Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Through the Open Window" now on Amazon!

My book is now on Amazon!

Monday, October 26, 2009

What is National Novel Writing Month?

In "Through the Open Window." Lucy Lyons' life takes an interesting turn when she decides to take part in National Novel Writing Month. What is "National Novel Writing Month" anyway? Taking place in November, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. It is writing, boot camp style. You simply immerse yourself in it. I did it last year. In fact that is how this novel came to be written at all. I actually didn't finish all in one month - it took me until January to finish, but it was well worth it. I loved the intensity of it and the surprise of where the characters took me. The sense of accomplishment at the end of it was amazing.

I came into the last week of October last year wavering on whether to do it or not. It was something definitely on my "to-do" list. The idea of writing about someone doing National Novel Writing Month came to me October 30th.

If any of you are interested in taking the plunge, check out the National Novel Month Website at: h .

A great book to read for inspiration and encouragement is No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Through the Open Window" on Catholic Fiction Blog

I'm pleased to announce that starting today, the full novel "Through the Open Window" by will be serialized on the Catholic Fiction Blog! Read the first chapter at

You may also purchase the book at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Through the Open Window" is now available!

I am so pleased to announce that "Through the Open Window" is now available! I received my proof in the mail today and am very pleased with it. It will be available for purchase through Amazon soon, but in the meantime it can be purchased here:

Also, if anyone is interested in reviewing it for their blog or for Amazon, please contact me at I do have a limited number of review copies available.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coming Soon!

I should be able to approve the final proof and put my book up for sale this Friday! I'm so excited! If anyone is interesting in reviewing it for your blog or Amazon, please leave a comment. I will be happy to send you either a .pdf or a hard copy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A New Cover and a New Proof

I received my proof on Thursday. It was very exciting to get in the mail! I immediately noticed some changes that needed to be made, however. One of these was the cover. So, what you see at the left is the latest (and hopefully the last!) version of the cover. I really do like the photograph. I think it really draws the viewer in and will hopefully help encourage them to read the book!

I also needed to change the font size of the inside of the book. I had done it in 10pt font. It was readable, but I don't want anyone reading my book to suffer from eye strain, so I upped it to 11pt font which required some reformatting. While it was disappointing not to be able to offer my book for sale this week, I think that the changes made vastly improve the finished product and will be well worth the small delay. Now I am just waiting for the publishing company to approve my new files and then I can order a new proof.

I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What is a Writer?

"A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway" - Junot Diaz

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Excitedly waiting the proof of my book!

Hi! Welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping by! As I write this, the proof of my debut novel, "Through the Open Window" should be arriving in the mail any day now. I am both scared and excited to see it! Excited because seeing one's book in print is very cool. This is a whole new experience for me. I wrote this novel during National Novel Writing Month last year (it actually took me three months!) and that was an incredible adventure. I hadn't written fiction in a long time. It felt so good to get back into it. The story is about a character who is taking that plunge herself. The official description is as follows:

Lucy Lyons is a woman trying to escape her past. Content to work as a librarian and live alone with her dog, all she wants is a simple life with no complications. When she decides to take the plunge and begins to write a novel during National Novel Writing Month, she gets much more than she bargained for. Her writing will not only force her to face her own secrets, but will also put her in the path of a handsome artist who shares her love of the written word. “Through the Open Window” is an engaging novel about the secrets we all keep and the hope for second chances.

It is scary because this is the first time I have ever shared my fiction with the general public. The couple of friends that I shared it with enjoyed it (in fact, they stayed up all night reading it!). I consider that a good sign. I hope that this book will bring some joy to those who choose to read it. That is my fondest wish.

Come back soon for more information on the book!