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Prisons of Purple: Official Release Date

Since releasing Pieces of Pink in March of 2020, I've been hard at work on the next installment in the Color Code series. Today, I'm excited to announce that Prisons of Purple will officially hit shelves on January 26, 2021.

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My Top 3 Author Pipe Dreams

I think it's safe to say that most fiction writers are dreamers. We talk to our imaginary friends in the shower, sketch out maps for our make-believe worlds, learn to speak our own fictional languages, and develop wild histories that often don't even make it into our finished manuscripts. So naturally, we imagine equally fantastic circumstances for our futures. And today, I'm going to share my top three author pipe dreams with you.

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New Posting Schedule!

I've been hard at work on Prisons of Purple (the second book in the Color Code series) these past few months. And because of that, I've been cutting down on the number of posts and updates on the blog section of this site. But don't worry, I'll still be posting on the third Tuesday of every month.

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I’m Slowly Becoming the Resident Author of my Tiny Hometown …

In the Finger Lakes Region of New York, there exists a tiny town that is home to approximately 2,200 people. Nestled in a valley beside a lovely (if not somewhat sea-weedy) lake, my town boasts it's very own park, post office, pizza shop, (and if you count the neighboring tiny town, population: 2,500) dive bar, and convenience store. And now, they have their very own author ... who writes some really weird shit.

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My New Favorite Movie: Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale”

It's 4:00 in the morning, and I am completely rewriting the post I had planned for today. Why? Because I watched "The Nightingale," written and directed by Jennifer Kent. And, wow. I absolutely loved it.

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Week 15: Drafting Your Book Blurb

After you've spent months churning out a novel, the thought of condensing it down into a few short paragraphs for the back of your book may feel a little bit daunting. But you can actually create a quick draft of your book blurb relatively early in the publishing process. There are just a few things you'll need.

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A Crash Course in Outlining: The W.I.P. Workbook

A few weeks ago during a particularly nasty bout of (dare I say it?) writer's block, I stepped back and spent some time analyzing my outline process. To be clear, I'm a natural "pantser," but if you want to publish novels on any sort of regular basis, at some point, you're just going to have to break down and work on your outlines. So, I did. And in so doing, I developed the skeleton for a W.I.P. Workbook.

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5 Conversations I Had With My Husband While Social Distancing This Week

From neighbors throwing a dead carp over the fence, to the digestive capabilities of Tolkien's orcs, we've pretty much covered it all.

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What Lurks Offscreen: A Look at What’s Really Happening in My Instagram Photos

I recently broke down and created an author Instagram account, and it was certainly eye-opening. From perfectly curated pages to bookstagramers who treat reading like a competitive sport (yes please) it's a colorful new world of book promos and reviews. And damn, those people make books look good! But even with the pretty fairy lights and colorful knee socks, I always find myself asking what lurks just out of frame.

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I’m Following a Mug on Instagram

Today, I'm going to be candid with you. Creatively speaking, the past two months have been rough. It's like I have a vat of strawberry jelly knocking around between my ears, and no matter how I try to zap it into action, it remains an amorphous blob of goo.