Dear Lucky Agent Contest

Hello writers,

Be sure to get cracking tonight on an email for the Dear Lucky Agent contest. It ends tomorrow, but there will be others. This time the contest is for YA and Sci-fi. Submit a log line and 150-200 words. Three winners will receive a critique of their manuscript's first ten pages by a lit agent.

Here's the link: Dear Lucky Agent Contest

Good luck,


Cool Articles

What's up?

Here are two articles I found interesting:

First one has a bunch of graphics contrasting e-readers and print book readers: Book Patrol Article

The second one is a method to overcome procrastination and get your book finished known as BICHOK: Pub Crawl Article

Happy writing!


Author Interview: Melissa Foster

I am thrilled to present my interview of Melissa Foster, author of COME BACK TO ME, and several soon to be released novels. Melissa is also an active member of the writing community, and helps fellow writers achieve their dreams through her website: Fostering Success.

1. What are you reading right now?

Right now I'm reading one of my favorite authors, Diane Chamberlain. I'm reading HER MOTHER'S SHADOW. I love Diane's books because they're easy reads, not too stressful, but enough of a hook to keep you riveted to the pages and enjoying your escape.

2. Tell us a little bit about COME BACK TO ME.

It's funny, I thought COME BACK TO ME was a contemporary fiction book, but when it was picked up by USA Today's book blog as a romance, suddenly it struck a chord with romantic suspense readers. I think that is a well-suited genre for the story, but I will warn readers that I do not write typical happily ever after endings, so beware if you're a romance reader--you've been forewarned. 

COME BACK TO ME is a very emotionally and suspenseful story that I came up with the summer before my husband left for Iraq, then researched and wrote when he was in Iraq. It's the story of a young couple, Tess and Beau. Beau is a photographer who accepts an overseas assignment in order to gain international attention for his work. Beau's helicopter is shot down, and Tess is notified that he did not survive. Meanwhile, Tess finds out she's pregnant, and tries to put her life back together, while Beau, found alive in the desert by two Iraqi women who are escaping honor killings, makes his way across the desert and back to the US. No spoilers here. That's about all I can say without ruining the story for those who have yet to read:-)

3. Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

I adored Suha. She was such a surprise character for me. I had never written a character like her before, and her strength, and even her stand-off attitude were endearing to me.

4. Do you prefer to write or edit?

Are there really authors who prefer to edit over writing? 

5. What did you do to pass the time while waiting for your very first manuscript to be accepted?

I wrote another book and grew many gray hairs! I'm always writing another book. 

6. What is the most nerve-racking part of the publishing process?

I think the most nerve-racking is reading the reviews. Even now, I cringe when I take a moment to read them. There are some that make no sense, then there are others that are constructively critical, and others that are glowing. I love them all, but the mean-spirited reviews do sting.

7. What is your favorite free author resource or blog?

My favorite resource is Twitter. You can gain access to just about anything you need via social media these days. I can connect with readers, authors, cover artists, learn new writing techniques--just about anything I need or want can be found via Twitter.

8. If you could only give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Write, write, write, then polish, polish, polish. 

9. Can you tell us about your next project? Word is you have three novels coming out very soon.

Yes, this was a very busy year! I finished three novels and the next one to be released is TRACES OF KARA, coming in early 2013.

For my thriller loving readers, TRACES OF KARA is a much darker book than any of my previous books. TRACES OF KARA is a psychological thriller, or dark women's suspense novel. Author Rachelle Ayala describes it as "Hannibal Lector, Freddie Kruger and the Tami Hoag villains combined with the emotional bond of Jody Picoult, Jane Fitch, and Steel Magnolia." Yes, it's that dark, so be ready for a wild ride!


Kara Knight can't wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future--leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn't know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.   

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor's delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara's mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan--to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again. 

TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.

Be sure to check out COME BACK TO ME and Melissa's blog and awesome writer resources.

Melissa's Books 
Melissa's Website
Author Education: Fostering Success
Follow Melissa: Twitter and FB Fanpage
Chat with Melissa on The Women's Nest
The World Literary Cafe, Where readers and authors unite!

Thanks so much for your time, Melissa, and all the great things you are doing for the writing community. 

Happy writing,


Couldn't Be Happier

The writer in me could not be happier at the moment. 

Today, I received word that, The Barfly From Apartment Twenty-One has been accepted for publication by Spark: A Creative Anthology. I am ecstatic about my story appearing in such a cool, up and coming publication.

With two publishing credits to my name, a paid for conference looming, and a book in the editing stages, this writer is busier than ever. But this busy is different than last year's busy. This busy is accompanied by something I lacked in 2012: purpose. My work is proving to be read worthy. In this competitive market, not knowing if the writing itself, is good enough, is the biggest internal challenge writers must overcome. 

There is jack squat writers can do about an editor's taste, a trend they just missed, or a typo in an already sent query letter. If the magazine goes under while pieces are under consideration, would-be writers have to charge that to the game too. But overcoming insecurities, staying up late and revising, when it's still unknown if anyone else will bother reading enough of a piece to decide they like it, that's something writers have to learn to do, and learn to do well. Even in the midst of an onslaught of rejection letters, writers have to keep going till purpose finds them.

Writers, keep it up. Don't let your own thoughts defeat you. The time you spend second guessing is your writing time. The  energy you expend questioning your work is your creative mojo going down the commode. The credits will come if you overcome yourselves. And keep writing.  

Arrogance and Pie Charts


Perhaps an update is in order. In November, I completed the first draft of my thriller manuscript. After a brief cooling off period, in which I read tons of books to keep myself occupied, I began editing my thriller. It has tons of potential, but is a long way from finished. Editing is a bitch, and a slow one at that.

The trick to editing is to take breaks. Lots of breaks. During one of mine, I stumbled upon this gem. Take a break and read this article that details why writers have to be a bit arrogant. If nothing else, it will give you an excuse to throw your nose up in the air and parade around the grocery store. I'm always looking for a reason to do that while purchasing store brand green beans.   : )

Click here to read: The Importance of Being Slightly Arrogant

Thanks Writer's Digest for the awesome article.