Monday, May 2, 2016

Death by Post-it

I'm likely to be found buried under a pile of sticky notes. That's right, that's how I'll go: Death by Post-it.

For those who have followed my tweets and posts (at this blog or at The Book Stops Here) in the past few months, you've probably come to the right conclusion. Yes, I'm suffering my worst bout of writers block ever. I've written about visits from my old pal Writers Block before, but this time it's different, something has evolved. Like a virus, Writers Block, whom I've always found a way to get rid of before, has mutated into a new kind of super Block, one I cannot beat for the life of me.

While I still try to write with the mutated Writers Block, every writer will tell you that forced writing, is merely an imitation of writing. That said, while the words are not in my favor, some things in my mind are still working. Much like how they claim Hope to be the last things to leave the human body, it seems Inspiration is the last thing to leave this writer. While I can't seem to put a story together on the laptop, not even at a second grade level, I can still come up with ideas, concepts, and scenes.
So, what happens to writer when they have been infected by a mutated Writers Block virus, but is still able to get inspiration? While being hit with an extreme feed of images on a daily basis, and without the ability to get the images out in a piece of work, the writer may A) go bananas. B) end up creatively dead. Or C, be forced to find a different outlet.

I, refusing to creatively die or go bananas, opted for C. And the answer, my dear Watson, was elementary. Post-its. That's right. The only thing keeping me mentally afloat right now is the multicolored sticky notes, possibly invented by Romy and Michele. Post-its: the prefect size to hold my discombobulated thoughts.

And while they are saving me from dying in a literal sense, I've come to realize they may be the
actual death of me as the probability of me drowning in them grows by the day. There are Post-its everywhere. My car. My purse. My bedroom. My desk. I even found one on my butt yesterday. No idea how long I'd walked around with a pink sticky note reading: "And...a partridge and a pear tree?" (Aston - Chapter 7.) I just hope it ended up there after I went to Walgreens and not before.

I think there comes a time in everyone's life where they approach the cross roads of keep fighting (Right) and moving on (Left). While pondering whether to go right or not, one should simply ask oneself the age-old question: is this really worth me drowning in a pile of Post-its?

My answer: yes, of course it is. Anything worthwhile in life is worth drowning in a pile of Post-its over.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Book Stops Here

For those who don't know, I occasionally also write for a blog formerly known as the Prose & Cons, made up of a community of writers, editors, agents, and weirdos (the latter would be me.)

Recently, the group formerly known as the Prose & Cons, changed their name, and relaunched their site. Nearly each and every member contributed a writing piece to reintroduce themselves.

Without farther ado:

The new and improved The Book Stops Here



Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Between the "rewrites" of project X, and the "writing" of the Sapphire #4 MS, I decided to squeeze in a birthday yesterday.

I had a spectacularly amazing, but low-key day which included: breakfast in bed, Dim Sum, and two orangutans. I could explain, but I'd much rather leave you all wondering how the orangutans came into the picture. I'm not sure how I got to be one year away from the big three-oh. I honestly always planned on just turning twenty-five until I died, but with neither science or biology on my side I guess I have to give up on that dream. Mia-0. Time-1.

Today, it was back to the muddy water of reality. Got up at 6.30 and drank my coffee while starting to "write." ("Writing" = staring at screen while baffled by one's past choices.) As I sat there, "writing", I wondered when my beloved muse would be back, and where she went in the first place. Perhaps she took out her well-earned PTO and went to the Bahamas, or Boca Raton if she's 55+. I then decided to take a break from "writing" to google muses and call my insurance company. (Note that it was not to ask where they thought my muse had gone on vacation. It was a separate matter.)

After lunch, a work out, and this post, I now have four hours left of "writing" time and muse-pondering, before I may call it a day. Wish me luck.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Interviews, Guest Spots & More!

Between writing, life, and other time-consuming things, promo-time is usually not something I have the chance to enjoy. Promo-time, i.e those few months leading up to the new book release, usually involves, but is not limited to, interviews, blog tours, book clubs, count down posts, and guest spots.

Because I'm usually already under emotional stress at that time, I don't remembering much from those months as they whoosh by in a flurry of emails, tweets, and Q & As. Lucky for me, and my stress-induced goldfish memory, I can take a day like today, months after the promo is over to look at what I did while in the "black out" period.

Here or some of the interviews and guests spots from last year. A few of the topics I discuss are: Sentencing Sapphire, growing up in Sweden, and book 4 and 5 of the Sapphire Dubois Series.     

Interviewed by Garrett Calcaterra

Interviewed by Peter Hogenkamp

Book Blitz Excerpt & Interview 

Interviewed by Lily Gardner

Guest Spot at Readful Things

Interviewed by Ash Krafton


Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Holidays

Must say I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays this year. Diversion Books out Stalking Sapphire for free through December, and it was a great Christmas present to watch it climb Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, and Canada.

