The Self-published Stigma

For a long time, I resisted the idea of self-publishing my books. In my mind, a self-published book was a book that wasn’t good enough—a low quality vanity project for a person with no skill and no training. I have a lot of confidence in my stories and have worked hard on them. I have taken classes and gone to […]

An Unusual Appetite Loss

I haven’t written in two months. I haven’t had the appetite for it. The thought of sitting at the computer and typing out words and sentences makes me feel physically sick. There’s a reason for it. Back in June, we applied for a 3-bedroom apartment. Writing helped me relieve the stress of that anxiety. But a few days later, I […]

My Teenage Broken Heart

At a young age, I wanted to be in love. Don’t ask why—I don’t know the answer. I do know that I was taught by friends and sisters to have crushes on boys and my imagination ran away with that idea. But most boys weren’t interested in me: the shy, smart girl with glasses who hardly said a word. When […]

What I Write

“Besides a couple of scenes of sensuality, this is a great book.” “There’s some profanity, but this is a good book overall.” I hear comments like this all the time. Many of my friends have the same values I have and warn me when a book’s content might be objectionable. Even in the Young Adult genre I’m not safe from […]