from everything and everywhere… Continue reading “Where Do You Get All The Ideas For Stories? (No Shame Series)”

7 Unique Struggles Authors Face

I’m not the type to complain, but in this post, I thought I’d share some unique struggles authors face. Seriously, there needs to be a self-help book on this…or some kind of support system. The struggle is real, people, I’m telling you.

1. Deleting Words

Part of being an author is self-editing and that means ruthlessly deleting words that don’t belong in our manuscript. When they’re empty filler words (my favorite seems to be ‘just’), that’s one thing, but sometimes we have to delete whole paragraphs or even entire scenes. Ouch! I’m telling you, that physically aches. Continue reading “7 Unique Struggles Authors Face”

My Plan For 2018

‘Tis the season for planning and making goals, and I am no exception. I’ve sworn off New Year’s resolutions years ago, but I do make a yearly plan for world domination every year.

I gotta say that last year’s primary goal—I think I worded it as “finally publish a damn romance like you’ve been wanting for years”—did work out pretty well. As a matter of fact, I published three, so how’s that for over-achieving?

This year, the goal is to do more of that. Much more.

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When a Dream Comes True…

I wanted to be a writer since I was fourteen years old. I still have them, the stories I typed on my mom’s typewriter, painstakingly fixing mistakes with that white stuff I can’t remember the name of. They’re adorable, filled with teen angst and hopelessly romantic events. I smile every time I read them, because they’re so sweet…and they were the very first beginning of my writing career. Continue reading “When a Dream Comes True…”

Battling Imposter Syndrome

I think all writers will recognize this undeniable truth: writing is scary as hell. Well, technically, it’s not so much the writing that’s scary, but letting others read what you’ve written. You put so much of yourself in those words, aside from all the blood, sweat, and tears, that submitting all that to someone else’s judgment is horrifying. At least, it is to me.

To me, there’s a thin line between what I write and who I am. Maybe over time, I will develop thicker skin, but I’ve heard and seen many writers express the same sentiments. There’s even a word for it, though it doesn’t specifically relate to writers only: Imposter Syndrome. It’s described as the constant fear of being exposed as a fraud. Continue reading “Battling Imposter Syndrome”