News from the Island 

April 9, 2019

Well, the day I’ve been anxiously waiting for is finally here:

The Sound of Drowning is now available!

The book that I spent so many months working on is now out there in the world for readers to discover and hopefully fall in love with. It’s an emotional, twisty, and co...

October 9, 2017

I was so lucky this year to be able to choose two Pitch Wars mentees! I'd fallen in love with two very different books sharing a common thread - they are both YA contemporaries dealing with tough topics in their own unique way. The humor and quirkiness of THE ART OF IN...

September 24, 2017

I wanted to introduce you all to my fabulous #PitchWars mentee, the beautiful and talented, Kacey Vanderkarr. When I first read her manuscript, I stayed up until 1 am and ugly-cried at the end. Her story is a beautiful, chaotic tornado—it sucks you in and won’t let you...

September 12, 2017

For many years, I received rejections from agents with some variation of this: "While I thought your writing was strong, I ultimately didn't connect with the story the way I'd hoped." 

It was frustrating. I wanted something more specific. Was it something I was doing wr...

July 19, 2017


I’m so excited to be a mentor this year for Pitch Wars!

First, I just wanted to say that I know exactly how you all feel. I applied to be a Pitch Wars mentee in 2013 and 2014, but didn’t make the cut. You’ve all been working hard on your queries and manuscripts an...

June 4, 2017

My blog post today is inspired by a recent contest I entered with an unpublished manuscript. This is a novel that is currently on submission with my agent, has been through a comprehensive revision process with my agent and two of her literary interns, and gone through...

April 23, 2017

I’d never thought much about contests until I became a writer and joined RWA (Romance Writers of America). Almost immediately, I started receiving notices from various RWA chapters about their contests. They had cool names and promised great things, and hey, I love rec...

March 27, 2017

This week, I submitted to my agent what I hope will be the final version of my latest manuscript. Thinking back to other books I’ve written over the past ten years, I realize my revision process has changed and improved A LOT. It’s partly because people tend to get bet...

February 6, 2017

Before becoming an author, I worked full time with an environmental engineering firm. I was in a senior position, working on environmental impact assessments. I was also a mother of three small children and managing a number of projects and employees. It was a lot to b...

January 17, 2017

Certain things have become synonymous with the New Year—fireworks, the ball dropping in Times Square, sharing a kiss at midnight and setting resolutions.

A resolution is defined as a “firm decision to do or not do something” and I hate them. I’m almost 47 years old and...

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