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
*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
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
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
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…
One of the major things that pushed me to write the Catherine Siddall series was the types of female characters I was seeing in books and on screen. To me, they were all missing something. Or a lot of somethings. 1- "what are you wearing?!" I've talked about the importance of wardrobe before. Why is … Continue reading Female Characters- tropes, stereotypes, annoyances and more
The third main character in the Catherine Siddall series is Mitchell. Brooding, mysterious and a bit of a pain in the ass. When I created him, I wanted a male character that would go from instinctively wanting to protect Catherine, to realizing she knows what she is doing and can handle herself pretty damn well. … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Mitchell Conall
I did a mini post about this on Instagram, but I thought I would do one here as well. Something I've noticed happens a lot in books is a complete disregard for what is appropriate for what the character is doing, in terms of wardrobe. All too often, a character is described as being involved … Continue reading Wardrobe matters, even in books.
The second character to be introduced is Garrett Harvell. He is very much a man of his time, a frontiersman living in the woods, who is content to keep to his farm. He has only ever wanted a simple life, although he planned on it being with his wife, Charlotte. He keeps her memory alive, … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Garrett Harvell part one
"How is your little story going?" "Writing isn't a real career." "If its so much work, why do you want to do it?" "If its so much work, you shouldn't do it." "If you don't have money for a professional editor, designer, formatter, etc you shouldn't be trying to publish." "Self-publishing is for people who … Continue reading When people try to drag you down
"How did you come up with the story?" This was asked by a rather conservative family member in this case, which I'll come back to, but its a question authors get fairly often. This is usually when I lock up and struggle to find the right explanation. And honestly, it depends on who I'm talking … Continue reading The Origins of the Catherine Siddall Series