Granted by Michelle Merrill

I just spent far too much time ignoring my children to read Granted by Michelle Merrill. Granted is unique, it’s clean, it’s just-one-more-chapter-before-I-sleep engaging. If only I had my own genie to grant my wish for book two to be published already!

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June 30, 2016

Pornography – A Pernicious Enemy

I may be in the minority when I say literature that leaves little to the sexual imagination pisses me off. Books where teenage girls swoon after and give their bodies to boys who treat them like crap make me seethe.

June 26, 2016

Remember the WHY in Complicated Plots

If you’re writing a story with a complicated plot line (or living a complicated plot line yourself) how do you keep your character moving toward their end goal?

It’s simple. Remember the WHY.

May 4, 2016

We Just Want to be Scene and Heard

Sometimes I seem almost normal. But then I remember that normal people don’t write their own definitions for “scene” while sitting in a parking lot waiting for kids to come out of school. But that’s what I did this week… for fun.

January 13, 2015

WOW! Flash Fiction Contest Runner-Up

“You’re not my Mommy!”

My gaze flicked to the rear-view mirror. A few blonde hairs stuck to her wet cheeks as she glared at me with all the defiance she could muster. I looked back to the road, biting the inside of my cheek. She’s only three, I reminded myself, and that parenting book said it’s normal to test boundaries. Healthy, even.

November 11, 2014

Anaphorically Speaking

I’m back in college, probably a manifestation of my mid-life unraveling. It’s been an interesting experience being one of the “old ladies” in a sea of 19 year olds, but it gives me a little bit of an edge that I didn’t have my first go-around. I’ve never had more fun in school.

September 11, 2014

Picture Book Love (and a giveaway!)

Believe me, I tried to use Rafflecopter. The fancy-pants program just hates my website, my plugins, my face… I don’t know, but I cannot figure it out. I still want to give away a free copy of my new picture book, Bojo the Boogery Bugger. So I’ll keep it simple: Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 on July 15th, and you’ll be entered to win.

July 9, 2014

Is Scrivener right for you?

As a part-time writer, I have to be completely organized and ready to WRITE the moment I sit down to do so. I can’t wait until I’m in the mood. I don’t have time to re-read the first six chapters of my novel to catch up to what I should be writing today. If I re-read yesterdays writing, I will certainly be revising instead of writing.

June 27, 2014

How NOT to Publish a Picture Book

I self-published a children’s picture book this month, and I did everything wrong. There was no pre-release buzz, no relentless marketing to everyone in my contact list, no scheduled blog tour. I don’t have a decent Goodreads author’s page. For heaven’s sake, I didn’t even announce it on this blog until now.

And… I’m okay with that.

June 14, 2014

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill

All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend.

May 8, 2014