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.
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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.
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
'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
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
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
*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
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)
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
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
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
One of my biggest pet peeves, when I'm reading, is when the lead character is perfect. Flawless. Never fails. I knew from the start that I wanted my characters to reflect how every single person has flaws and even heroes fail. Maybe I'm too mean to her, but this is especially true for Catherine. I … Continue reading Behind the characters: Catherine