We are now three weeks into our quarantine. Three weeks into homeschooling, three weeks into food and supply rationing, three weeks into shutting off the news because I simply can't take one more ounce of doom and gloom. My mood fluctuates. Some days I feel like we're doing okay, like we're getting things down, that … Continue reading COVID-19 + Quarantine = Writer’s Block?
There's no new #historyfriday post today because today I finally get to tell you about some non-history related news! I am excited to share that my debut novel, If It Rains, will be released in Summer 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers! In case you're not an avid reader of Publisher's Weekly, here's the blurb released earlier this week: I … Continue reading A Little Bit of News
If you've ever walked the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, floated down the Mississippi River with Huck, or braved the stares of Puritan America with Hester--all without leaving the comfort of your house--then you understand the sheer magic of books. What you might not understand, however, is the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that … Continue reading Authors Are People, Too
The Essex was a lucky ship, or so the old-timers used to say. Although old and small, her previous whaling voyages had been disproportionately successful (and--more importantly--profitable), especially the last one, in which George Pollard Jr. and Owen Chase had done so well, they had earned their promotions to captain and first mate, respectively. So … Continue reading Call Me George
Beginning with the Stock Market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, as it would later be called, swept across the United States, plunging much of the country into an unprecedented state of poverty. Crop prices fell by 60%. Construction projects and manufacturing ground to a standstill. Unemployment wavered between 25-33%. And, out west, in the … Continue reading Suicide Sal and the Barrow Gang
I did it. After several years of cowering in fear at the very thought, I successfully completed my very first #NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in 30 days. Yes, you read that right. 50,000 ever-loving words in 30 stressful, sleep-less days. You know when you're either really distracted or really tired, and you have to go somewhere … Continue reading #NaNoWriMo, Post-Op
Hi, all! Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that this page may be updated less frequently during the month of November due to NaNoWriMo. I'm finally doing this year! Or I'm going to die trying! For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place … Continue reading I’m NaNo’ing!
When I was growing up, I wanted to be a news reporter. Other kids my age idolized Michael Jordan or Chuck Norris or Debbie Gibson (yes, I'm dating myself here). I, on the other hand, worshiped Jane Pauley. At only ten years old, I never missed an episode of Dateline and would spend hours conducting … Continue reading Lost Dreams and Found Hope
In 1935, facing mounting pressure from Congress about the "Dust Bowl" problem, and thanks in part to Hugh Bennett's passionate plea to save the Plains, President Roosevelt created the Resettlement Administration. The main purpose of this entity was to give a buy-out, about seven hundred dollars per family, for people affected by the drought and … Continue reading “This rusty car creaking along the highway to the west…”
I never thought I'd be able to write one of these posts. Four years, three manuscripts, hundreds of rejections...and today I can finally announce to the world that I am now represented by Natalie Grazian of Martin Literary Management. The road to this moment was long and twisty and not as much fun as I … Continue reading How I (finally) Got My Agent