18 January 2015
New Year. New website design. New me?
It’s time to change things around here. It’s time to share more than my love of books with you. Time to share my love of expressing myself through creative projects. I felt I could only share my writing on my website, leaving pretty much dead air on the blog.
I guess I forgot I was my own boss there for a minute.
So Happy Creative 2015, friends and readers.
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9 January 2014
After seven totally freshly awesome years, my young adult blog YA FRESH, which I co-hosted with my critique partner Tina, has closed its doors. *sigh*
Goodbye, YA Fresh! You will be missed!
I would tour my Girlfriend Cyber Circuit pals there on their YA releases…now I’ll be touring them on my blog here, so stay tuned!
11 July 2011
I’m on a personal mission.
Several aspects happened over the last two years that created something that festered inside of my writer self. Something that writers are not supposed to talk about.
And the big secret is: I lost confidence as a writer.
For a while I didn’t know if I still wanted to be a writer. I no longer had an agent. I didn’t have a new contract after I sold Criminal Instinct. I kept telling myself I had to write, but write what?
Where was my heart and head telling me to go??
Not only that, but my home life became my main focus while we struggled to buy our first home. I pushed away my fears of my writing career to focus on a home that almost didn’t happen, but finally did after months! Then it took several months after the move to organize our family life.
After things settled down, the writing reality came back. I still had no agent. No contract. I would write in blasts of energy, then not write for weeks. I closed my blog, and I went back to work.
Well, this last month, something changed. I’m not going lie, the lack of confidence still lurks behind me like the Writer Boogeyman ready to pounce. I’m not sure what exactly changed, but I started to see things a little more clearly again. Not only was I going through a life transformation (new home, new job, children growing up) but so was publishing.
I realized I had to brush off my dusty laptop. And get ready to start all over again. To re-educate myself on an industry that was basically mutating. Agents had to adjust, publishers had to adjust, and so did writers.
So do I.
So what’s my solution? To treat myself as a writer. Believe in myself. Take baby steps to build my writer confidence again. Take a few chances…again.
Yeah, this may seem a little silly. Giving myself steps to build my confidence, to basically rebuild myself as a writer. But that’s okay. Whatever works, right?
I AM WRITER ~ Step #1
Write a little bit each day.
Hello Writer Self. It’s me Kelly. Did you miss me?
Even if it’s nonsense. Even if no one will ever read it. Even if you write a scene and later think you are going to cut it. Repetition becomes habit. And an everyday writing habit? A good thing.
12 May 2011
I’ve gone WordPress!
I’ve been wanting to move my website to wordpress for a long time. But I thought it was too complicated and living off a writer’s salary is tough. I can’t afford the services of some of my favorite web designers.
Luckily, I’m not a complete novice to basic coding, and when I purchased a wordpress theme it came with basic instructions on how to make this theme into my own.
Am I still learning the ins-and-outs of WP?
I’ve always believed websites to be works in progress. So I’m building onto this WP site as I go.
So. . . here I go!
24 May 2010
Networking with the young adult crowd, I know many YA readers and reviewers. Now delving into adult fiction, I don’t know many. 🙂
If you have a review blog or review for a Romance/Crime Fiction Review website, please contact me if you are interested in reading an electronic copy of my romantic suspense CRIMINAL INSTINCT!
Not only am I entering the adult fiction world, but also ebooks. So I am trying to grasp the art of electronic promotion when I don’t have a physically hardcopy of a book to give out or sign. haha!
Here’s the CI blurb and you can check out an excerpt on my website.
Thank you for your time!
Five years in prison or five years working as an undercover agent?
Not the easiest choice for Ana Moreno, who has a history of B and E convictions and a problem with authority. But it’s a decision she and four other felons are willing to make to stay out of a jail cell.
When a deadly shipment of Ecstasy heads for San Francisco, Ana’s team is sent to stop it. Ana’s task: get close to the handsome and dangerous Jonas Saven, right-hand man of a suspected drug dealer with a deadly agenda. As Ana uncovers a web of secrets, betrayal and revenge, her heated attraction to Saven grows.
But with time running out to stop the dangerous drug lord, Ana must complete her mission—even if it costs her everything…