"There's a grave in the cemetery that's haunted, you can hear knocking coming from the stone!" "A prohibition-era gangster hid his stash there. He dug up the grave and hid it in the ground." "A horse thief was hung on the grave!" These are the various statements I heard over a 20 year period from … Continue reading A knocking good time or a tragic crossing of stories and reality?
During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to volunteer at our local historical society museum. This was perfect for me as it was applicable to my history degree, helped me gain experience with giving tours and getting people to engage with local history, gave me the perfect setting to work on Displaced (book one of … Continue reading Missed Check Out: The Haunting of The Bremer County Historical Society.
It's been a while since I last posted a local urban legend! Here's a short tale about a legend from southeast Iowa. Standing at over 8 foot tall, the Black Angel of Iowa City's Oakland Cemetery cuts an imposing figure. Erected in 1913, it was placed in the cemetery at the request of Teresa Feldevert. … Continue reading The Black Angel of Iowa City
I think we've all been there. We've all been so busy that our writing falls to the wayside, and slips further and further down the list of things to do. Work gets in the way, School gets in the way, Family gets in the way, illness gets in the way. That's just how life works. … Continue reading Cramming it all in: Writing while having full time obligations
*contains spoilers. The creator of the game. Demonic bastard. King of Hell wannabe. I knew when I first started to dream up the beginnings of the story, Catherine needed a foe who was determined, whose motivations went much further than anyone could realize. I knew from the start he had to be a demon, and … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Lett (Alexander Taggart)
*May contain slight spoilers *contains frank discussion of mental health and self-harm type behaviors I was asked once why I allowed my characters to have weak moments, particularly Catherine and her ongoing struggles with anxiety. Answer- Because that's real life. People struggle. People have mental health issues and they often have relapses. I wanted her … Continue reading Mental Illness, Trauma, and Writing as therapy.
Connelly is one of my favorite characters to write. He's also the one I'm most likely to be found swearing at as he takes off in an absolutely unplanned direction. Hell, he was only supposed to appear once, in Unexpected Returns, as a plot device. This one appearance was supposed to help get the idea … Continue reading Behind the characters: Father Michael Connelly
Everyone knows how hard it can be to balance outside obligations (a job, kids, your health, life in general) and any hobby or side job. Writing is no exception. I struggle with depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses, so there are definitely times when writing falls to the side. Here are some things I've done to … Continue reading Writing productivity
Each month I post an image of my goal list to Instagram, as a way to hold myself accountable. Here's what February had planned- And here is the month wrap up- 40k words? Check! (Stay tuned for a post on productivity coming later this week) 2 newsletters? Check! I also came back to this platform … Continue reading February goals- wrap up
Critical Position: Catherine Siddall Series Book Four is now available Available in ebook, paperback, and on Kindle unlimited. Shop on amazon Follow on social media to view the trailer, see excerpts and teasers, and more- Instagram Facebook Coming March 6th Everyone loves a deal, right? (And I’m not talking about demon deals this time!) the … Continue reading Critical Postion: Catherine Siddall series book four and Catherine Siddall Series Box Set Volume One
In chess, a critical position is that in which everything can be changed with a single move. The demons game reaches new heights as Catherine realizes just what happened when Connelly’s rite went wrong. Once again stuck in the past, the pair must find a way home. Not to mention, figure out where and when … Continue reading Critical Position: Catherine Siddall Series Book Four (Pre-order Live)
The conclusion of the Instagram challenge, and the final set of images. I had a great time doing this challenge and will be partaking in #Igwritersnov as well! Day 21- title envy- Kim Harrison has the best titles. The Hallows Series is definitely one of my faves and an inspiration. Day 22- Your WIP Cover … Continue reading #Igwritersoct days 21-31
Although most now associate crossroads and the demons attached to them with the TV show Supernatural, there's actually some actual history behind the legends. I chose to incorporate the stories into the Catherine Siddall series for a few reasons, as I'll explain. In mythology and folklore, a crossroads, where two paths meet, can be a … Continue reading Phenomenon behind the series: Crossroads
Displaced: Catherine Siddall Series Book One When Catherine went into the woods to hunt down a ghost, she would be back in a comfortable hotel room by the next night. She never imagined she would end up somewhere else completely. Injured, she is found by a man who could easily be an extra in a period … Continue reading Book Info
I was going through some of my Abbey shots to get in the right headspace for working on book 4, and one of my favorite unsolved mysteries came to mind. Time Slips. The idea that there is a phenomenon where people accidentally cross through time. It’s easy to feel like it’s possible when standing in … Continue reading Phenomenon behind the Series: Timeslips
Day 11- your books I’m kind of bummed I don’t have my copy of book three yet, which is out next week, but here’s the first two in the series. A massive supernatural mystery, dem Day 12- books that inspire you... Um, Everything I’ve ever read? I narrowed it down to the first books in … Continue reading #Igwritersoct days 11-20
Mentioned in Displaced, but properly introduced in Unexpected Returns, are Colt Springfield and his brother Graham. The oldest of the two Springfield brothers, he was always an older brother to Catherine as well. Like Catherine, he has only known the life of hunting the unknown. He loves his classic car, drops pop culture references like … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Colt and Graham Springfield
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm an Instagram addict. So when I came across a photo challenge for writers this month, there was no question that I needed to do it. Day One: So far, I've achieved a few of these. Re-edits are done. Plans are being made to celebrate book three. One newsletter just … Continue reading #Igwritersoct 31 day photo challenge: the first ten days
It's showtime! Book Three of the Catherine Siddall series goes live in paperback and ebook (and free on Kindle Unlimited) today, October 15th! In addition, new editions of the first two books in the series have been released. It's a perfect time to start the series! With Lett dead, Catherine has hoped to establish a … Continue reading Moving Pieces: Catherine Siddall Series Book Three available now
There's been an obvious lack of posts here. There are a couple reasons for this. 1- I moved 4000 miles and it hasn't been that easy of a time settling back in. 2- Chronic pain has been an issue. 3- depression. Depression is a monster that takes what is the most enjoyable things in your … Continue reading Where I’ve been aka Writing when Depression is kicking your *ss…