3 Books Changed my Life in 3 Months

3 Books Changed my Life in 3 Months

I’m not exaggerating.

The first book to impact my life was Stephen King’s book titled, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I’m sure every writer or wannabe writer says this book inspires them. But I wager that few writing lives and habits changed as dramatically and irrevocably as mine after reading it. The crux is, King’s personal journey and his writing habits became habits I needed to emulate.

The second book is titled, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. In it, Currey gives us 161 mini-biographies; snapshots, about the habits and rituals of writers, poets, painters, dancers, etc. Artists! I was spellbound by how fellow artists worked. All different, yet I found three common threads among most of them. 1) They wrote every day, mostly in the morning, 2) they took long walks for exercise and/or inspiration, and 3) they maintained their schedules unapologetically and without compromise.

The On Writing memoir and the mini-biographies in Daily Rituals put me on a solid path. I went from writing anywhere from zero to 179 words a day to cranking out 1700 to 2200 words a day. I told you! I got serious. I not only say I’m a writer these days, but I KNOW I’m a writer.

The third book is my own novel of course, Born of SinIMG_9709. My debut novel. My launch baby. My first entry into the world of authorship. I’m proud of it.

I’ve just reached the 100-pages point in the sequel, titled Born by Fire. With my current writing pace, I intend to finish the first draft by mid-March. That gets me to publishing it in August or September, if all goes according to plan. I’ll keep you posted.

My goal is to write at least one novel or non-fiction piece per year, for the rest of my life. I want to have a career like Stephen King’s. I’m doing my level best to write as close to 2,000 words per day as possible, and even walk four miles a day like he does.

My recommendation to you is to read all three of these books, for obvious reasons. I pray they inspire you and impact your life just as they’ve done for me.

Steady. Surely. Unapologetically and God willing, I intend to stay on the path, with my eyes on the prize.

Write on!

How I got on TV to Promote my Novel

How I got on TV to Promote my Novel

I was on a live morning news segment last week. I sat with news anchor Andrea Williams to promote Born of Sin on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. on the WTOK-TV NBC affiliate station in Meridian, Mississippi.


How did I get to appear on a major television morning news program?

Well, you know I’m a public relations professional. Ahh-hem. I know how these things are done. 😉

But seriously, landing a television appearance can be quite a lengthy and deliberate process. You have to research the right reporters, form relationships with them in subtle ways so they don’t know you’re sucking-up, feed them information they can use over time, and then, when they least expect it, hit them with your news event, hoping they’ll bite. Beyond anything, you must have something newsworthy to say. I was there to promote my book signing event later that afternoon. In a smaller market, on a slow news day, thankfully a book signing event counted as news.

But here’s the insider secret for how I really got on TV: My sister-in-law. Relationships are important. If you don’t have your own relationship with an influential person, do your best to leverage someone else’s.

Since we were traveling to my husband’s family home in Alabama for Christmas week, my sister-in-law called to say, “You should promote your book on TV while you’re down here.” I said, “Yes, I should.” I wasn’t 100% positive she could make it happen but I was touched by her enthusiasm. I then became impressed with her persuasive pitching powers. The next thing I knew, the newscaster was emailing me with preliminary questions about the book for the upcoming morning segment. #sistersinlawrock

Being on TV was a great experience. I wasn’t terribly nervous because, you know I’m a public relations professional. 🙂 My mother-in-law said I looked, “…so pretty on the TV.” I don’t remember if I hit all my talking points, and no one can tell me, but does it matter? I was on TV. I got to tell that whole viewing area about my book. What a Christmas blessing!

I requested a link to the three-minute segment. I promise to post it when it becomes available. In the meantime, here are pictures of me promoting the book in Alabama and Mississippi.

Write on!

Novel: Complete. Editing: On going. Synopsis: Posted!

Novel: Complete. Editing: On going. Synopsis: Posted!

Hello! Here’s a draft synopsis about my forthcoming first novel, Born of Sin. I didn’t know how hard it would be to condense 260 pages into three sentences! My first version of this summary was a full two pages. Over the past week, I’ve been able to whittle it down to what you see below. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts about it. Thanks!


Twelve-year-old Jacob witnesses his beautiful mother commit a vile act. Her actions derail the entire family and he can no longer believe in her. In the midst of the chaos, Jacob’s stepfather steals him away to boarding school. Years later, when the school expels him, sixteen-year-old Jacob is convinced he can’t go home again. He finds himself alone on the streets of Pittsburgh and looks for ways to survive.

Jacob is intelligent and ambitious. But he’s also inexperienced and naive. He unwisely joins the city’s crime organization. However, his talent with numbers and hustling lands him in good favor with the boss and he rises quickly in the organization.

Despite his financial success and rising status, Jacob’s spiritual upbringing keeps reminding him that the city’s crime lord is not the kind of Lord he’s meant to serve. When miraculous things begin to happen, Jacob notices the enlightened way people respond to his biblical knowledge. He can’t explain why he enjoys, teaching the Word. He’s also pleased to discover the business of ministry can be profitable!

Born of Sin is a story of how one furtive act devastates an entire family. Mother and son become estranged and each begins traveling unpaved roads that neither would have expected the other to take. Alternating between 1976 in Edgeboro, North Carolina and the early 1980’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Born of Sin is a saga that follows a family into its downward trajectory of separation and resentment and slowly up again to a place where its possible to find hope and redemption.


Write on!

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