children's writer

Camp NaNoWriMo

May 30, 2012
Hello! So a few days ago I decided to sign up for Camp NaNo because I thought it would be a great way to finally start working on my WIP again. For those of you who are wondering what Camp NaNo is it's actually not that different from it's big brother November NaNoWriMo. The end goal is still the same, a 50,000 word novel in a month. Just like last year this year I am a NaNo rebel since the project I'll be working on isn't a new one.

I've already written up the query. I actually shared another version of it a few months back. It's a little longer than it needs to be, and I'm sure it still needs some work. I'm still going to share it anyway because I need dome help from you guys in picking an appropriate title.

As of now it's being called AMERICA'S SWEETHEART.


In a city like New York some girls will kill for fame.

Seventeen-year-old Marylyn Greyer will be on the first Greyhound bus out of Dunmore, Virginia, on her eighteenth birthday. She’s going to be a famous actress on Broadway. Marylyn’s life is anything but glamorous. She lives at home with her momma and her new boyfriend, a filthy drunk who can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Everyday Marylyn reminds herself that things are going to get better once she leaves Dunmore.

With only one suitcase and two thousand dollars to her name, Marylyn leaves for the bus terminal the morning of her 18th. Her only goodbye was the letter she slipped under her momma’s bedroom door. But after only a few days of being in the Big Apple, Marylyn begins to realize that it takes more than just a pretty face and natural born talent to be a star. To make matters worse, she’s running out of money fast.

Marylyn’s luck changes when she gets a job as a waitress at a popular restaurant. There she meets a smooth talking, handsome young man by the name of Connor Mason. Connor is smart, mystifying, and introduces her to some of the high movers and shakers of New York. Connor believes in Marylyn, tells her she can have the world if she wants, and she believes him. So when he tells her his murderous plan to bring down his closest ally, one of New York’s golden boys, and someone he deems an informant, Marylyn has to make a choice. She can stand by Connor and finally get the recognition she deserves and possibly a lifetime in prison, or give up on her dreams of being someone and go back to her old life in Dunmore.

I've come up with three titles for this novel, but I'm not sure which suits the story the best. Here's what I have so far:
  1. America's Sweetheart (current title)
  2. Girl of the Hour
  3. The Belle of 42nd Street
  4. Other (if you have another title suggestion)
I do know that if this novel ever gets published the title might still change anyway, but I've heard that a stunning title might also help catch the eye of an agent. *wink, wink*

Thanks for reading or stopping by in advance. 

Kreativ Blogger Award

May 29, 2012
Hey guys. I received a very lovely award the other day from Rachel who blogs at Writing on the Wall. Thanks Rachel.

To accept the award these are the rules I must follow:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Answer the ten questions below
3. Share ten random facts/thoughts about yourself
4. Nominate seven worthy blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award
What is your favorite song/singer?
I have so many favorite songs, but I'll always love Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks. I feel like it's a song that a lot of young girls and guys can relate to. I'm also a huge fan of theme songs from TV shows. I love I don't Want to Wait by Paula Cole, which some of you may know as the song from Dawson's Creek, a show I never watched. But I love the song.
What's your favorite dessert?
I have so many. Dessert is my favorite meal. Lets see, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cake, and I also really love looking at pictures of French macrons.
What ticks you off?
I absolutely hate bad customer service. I hate it to the point where I will stop shopping at a store if a sales person is rude to me.
When you're upset what do you do?
When I'm upset I like to spend some time alone, just thinking. Sometimes I might have a cookie or two.
Which is/was your favorite pet?
I used to have a pet hamster named Ming, but he passed away. I also really like kittens, puppies, and baby bunnies. I always said if I ever got a dog it would be an American Cocker Spaniel, like in Lady and the Tramp.
Which do you prefer black or white?
Everyone looks good in black, so I'll say black.
What is your biggest fear?
The zombie apocalypse.
What is your attitude mostly?
I think I'm generally a nice, friendly person. I do prefer to spend a lot of my time alone lost in my own daydreams.
What is perfection?
I agree with Rachel on this. If something's good enough for you than it's as perfect as it's going to get.
What is your guilty pleasure?
The internet, the internet, the internet. The Office, TV in general, and horror movies. I also enjoy watching videos on YouTube, daydreaming, fashion blogs, hair blogs, lurking on the writing forums, reading horoscopes, and pretty new books.

