Friday, August 18, 2017

STILL THE SONG's New Cover!

Have you seen the newly designed cover for STILL THE SONG? Well, here it is!




I am proud to say that I designed it myself. I'm very pleased with the way it came together, and it looks much more like a part of my brand. When compared to PAPER WALLS, you can tell that both of these books are by the same author, and that's what I wanted.

This cover is made from a photo I took in Pennsylvania in 2010, just like the old cover. It was taken in Core Creek Park, the park Oak Lake Park is based off of in the book.

So there you have it! The revamped STILL THE SONG! I hope you like it!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

PAPER WALLS Book Soundtrack


Photo credit: Teresa Kluge // Unsplash

Music is a monumental part of my everyday life. I'm almost always listening to music. Like right now (LANY, of course). So, naturally, music plays a huge part in my writing. As I write a book, I build a playlist on Spotify that I feel fits the mood and the themes in the book. Sometimes a song will even inspire a scene. It helps me get into the heads of the characters and bring them to life in a much deeper way. Then it's easier to convey what they feel, and really get their pain/joy/anger/fear/etc across. If I had to pick one theme song for PAPER WALLS, it would be "Pieces" by Andrew Belle.

Just like with STILL THE SONG, I have compiled a playlist on Spotify that coincides with the book. It's not as perfectly ordered scene by scene like my STS playlist, but most, if not all of the songs fit into parts of the book. If you would like to get an inkling of what I wanted the book to feel like, if you want to know what I listened to while I wrote the book, if you want to get a deeper look into the characters, or if you'd just like to listen to some great music, check out my playlist!





Note: None of the above artists are at all affiliated with me or my book. All songs listed are the property of their respective artists, and have only been compiled for entertainment purposes. ;)



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PAPER WALLS is here!

Today is the day! It's finally here! I'm so pleased to announce the release of PAPER WALLS! Thank you so much for all of your support and your love on this journey!


What is PAPER WALLS about?

Cole MacHendrick is all mystery and gloom. And he’s about to change Leighton’s life…whether he likes it or not.

When Leighton Tucker goes off to college alongside her best friends, Quinn and Wesley, she isn’t quite prepared for Cole—her beautiful but rude psych project partner. As Cole lets his guard slip, Leighton finds herself caring for the broken boy with a secret past.

Despite Cole’s warnings, Leighton dives in blindly, hoping to heal him the way he’s healing her. But will she ever get to see who he really is? Or will the darkness Cole carries obliterate everything?

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Paper Walls is finished!

I finished Paper Walls!

Okay, just the first draft. But still! That is the biggest step in the entire process. It's the bones of the story. For me, it's the part that takes the longest.

After a year and seven months, I have 114,810 words. And now it's time for the editing stage!




I'm so excited to have completed my story! It's easy to worry that somewhere along the way, I'll lose the story, or hit a dry spot and find out that there's nothing more to write, leaving the story severely lacking and unfinished. But I stuck with it, I pushed past the writer's block on several occasions, and I finished it! 

The work isn't over yet, of course. It took me five months to edit and format Still the Song. But since it was my first novel, a lot of that time was spent teaching myself to literally build my entire interior and cover. 

I've really fallen in love with Paper Walls. I actually can't decide which of my two novels I love more. I didn't think it was possible to create anything after Still the Song that I could have such a passion for. I couldn't fathom loving any of my characters the way I love Jonah and Hannah. But here I am, so sad to be done with my late nights of creating the stories of Cole, Leighton, Wesley, Quinn, and Delaney. I hope you love them too! 

Paper Walls is still set for a fall release. I will be revealing the cover this summer!