• Journal,  Writing

    Creating and Planning Characters

    I posted on social media last week about how you come up with your character’s names and that got me thinking how I create and plan my characters. And because I love to share, I thought I would post it here to provide an inside to my thought process and possibly help those who are struggling in some areas. So, let’s dig in. Naming my Characters: When I start a new story, I tend to have an idea for the main character in mind before the story actually starts or is planned out. What they look like, their personality, etc. Whether the character is timid and will grow in strength,…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    New Beginnings…

    The new year brings new beginnings and everyone is ready to forge ahead with plans, goals and resolutions. Since the New Year thrill is still upon us, I’ve been thinking of a way to keep the excitement going… and what better way than with a freebie! Yep, I am offering a New beginning – short story for free! Now, this is in the beginning stages, but I would love your thoughts and heads up… there is a cliffhanger at the end since it leads into my Conquer Series books. So, if you are interested in what happens before Raylynn’s story and how Conquer Enterprise and Security starts, here is a sneak…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    How Writing is Like a Puzzle

    I received the best birthday gift from my husband last month and after putting it together I thought about how it relates to writing. Obviously, from the title you would guess what it is my husband got me, but you’re probably thinking, “Really, Kelly? You couldn’t possibly be that excited over a puzzle.” Well, I am about to prove you wrong. This wasn’t just any puzzle. It was a 1000 piece Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band – A mystery jigsaw puzzle. This was the best gift because for one, I love Sherlock Holmes and two, not only was it a puzzle; it contained the story and required you to…

  • Journal,  Writing

    My 2018 Goals

    It’s getting to be the end of the year and I’ve been working on plans for next year. While thinking of what I really wanted to do with my business and how I want to move forward with my books, I find myself realizing that my goals from last year were… well, dull. Though they fit my business there was really no depth to them and to the business itself. If I want to make writing my career, I need to be more specific and defined with my goals for my business and my books. My thoughts here are to keep myself accountable to my goals and my business by…

  • Lessons Learned
    Inspirational,  Journal

    You Live, You Learn… Lessons Learned this Year

    Since the end of the year is coming faster than we would like, I thought I would let you all know what lessons I’ve learn this year. They say you learn something new every day, whether it’s something small or something big and you may not realize you did learn anything, but I bet you did. There are no affiliate links contained within this post. All opinions are my own and I provide the links to the curious and the readers who are looking to find something helpful within their lives and businesses.  Below are some areas of my life and what I learned this past year within those areas: Home…

  • NaNoWriMo
    Journal,  Writing

    NaNoWriMo: What to do… What to do…

    It’s getting to be that time of year again! That time when aspiring and published authors alike bunker down to hammer out another novel in 30 days. Drinking caffeinated beverages and staring at a screen for hours and days on end, typing until their fingers get tired. Yep, you guessed it! NaNoWriMo is back and authors all over are preparing to sit and write that first, fourth, or eighteenth novel and I say “Way to go! I will be right there with you!” Though we may not write for the same genre or be in the same state, you know there are others like you trying to get that piece…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Conquer E.S. Giveaway!!

    First things first: In conjunction with the release of Jazzmine: Conquer E.S. Series (Book 3), I am hosting a fantastic giveaway with some awesome swag. The best part ~ You have a chance to win all three paperbacks, plus all three digital downloads of the series! What could be better than wining a new exciting series to read and enjoy? Why some awesome items to go along with those cool new books! Here is what you will receive if you win this fantastic prize: Signed Paperback – Raylynn: Conquer E.S. Series (Book 1) Signed Paperback – Blessing: Conquer E.S. Series (Book 2) Signed Paperback – Jazzmine: Conquer E.S. Series (Book…

  • Shadow to Jazzmine's Heart
    Journal,  Writing

    Jazzmine Now Available

    After late nights and long days writing and editing and revising, I am glad to announce that Shadow to Jazzmine’s Heart (Book 3 of the Conquer the Darkness Series) is now available for purchase!   Book 3 of the Conquer the Darkness Series follows Jazzmine Levant, a drifter tormented by her past and the town who despises her, dubbing her ‘The Beast.’ Determined to live despite the towns rejection, she survives the only what she knows how, within the shadows. Will she find love, and can she keep it or will it slip through her fingers like the shadows that surround her.  If you haven’t read Book 1 or 2, I recommend starting…

  • Creating Characters - Questions
    Journal,  Writing

    Creating Characters

    Creating characters can be a daunting task if you have no plan in place to guide you. Especially if you have more than a few characters and plan to continue on to a series. Planning their internal and external makeup will help to keep your characters original and unique. Below are some techniques/questions I use when creating my characters. Please feel free to use this information along with the worksheet provided below for your own characters. Before you start thinking of your character as a full blown person, you should ask yourself some much needed questions. Now, this is what I do in a sense (I follow the outlined character…

  • Accomplishments
    Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    Accomplishments… and not one but TWO surprises!

    There is nothing better than being able to accomplish something you have spent years working to complete. My journey as an author has been just that… a journey for many, many years and the first book I began writing on has been a work in progress for the last fifteen years. (On and off, of course.) I say journey because it has been one long adventure with ups, downs and everything in between.    My dream of becoming a writer was put on the wayside, as many things do, when life got in the way. As the years past I found my passion in telling stories of the brave who…