Sunday, February 9, 2014


I have this thing with Victoria Secret.  I guess we all pick our battles and this is one that I've picked.  I get that the world is in need of lingerie and so I'm not against them as a retail store but I feel that the way they choose to market their product is polluting the minds of our children.  I won't get into the details... because they're messy and controversial and that's not what this post is about, but what I'm trying to say is that I feel this surge of energy to try to change what I think is wrong in the world.  I want to make a difference.  I want to stand up for what's right.  My mind goes wild with thoughts, ideas and possibilities and then I try to move.  I try to put those thoughts into action and its like... well its like I'm standing in quicksand. 

I write clean teen fiction.  I feel passionate about this because I know from first-hand experience that every teen in the world needs a place where they can look for a good example... a moral hero.  And I also know from first-hand experience that there is a ton of garbage in the world that is standing in the way of the good.  So I write.  I write with purpose.  I write with the hope and the intent that my readers will see the good choices of my characters and how it positively affects their lives and I hope with every breath that I take that it will stick.  That it will do some good.  But writing books is hard and marketing books  feels impossible.  And right now I'm standing in the middle of that quicksand trying so hard to move forward but mostly I just feel like I'm sinking. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Write a Book and Be a Mom... at the same time?

Okay, not all the kids in the photo are mine but I do have three kids under the age of six and I'm desperately trying to figure out how to make this all work.  I used to write after my kids went to sleep but three kids leave me trying to catch my breath at the end of the day and if I can still hold my head up by the time they're asleep then opening up my computer and punching out a novel (while totally fun) tends to get nudged down the priority list (below clean the house, check my email and shave my legs...ha ha ha, as if).

So what's the answer?  How do I take care of three growing kids and finish my three book series at the same time?  Oh you probably thought this was a "How to" post.  Nope, it's a question.