Between ham cooking, Turkish delight eating, and A Christmas Story watching, I spent the rest of the holidays finishing the final chapters of Sapphire's #4's rough draft, and yelling "Mush! Mush!" at my #1 Beta Reader until he finished reading the latest draft of Project X.

Now, unfortunately, I have rough, and I do mean rough, draft in one hand, and a long list of major notes, that I have no idea how to implement into a fifth draft, in the other. This of course means months and months of rewriting a head of me, which in turn means a lot of fun, laughter, and joy in front of the old lap top...said no writer ever.

Despite the work load and the slight panicky feel it brings, I'm looking forward to 2016's payoffs. Sapphire #4 will be out and about later this year. And, hopefully, I'll get to introduce a new, and dear character to my readers.

I hope everyone will have a prosperous 2016; you all deserve it!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


In the spirit of the holidays, Diversion Books have decide to make book #1 in the Sapphire Dubois Mystery Series, STALKING SAPPHIRE, free!

As of today, Stalking Sapphire, will be free on both Amazon, and iBooks. The deal will only last through December so make sure to download your very own copy now.


 Kindle/Amazon Readers

Get Your Copy Here 






iBooks/iPad/iPhone Readers

Get Your Copy Here

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Interview with Author Garrett Calcaterra


Garrett Calcaterra is author of the YA fantasy series The Dreamwielder Chronicles. His other full-length books include The Roads to Baldairn Motte and Umbral Visions. When not writing or
teaching, he enjoys playing guitar in his band Wheel House, hiking with his two dogs, quaffing good beer, and enjoying life with his wife and best friend, Mandy.

The Interview

Souldrifter, the sequel to your YA fantasy, Dreamwielder, just came out. On a scale of puking-your-guts-out nervous to Tom-Cruise-on-Oprah’s-couch ecstatic, how do you feel?

Definitely more excited than nervous, but not nearly as excited as when the first book came out a few years ago. What I learned from that first one is that it’s a lot of damn work to market and promote a new book as an unknown author. So I’m excited, but also determined to put all the work in to make sure readers actually hear about the book.

You’ve been doing a book club on Wattpad for Dreamwielder. Since the comments on Wattpad come in unedited, has anything the Wattpad-ers said ever shocked you?

Ha! You know, for years I’ve taught creative writing to high school students who tend to be very blunt, so I don’t think any comment could shock me anymore. And the readers on Wattpad have been great. For the most part the comments on my work have been overwhelmingly positive. Wattpad readers compare my writing to George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones quite often, and a few weeks ago, someone even compared my writing to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s. Can’t complain about that. 

You have two dogs—I don’t know their names, so I’m going to call them Biscuit and Bob Hope. Do Biscuit and Bob Hope ever demand your attention while you’re writing and, if so, what do they do to get it?
Garrett, Jack & Jager (aka: Biscuit & Bob Hope)

I do indeed have two dogs. Their real names are Jager and Jack, but I like Biscuit and Bob Hope, so let’s stick with that. And yes, they absolutely demand my attention. Jager…er Biscuit rather, will nuzzle me under the arms to knock my hands off the computer keyboard, and then he’ll put his front paws on my lap. He’s a big dog, a little over 100lbs, so you can’t ignore him. Jack, aka Bob Hope, will just bark at me when he wants to go for a walk, and he’s bigger than Biscuit, so yeah, his bark rattles the walls. 

Being an author of horror as well as fantasy, have you ever scared yourself so badly that you: A) Had to stop writing. B) Peed a little. Or, C) Turned on all the lights and grabbed Biscuit and Bob Hope for protection.
I’ve definitely been known to cuddle with Biscuit and Bob Hope when I’ve had a few too many drinks, but I don’t get scared all that easily, probably because what plays out in my imagination is way worse than anything that happens in real life. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a daydreamer, playing out imagined scenarios in my mind. That’s why I became an author, I guess—so I can bring those daydreams to life.

Do you remember where you were, what you did, and whether or not you were wearing an actual Thinking Cap when you came up with the idea for Dreamwielder?

Actually, it was my mother who came up with the concept for Dreamwielder. She literally dreamt of a young woman sleeping in an opulent castle whose parents were trying to beat down the door, and when they finally did break through and wake her, the castle disappeared in a wisp of fog to reveal a hovel. My mother told me about this dream when I was visiting for the holidays several years ago and it really resonated with me. My imagination took off where hers started and that dream became the opening scene in the book.

Last questions: What is next for you, Garrett? And more importantly, what is next for Biscuit and Bob Hope?

Well, Biscuit and Bob Hope are getting pretty old, so they mostly sleep all day and give me moral support while I write. For my part, I have several projects in the works. There will definitely be a third Dreamwielder book, and then I’m working on something that’s a little darker and geared more towards adults. It’s still in the early stages, so I can’t divulge too much since I don’t know myself, but it’ll be more high-concept than the Dreamwielder books, yet have the same break-neck pacing and action. At least that’s what I’m aiming for.
A BIG thanks to Garrett for allowing me to interview him! To check out Garrett's novel Dreamwielder and its sequel Souldrifter click HERE