Writing Update 3/15/18

Hello everyone!

Well, tomorrow the submission window for Author Mentor Match Round 4 finally opens! I’ve got my query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first fifty pages finished, formatted, and edited, and I’m ready to go!

I’m super happy with what I have so far with this project and I’m really hoping that I get picked by a mentor so I can take the manuscript to the next level. There’s still some work to be done with the project, obviously, but I would really like a industry professional to take a good look at this book.

I’m also going to be doing another round of revisions/ full rewrite of my last completed novel, THE DAUGHTER OF CERRIDWEN, which my father is actually editing/looking over for me right now. I’m hoping to begin querying it this summer after I finish this rewrite, as well as send it off to one beta for one last, good read through.

Also, seeing as I haven’t mentioned it, I will be attending University of Tennessee Chattanooga this fall, majoring in English, and focusing on Rhetoric and Professional Writing. I’m hoping to possibly get experience with literary editing with this program and maybe work as as editor/literary agent one day.

That’s all for now! Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for the next update!


Writing Update 3/12/18

Hello everyone!

For now, I’ve set A Hazy Shade of Winter to the side, at least until AMM Round 4 passes, whether I get picked or not to be paired with a mentor. I’ve still got some work to do on the book either way, and hope to start seriously querying this summer.

My plan if I don’t get selected this round of AMM is to find a few beta readers willing to help me seriously go thru AHSoW, with quick turn around for rounds of revision. I’m really hoping to start querying this summer, in Late May or early June, so I really need to kick into high gear with AHSoW.

I’ve begun working on a few other projects to pass the time, now that I’ve gotten everything sorted for Author Mentor Match, including another rewrite of The Daughter of Cerridwen as well as the first draft of an all new project, The Empress of Valera. 

I’ve got about 5K down for the rewrite and almost 2K for the first draft, and there will be more information on both of those very soon. I’m super about the TDoC rewrite AKA draft #9. I’m hoping to add at least another 10-15K to the project, with about 61,000 already down.

I’m going to be simultaneously working on AHSoW and TDoC, and am extremely excited to keep working on both. Both are passion projects of mine and I’m just so excited for all the incredibly possibilities.

For now, I’m going to be giving my query, synopsis, and 50 pg. sample one more read thru before the submission window opens.

Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for the next update!



Writing Update 3/10/18 + COVER/TITLE REVEAL!

Good afternoon everyone!

I’ve a little MIA today because I’ve been at SEYA Book Fest in Tennessee all day today! I met a lot of awesome authors and attended a super helpful writing workshop taught by C.J. Redwine. The workshop was probably my favorite part and I can’t wait to go back over all the notes I took!

I also got the cover for A Hazy Shade of Winter’s sequel via email last night and cannot stop staring at it! I actually just finalized payment for it, so I can share it with all of you now! Keep reading for a title AND cover reveal for AHSoW’s sequel.

And here it is:

Introducing A Crown Stained with Blood, AHSoW’s sequel! Keep scrolling for more.

A Crown Stained With Blood

Here’s both covers together, so you can see how well they fit together. Everything little thing, down to the pink flower petals, the border, the copper/gold tones, two toned fonts, and blood crown, expertly ties into the story.


I’m still currently working on plotting/outlining book two, and I’m hoping for it to be even bigger and better than AHSoW! I’ll be updating as I outline/begin to draft and cannot wait to share more.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!

Writing Update 3/9/18

Good afternoon!

I just got back from a very nice solitary lunch at Noshville, an ‘Authentic New York’ Delicatessen, in Nashville, TN. I’ve decided that I should go out for brunch/lunch every once and a while, by myself. I won’t do it every week, as to not spend too much money on it. Now that I have a sort of part-time job and get a steady paycheck every two weeks, I can finally afford to go out every once and a while, and just grab a little something to eat.

I got a little work done on my query letter and one to two page synopsis for AMM Round 4 (Submission window opens next week, on the 16th!), tweaking the synopsis now that I’ve changed the overall idea of the book while revising. My query is pretty much polished, but needs one last read through for grammar mistakes. I’m planning on running my query, synopsis, and fifty page submission excerpt through Grammarly, which is an awesome program/website that helps correct grammar for pretty much any kind of Doc., like a manuscript, essay, paper, letter, etc.

