Spirits of the Pioneers? Finding answers about an unknown child.

It’s easy to overlook this small patch of land. Nestled between fields, filled with grass and backed by a small stand of trees, it holds a significant reminder of the Midwest’s past. This site has fascinated me for years. My grandparents lived down the road and we drove by it often. In fact, I’ve shared … Continue reading Spirits of the Pioneers? Finding answers about an unknown child.

Get Displaced: Catherine Siddall Series Book One for free this week!

Get Displaced Displaced is free this week, starting April 27th!Get lost in the woods and join the demons game, now!

Places that inspired The Catherine Siddall Series: Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York

When I lived in York I had this tendency to pack my camera and just go wandering (Blame my history back ground and studying archeology while i lived there). That is how I came across Holy Trinity Church, tucked away from view behind shops on Goodramgate. Before I get into how it shaped an important … Continue reading Places that inspired The Catherine Siddall Series: Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York

Where does one even start? Today’s world and the conflicted writer.

Who else feels like they are now living out the beginnings of an apocalyptic novel? It’s just surreal.I’m attempting to manage working from home and taking care of myself, while not going insane. My focus has been primarily on my craft projects (to be discussed further in another post series) and to be honest, writing … Continue reading Where does one even start? Today’s world and the conflicted writer.

Holiday season sale prices- all ebooks reduced

The holidays are a great time to curl up with a book, and it's even better when you can save money while doing so. All five of the Catherine Siddall novels are now $2.99 The prequel is now 99 cents And the digital box set containing the first three novels is only 6.99 As always, … Continue reading Holiday season sale prices- all ebooks reduced

Scouting the afterlife: The haunted Boy Scout camp

'tis the season for spooky stories (although, let's be honest. It's always the time for spooky stories, photos, and lore) and today I have a short story that I recall hearing many times as a kid. Just outside of the city limits is a small boy scout camp. Used only a few months of the … Continue reading Scouting the afterlife: The haunted Boy Scout camp

Breakthrough: Catherine Siddall Series Book Five

Book Five in the Catherine Siddall Series is here! Releasing tomorrow- October 31st. Adjusting to being back in her present time, once again, is hard enough. It’s made more complicated by Connelly, the fallen priest working towards redemption, who insists on staying by her side despite Mitchell’s presence.  Any chance of focusing on her complicated … Continue reading Breakthrough: Catherine Siddall Series Book Five

A knocking good time or a tragic crossing of stories and reality?

"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?

Missed Check Out: The Haunting of The Bremer County Historical Society.

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.

The Black Angel of Iowa City

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

Cramming it all in: Writing while having full time obligations

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

Behind the Characters: Lett (Alexander Taggart)

*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)

Mental Illness, Trauma, and Writing as therapy.

*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.

Behind the characters: Father Michael Connelly

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

Writing productivity

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

February goals- wrap up

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 Postion: Catherine Siddall series book four and Catherine Siddall Series Box Set Volume One

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

Critical Position: Catherine Siddall Series Book Four (Pre-order Live)

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)

#Igwritersoct days 21-31

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

Phenomenon behind the series: Crossroads

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