Now I have to choose seven others:

Darci Cole
Ghenet Myrthil
Jenny Kaczorowski
Linda Jackson
Ilima Todd
Jennifer Hoffine

Click over if you want and check out their blogs.

Dust It off Bloghop: What I've Learned

May 7, 2012
If you're looking for my Writer's Voice entry you can find it here.

It's day three of the Dust It off Bloghop, and I'm supposed to share what I've learned. Wow, where do I begin. IT ALL FALLS DOWN was the third novel I'd ever attempted to write, and I definitely saw a major improvement in my writing. Unlike my first two attempted novels I didn't get very far in it, but it was the first one that got a little attention.

I lurked on forums and blogs and learned how to write a pitch and a query letter. I got feedback from other writers on sites like Inkpop that said even though my writing was good it still needed work, and those were the types of comments that pushed me to work even harder. They really helped me grow as a writer, even though at the time they wounded my ego.

They say it takes at least ten years to become really good at something, but in the two years and some that I've been writing seriously I've learned so much already. I'm a lot more confident. Criticism doesn't make me squirm as much as it use to, and I truly feel like this is it. Writing children's and teen fiction is what I'm meant to do because I enjoy doing it.

When I think about the characters and places I could create, that's the best feeling in the world.

Thanks again Theresa and Cortney for putting this bloghop together. It was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Thanks to everyone who followed and commented. It really means a lot to me.

Dust It off Bloghop: The Excerpt

May 5, 2012
If you're looking for my Writer's Voice entry you can find it here

Today is day two of the Dust It off Bloghop, and we're supposed to share a 300-350 word excerpt from the novel we chose to dust off. The excerpt that I'm sharing is from a novel I started in 2010 that I'm now calling IT ALL FALLS DOWN.

In this excerpt twelve-year-old Olivia and her best friend Alison have made plans to runaway together. Well, at least Olivia has. It's written in diary entries, and Milo's Olivia's cat by the way. 


12:00 pm

So now I’m on the swing set, but the seats are for five year olds, and I keep getting stuck. If anyone finds this journal they need to know that there are one million and one houses on this street. A new one pops up every day but it’s still quiet. Like the vacuum cleaner my mother used this morning sucked up everyone. But I bet she’d be happy about that because she hates our neighbors.

And just in case you get lost, but you shouldn’t, my house is the one with the gnomes in front. Their heads are missing, but Milo and I like them better that way. I keep this journal underneath the doormat, out back. My handwritings okay so this should be easy to read.

Alison, my bike, and I will be long gone by then. She agreed to come with me this time. We pinkie promised. And everyone knows that when you break a pinkie promise bad things happen. Like last year when Mrs. Brinkley’s son, from across the street, pinkie promised me I could ride his bike, and he didn’t. I shoved him hard, and he fell onto his elbows.

They moved him far away, the pinkie promise gods, just like everyone else.

5:30 pm

My dad’s a robot. That’s what I think. He doesn’t function properly unless my mother’s around. We almost made it out the garage door before he came in. We would have made it even further if my mother hadn’t come in, followed by Milo. And with Milo there I knew I couldn’t leave without an explanation.

But Alison doesn’t think we would have made it very far because next to being a robot, my dad was a star athlete on his school’s track team. 

Dust It off Bloghop: The Pitch

May 3, 2012

Hey guys. Today I'm participating in the Dust It off Bloghop that's being hosted by Theresa Paolo and Cortney Pearson.

The manuscript I chose to dust off has been sitting in my trunk since 2010. I recently resurrected it to see if I could get it back on track again. I talked about it once before on this blog. It was called ALICE and OLIVIA, but I've given it a new title, IT ALL FALLS DOWN.

I came up with the pitch back in 2010 when I thought this novel was the one. I still love the premise, but I have a feeling that the pitch still needs a little fine tuning.


Twelve-year-old Olivia’s obsession with her best friend, Alison, and the magic blue pills that seem to make Alison invisible, becomes problematic as she struggles to accept that her only friend doesn't exist. 

Thanks Cortney and Theresa for hosting.