Being A Writer
I am a novelist, freelance writer, and book reviewer who enjoys writing about things on the fringe: teetering dangerously on the edge is much more interesting than standing safely in the middle. I am passionate about social justice and women’s issues. When not lost in words and commas, I’m most likely being snarky with my kids or making gooey desserts for the grandkids.
I am a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association, the Writers’ League of Texas, and Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts.
I am so excited to be working with Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts, whose mission is to give voice to the stories of women who have suffered trauma from war, providing healing and simultaneously documenting social injustice. Also see Women, War, and What They Fed the Children.
I volunteer with RAICES Texas, assisting women and children with applying for asylum in the U.S., and I belong to 500 Pens, an anti-hate news project (in coordination with the Southern Poverty Law Center).
Fun Facts About Me:
I’m crazy about noisy clocks, fuzzy blankets, anything pink, music boxes, and all things Santa Claus. I love shopping for purses (not the expensive kind), nightgowns, and flip-flops. I’ve been a bibliophile since I was six. And I HATE the word normal.
Most Recent Book:
My novel Life Before was released February 12, 2016.
Mini Description: Two women separated by a century each discover they’ve shared a soul. Elaine suddenly experiences life as a reformed 1907 prostitute determined to stop Dallas’s dangerous sex trade. But she’s terrified when her life becomes entwined with Eliza’s crusade one-hundred years earlier. Until she uses history to change the future.
Recent empty-nester Elaine Dearborn suddenly experiences her prior life as a 1907 reformed prostitute, on a mission to shut down Dallas’s flourishing sex trade. Elaine’s life in the present becomes more and more intertwined with Eliza’s crusade one-hundred years earlier, and Elaine is tormented by the very real possibility that she’s losing her mind. That is until she learns the truth about her past, and what it will mean for her future.
Blog- The View From Here:
My current blog series – The Successful Failure – My Oxymoronic Publishing Journey – summarizes and analyzes my last nine years as a writer and what I’ve learned to increase my chances for success. You can also find it on Medium.
Otherwise, I post about random issues. Some are funny, some are sad, some are painful. Many are about kids and family. I also post book reviews and articles relevant to the writing life.
My article Don’t Go It Alone – An Introvert’s Guide to Building a Writing Community was featured in the March 2017 edition of The Writer magazine.
My article The Genius Behind Story Genius – Ten Writing Insights From Brain Science Guru Lisa Cron was featured in the August 2017 issue of The Writer magazine.