Writing Ideas

I’m often asked “how do you get so many ideas for stories? Where do they come from?”  They come from… being absent-minded. I know it sounds embarrassing. But it’s the truth.  When I’m staring out the window (looking at clouds or wondering where the mailman is at), gardening, even showering…TMI?). Anytime my mind as the…

Virtual Traveling

When I was about eleven years old, in Mrs. Morgan’s class, I had to pick a place to do a social studies report on. Part of that involved requesting travel guides from the place we selected. I picked the United States Virgin Islands (I was obsessed with beach life at the time). In class we…

The Truth About Writing 

A few days ago, as I wrote, something profound came to me. Writing is not JUST writing. Yes, you can sit down and write a story. But, everything before and after is what makes writing… WRITING. Writing is about the great books you read. It’s about the horrible books you read. Writing is about the…

Stages of Receiving an R/R

I recently received a revise and re-submit option from an agent. I wanted to share with other writers what it was like to receive such an awesome email. Reading the email Realizing what I just read The feeling of it sinking in Can I do the revision? Yes I can do it! Oh no, I…

Writing Stew

As I made my first vegan stew the other night (it turned out excellent, after some fixes), I realized how much writing is like cooking. Take for example my vegan stew. I took what I knew it needed, then kind of experimented the rest of the way through. As with writing you might have the…

I Must Write….

I stopped writing. I just gave it up, suddenly. It was towards the end of October. I had sent my latest manuscript to my agent, and then as though I had stepped on the handle of a shovel, the metal scoop came flying up and knocked the writing right out of my head. We always…

The Upcoming of SEND

I have mentioned in a few prior post that my latest middle grade WIP has been an amazing story of beauty to write. It has been, mostly, my only focus this summer. It’s been in the 90’s here in Phoenix as we are mid-way through October, so I am saying it’s still summer (I MISS…

Seeing Differently

I’m working on the final edits for my middle grade novel, and diving into two prior picture books that I have set aside for about four months. Upon my return to their story I have edited, and tried something new. I made a small 32 page book and took EACH sentence and cut it out…

Facts About the Writer in Me

I read the author bio on the jacket flap at least 3 times in the course of the book. (Before I buy it, mid-way through, and once I finish). I watch movies and think about how it would have played out as words on a page. New story ideas come to me when I’m writing…

Author Interview with Jane Haseldine – THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM

Your writing comes off so well that several times I stopped reading and wondered, gosh did she really have this happen to her in real life! Do ideas come to you that you DIDN’T experience as a journalist? First of all, thank you, Savannah! That’s a very kind thing to say. I definitely used my…

Keeping Your Book On Their Minds

Unless your book is becoming a movie, you will most likely see sales fall after the release hype has died off. It’s important to keep people talking about your book in order to make sure the sales don’t forever see the bottom of the cliff. I have picked up a few pointers along the way…

I’m There, But I’m Not

I was apartment hunting in Mobile, Alabama the other day. I was looking for a place with a pool, and a dishwasher, that was built before 1990. I also needed it to be near downtown, close enough to walk to. I spent a good hour or so online looking for just the right place, for…