Asks & Answers #1

Photo: Florian Klauer

On long car rides, my family and I play games like 20 Questions, Would you Rather, and Two truths and One Lie. Do I think Q & A's are fun? Yes, indeed! Here are a few reader inquiries as of late. In case you were wondering and even if you weren't well, now you know more about me than you wanted to. 

Also, um, sometimes it's hard for me to select just one favorite. Does that happen to you? It's like, well, I like unicorns and puppies...what about a uni-puppy? A puppy-corn? Okay, never mind, but you know what I mean, right? So here are a few favorites, which I reserve the right to change at any time because I can be rahhhther fickle. 

Okay, okay, moving on. 

My favorite...

Word(s)Purple and as of recently, pilcrow. ¶ In case you were wondering what a pilcrow looks like. (Kinda like a wonky candy cane if you ask me.) I encourage you to say these words out loud, feeling them on your tongue.

Author(s): I could write a book in response, but I'll try to keep it short. The following authors I admire, enjoy their writing style and story craft, imagine we may have hung out together in college, or otherwise simply enjoy what they do with words and storytelling.  

The J's: J.K Rowling & J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy. Because, duh.) Along with Maggie Stiefvater, Jandy Nelson, Autumn Doughton, Rainbow Rowell, Jessica Park, Robin Schneider, Natalie Lloyd, Elizabeth Gilbert... 

Book(s): Ditto above, but here are a few that I'll admit to reading more than once, which is a rarity around this parts because TIME:

The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
All of the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling
I'll Meet you There by Heather Demetrios
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Social Media Platform: Twitter. It was my first. To me, the platform is intuitive and because I tend to be long winded, it's a daily exercise in keeping my thoughts concise and brief (which incidentally, works as both a time saver and a drill of sorts when it comes to writing fiction.)

Quote: I have TONS, but this one makes my heart tick faster: 

"What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" 

For more on my love of words and quotes, my Pinterest Board, WORD, is chock full. 

That's all for now, but before you go, I want to know, what is your favorite word? Author? Book? Social Media Platform? Quote? Share in the comments below!

P.S. I have a few more Q & A's so please stay tuned!

The Would You Rather Reader Edition

During long car rides, when waiting in lines, whenevah...I'm up for a few giggly rounds of Would you Rather...but this version is for readers...Some of them are book specific, others more general. Are you ready? 


1. Would you rather read fiction or non-fiction, forevah?

2. Would you rather the sorting hat put you in Gryffindor or Slytherin? 

3. Would you rather read books in a series one-by-one as they're released or wait until they're all out and binge read the lot?

4. Would you rather go down Alice's rabbit hole or up Jack's bean stalk. (Don't even go there.) 

5. Would you rather go in the Hunger Games arena or the dauntless faction?

6. Would you rather only read paperbacks or ereader versions of books for the rest of your life?

7. Would you rather write a review or debate with another book lover?

8. Would you rather read on the beach or in a cozy nook by a wood fire?

9. Would you rather watch the movie or read the book first?

10. Would you rather speed round: contemporary or fantasy? Superheroes or villains? Before bed or first thing in the morning? Bookmarks or dog ears? Library or bookstore? 

Fun, right? Please let me know your answers in the comments below.  

Ask me a few! 

P.S. Stay tuned for the Writer Edition, coming soon! 

Sugar Release Day

Photo: Tim Mossholder

Whoa. Just whoa.

Here we are. Publishing day. Sugar has officially left the nest. I ducked and wove for a bit, afraid she wasn't going to make it— but wow, she's got wings... 

This mama bird feels humbled, ecstatic, and most of all, grateful. 

There are many, many different ways to express thanks, but there is a singular sentiment behind my immense gratitude for those of you who helped Sugar come into being and who continue to support my work. 

The list is long, cue orchestra music whenever you'd like, but genuinely, from the heights and depths of my writerly spirit, I want to thank my esteem-able editors Courtney Miller and Kelli Martin, these are top notch gals and talented visionaries and wordsmiths, along with Laura & Janice have been who were tremendous. My writer liaison, Andrew, marketeer, Tyler, the publicists Dennelle & Megan who've worked tirelessly to answer my million questions and ya know, do the outstanding promotional work they do, to all the people whose jobs I apologize that I don't know specifically, but that make books happen, thank you. The honey voiced Tara Sands who read Sugar for audio, arigato. 

The community of writers I've met via Twitter, Cheyanne Young in particular, along along with everyone who gave Sugar an early read, and who humors my ramblings, you're the bestest! The bestest! 

To my friends and family, who've stayed on this wacky roller coaster, hands up in the air, wheee! It's been fun. Probably mostly for me. Ha ha. 

And you, readers, gosh, my eyes are teeming right now, ready to overflow. Thank you for giving Sugar a chance, for parting the pages, and reading 'til the end. Thank you. 

And of course, the links...

Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Indie Bound

Your purchases and reviews are muchly appreciated.

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