When I worked with teenagers we’d get giant ice cream shakes as a special treat. These were seriously massive, spilling-over-the-top, shakes in every flavor with every possible mix-in imaginable. But these were only on rare occasions when they truly earned something special. Most of the girls got some sort of Snickers, Reeces, or Kit Kat shake giving themselves an … More Strawberry Ice Cream Facts
I’ve been away from writing since the end of my book tour. And I’m not sorry. Since beginning the publishing process of Breathing Water in January of 2015 and then immediately following it up by publishing Surface Tension this summer I have been all books all the time. My head is swimming with mermaids. Pun absolutely intended. While … More Here I Am!!
2016 Surface Tension Book Tour Recap And by recap I mean me going omg omg omg I can’t believe I got to do this magical thing for a second time and that I’ve published TWO books!! This post will be long, it will be full of pictures, I don’t apologize! Columbus, OH I started the … More Surface Tension Book Tour
Suicide is a topic that has been so taboo for too long and lately it is bursting into the spotlight for some attention to prevention. Good. It’s about time. I’ve never shared my story with more than a couple people because I always felt like people who talk about “the one time I almost killed myself” … More We All Struggle
Part of being an author is speaking to groups of people about the themes of our work. I went to an extremely uplifting talk by my favorite author, Elizabeth Gilbert, about living creatively. I was motivated to write the shit out of everything after that. For me as an author, this means talking to … More Mormons are Excellent Public Speakers
In light of my recent Postal debauchery I thought I’d dig up a story from my old blog and share. A post about the current asinine events will be coming shortly. In the mean time, look at how ridiculous this fiasco was. P.S. All the links to my old blog still work, don’t judge the quality, it was my … More The Thieving Post Office
At the book launch party for Surface Tension I set up a coloring table. I thought it would be fun. A casual option for entertainment. I had no idea what this little activity would turn into. It was a huge success…to say the very least. It looked like everyone was taking the freaking S.A.T.’s. For three hours … More Coloring Contest
Alternate title: Writing and talking, impossible! One of my most favorite experiences of my entirety on Earth was my 2015 book tour for Breathing Water. I love connecting with people and talking about my work, their work, and spending a little time with strangers discussing books. I’m whatever the super opposite of an introverted is. There is a … More Book Signing Fail
Chapter 1 Santiago “Journals!” Santi squealed. “Mommi, it’s Abuela’s journals.” She lifted the small black book into the dusty sunlight of the attic window. Celia glanced up from the photo album she was looking through and sighed. “Put them back.” She spoke in English, which startled Santi so much she almost dropped the book. Never … More Surface Tension Chapter One
Surface Tension is only THREE weeks away form it’s nationwide release on July 17th!! Until then, these two lucky winners get an autographed copy before they can buy it. rhies2 and geekingreen Congratulations!! I’ll be contacting you personally with details. Everyone else, don’t forget you can preorder your copy for delivery to your home or … More Giveaway Winners!!