Writing is fun, hard and stressful. You question yourself at every turn…but when you get your first 5 ‚ú®review and they love your characters as much as you is soooo worth it.

Thank you to the gals for answering all my newbie questions – Natalie, Stacey, Kris (Author Kristine Dugger)

Thank you to Lili Saint Germain and the girls in our posse for giving me the know how and the push to publish.

ūüíę The first books of many to come from this girl ūüíę‚ÄĒ feeling fantastic.

Life is so short

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One minute you were here,

a strong man who supported many.

A husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.

The next minute you were using your strength to fight,

a fight we were honoured to be by your side on.

So quickly you were taken from us,

Oh so quickly, we are left reeling.

The thought you are no longer in pain,

fails to make it any easier.

We miss you.  Everyday.


This life.

Remember to take a moment of reflection and breath…

notice the little things and hug your loved ones every day,

or if they don’t live near, phone them.

First Release a reality

In Primary School – Grade 4 – I was selected to attend a writing workshop at a local university.

In High School I was asked by one of my English teachers to be Editor for our school newsletter they were starting.

I am not sure what happened to my love of writing after that.  I began reading a lot more to relax during university.  I discovered partying at uni ūüôā and boys.

Fast forward to 20 years later – I have 2 degrees, loving husband and four adorable (mostly) children – and I have rediscovered my love of writing.  

For the past 10 years I have been writing on the side, giving my dream of being a published author a half-hearted effort at best.  This past year I have been given the opportunity to write again and put the time in to making this dream a reality.

And here we are…new logos created, book cover ready for release, manuscript in editing…

As nervous as I am, it will be a relief to finally have my first novel out there in the world and continue working on my next release.

Story ideas?

Story ideas can come from anywhere. 

Mine have come mostly from daydreaming.  

  • Daydreaming
  • Dreams
  • Picture of perfect character- usually male ūüėČ

What I am getting better at is not waiting for the inspiration to come but instead pulling that bugger right out kicking and screaming.  

Writing every day has helped with this forcing of ideas.


If I had to choose¬†one thing I can’t live without (apart from family and my animals) it would be Music.

I use music in every part of my life.  It allows me to focus on the task at hand.  Otherwise my head is running constantly with, well, everything.

Upbeat music while I am doing the housework.

Loud current playlist while I am driving.

Moody, intense playlist while I am writing to bring out the passion for the scene I am writing.

And the one song I love to sing at the top of my lungs when I am pissed…and before I lose my shit…

Staind – It’s Been Awhile

And a new one just recently found…

Disturbed – The Sound of Silence


Watching music videos helps to get me in the right frame of mind to write. ¬†Especially if I am feeling blah. ¬†Watching sexy moody men doesn’t hurt either ūüôā ¬† Rihanna, Little Mix and Janet Jackson music videos always deliver on the sexy men.


Happy Writing xx






Chasing Perfection

I have submitted two assignments this week and for these as well as all of my other assignments, I have had to push myself to upload them.

I write a rough draft, then type into Scrivener making changes as I type.  I then copy and paste into a word document, do a final read through and force myself not to  overthink it and submit for marking.  Before sending I have to remind myself that I am sending off for feedback to help me grow as a writer.  I have to let go of the need for the piece to be perfect.

Then I found this article and realised that I am not so different to everyone else.

A Writer’s Life: Ditching Perfection

Pitching your novel


Steps for pitching your novel to a literary agent .

Great ideas to help prepare and practice, when those 5 to 10 minutes need to count.

Something I will be practicing so I am prepared should the opportunity present itself.


How to pitch your novel