I was so happy and grateful to be part of the 2018 Montana Book Festival in Missoula! I had two panels, both on Saturday. The first one focused on Writing and Publishing for Young Adults and Children where I met many amazing ladies who’d written both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from pictures books to YA novels. While I don’t consider The Falling Dawn to be a young adult, part of the book is written… Read More

Montana Book Festival Schedule! Book lovers! The weekend approaches that’s full of readings, books, discussions panels! Maybe sneaking down to Caras Park for the brew fest that’s happening at the same time! I’ll be on two panels and both of them are on Saturday, September 29, 2018: Writing for Children and Young Adults: 2:00pm-3:30pm at Missoula Public Library Science Fiction: 3:45pm-5:00pm at Shakespeare & Co. Come and say hi! I’ll be attending… Read More

I was lucky last Saturday to hold a reading at Shakespeare & Co., another independent bookstore in downtown Missoula. I had picked out three sections to fill out a half-hour slot, and tried to link the sections regarding style, place, and story consistency to avoid confusion. A good friend made blue and gold macrons to match the book cover. My best friend made cookies that didn’t turn out right, so she showed… Read More

This past Saturday, I was happy to be selling and signing books outside one of Missoula’s independent bookstores, Fact & Fiction. I started at 10am and ended at 4pm. The farmer’s market was still going strong, so it was pleasant to people-watch into the afternoon. Friends and families walked by with homegrown produce and gorgeous flowers, drinking coffee or snacking on pastries or kebobs from the many food trucks parked downtown at… Read More

How many days did you think your dreams were dumb? I’ve thought it quite a few times. But this past weekend at the Barnes & Noble book signing at the Gallatin Valley Mall, I pondered: was it dumb to dream about sitting in a store and selling books? I guess not, because I was radiantly happy the whole time. I was called lovely and vivacious and welcoming. Family and love surrounded me…. Read More

Oh, Impromptu Beach Bum Book Tour! You marvelous adventure, you! This summer I took a vacation to Hawaii to visit my mom, who lives on O’ahu. We island hopped to Kaua’i for a couple days. My ultimate goal was simple: visit as many beaches as possible and swim in the ocean as much as I could. My mom was a little over halfway through The Falling Dawn, and thankfully, much to my… Read More

In the last six months, my goal to ‘Conquer the Backlist’ has nosedived into the ground. I’ve been creeping along in Adrienne Mayor’s Fossil Legends of the First Americans, and finally had some time where I was unable to work, unable to connect to the internet, and unable to write. Essentially, I had to sit around on my butt and read a goddamn book. It was so nice. I generally don’t read… Read More

I’ve got some great irons in the fire to promote the release of The Falling Dawn and I’m excited to be making a small book tour around my home state of Montana. These are all fantastic opportunities where I’ll be either signing books or reading from the novel. At the end of September, I’ll be attending the Montana Book Festival in Missoula as a local author and panelist (details to come). So,… Read More

It’s been almost a month since I attended my hometown’s science fiction and fantasy convention in Missoula. It was my first con where my debut novel, The Falling Dawn, was available for sale at the Fairwood Press table run by Patrick Swenson (and I’m so happy that Fairwood Press offered this opportunity, otherwise I would’ve been up the creek without a paddle). I’d brought an overabundance of novels, anticipating I’d sell every… Read More

Naming a character is like naming your first-born child. You agonize over very detail, even go so far as to pronounce the name under your breath to test the inflection. Lucky for you, you’re more concerned with how it looks on paper rather than how it sounds spoken in the real world. Who would ever have you pronounce these names out loud anyway? So begins my guest blog post over at Outland… Read More