I’ve been using it in college, for my English class, to correct my atrocious grammar, as it’s been approved for use by my professor, so it’s teacher approved! It’s super easy to use, with two versions; the free version and the premium version, with different subscriptions.

I use the free version, mostly because I don’t need the advanced tool set for college papers, just yet. The premium version shows you more advanced issues with the docs. you upload. I’m thinking of asking my parents to pay for the advanced version for me, not only for my personal writing, but also for my academic writing.

Other than that, I’m sort of low key working on revising the project I entered into AMM Round 3 with (didn’t get paired with a mentor), The Daughter of Cerridwen. I posted multiple, consistent updates as I took the book from the drafting stage, all the way to a seventh draft. I soon thereafter put out the call for betas and the wonderful, talented Gwen C. Katz, author of the equally fantastic Among The Red Stars, responded!

She did a super in-depth and very helpful line edit on the project, and made TDoC even better! I’m so grateful to her for the work she put into TDoC and the help she gave me. The Daughter of Cerridwen is so much better, plot, character, and writing-wise because of her and couldn’t be more grateful to her.

I’ve also begun plotting/outlining two new/old projects from a couple of years ago, and couldn’t be more excited about it. There will be more information on those soon, so stay tuned for that! The first is a redo on an old project, about three triplet monarchs who are, plot twists, the villain/antagonists of the story, though they themselves aren’t aware of this.

The second project is a redo of another old project, that’s sort of Anna Karenina meets Romeo and Juliet, tentatively titled The Empress of Valera. It’s kind of a YA Sci-Fi + High Fantasy, that’s partially set in space, on multiple planets. More on both soon!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!

Writing Update 3/8/18

Hello again everyone!

I finally finished the first round of revisions on A Hazy Shade of Winter, and it is currently complete at approximately 86,000 words and nearly 300 pages. I’m all set for Author Mentor Match Round Four, and am currently giving my query and 1-2 page synopsis another read through. I’m super happy with what I have so far and hope I picked this round of AMM!

I also super late minute decided to enter PitMad again, which is a pitch contest of sorts on Twitter, with the novel I entered last time around, The Daughter of Cerridwen. It currently sits at just over 60,000 words, but I’m hoping to add at least another 10,000 words to the manuscript in the next few days. It’s currently on it’s eighth draft, with one full deep revision already done, and six full read thrus.

It’s as good as it’s going to get for now, and I’m crossing my fingers that I at least get some good feedback, even if I don’t get any likes from literary agents or assistants, or get an offer of representation.

For now, I’m finally taking a little bit of a break from writing, though I have already started the first draft redo of an old idea from about two years ago, which is a Anastasia/Alternate Russian Revolution/Fairy tale retelling. It is tentatively titled The Tsarina. I have a super short old first draft, but have decided to completely rewrite it, and am super excited to do so! More information soon, I promise!

Wish me good luck on PitMad, AMM R4, and drafting! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!

Revision Update 3/6/18

I’ve finally finished revising part one! I’ve officially moved onto part two and chapter sixteen. I’ve got ten days to finish with part two, before AMM Round 4 submission opens on the 16th.

I’m hoping to have around 83-85K by the time I’m done, and, having done the calculations, I should have at least 83,000 words. I can’t wait to have the project be semi done, at least the way I want it to be. Re reading parts one and two has been super fun, seeing how far I’ve come with the story and with my writing.

I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but my query/synopsis are finally done, at least for now. I’m also planning on getting the manuscript professionally printed once I finish this round of revision, but this time with Staples or Office Depot, so I can pick it up in store the next day. I want a version I can use in my next round of revisions, whether I get selected by a mentor or not.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!

Revision Update 3/3/18

Hello everyone! So far, revisions are going super well. I’m up to the ninth chapter in the rewrite of A Hazy Shade of Winter and am making a lot of awesome progress.

I’m also working on refining my query letter and 1 to 2 page synopsis for my Author Mentor Match Round 4 submission package, as well as trying to determine which three chapters/fifty pages I want to include in my submission.

On Twitter, I posted a list of things you can expect to find in A Hazy Shade of Winter and I’ll share it now;

  1. Ambitious girls with their own agendas
  2. A villainous love interest (Name redacted b/c spoilers)
  3. A protagonist who must confront the consequences of her cowardice, morally bad deeds, and blackened heart
  4. A bad person who doesn’t become good when they die (No name, b/c spoilers!)
  5. One super messed up family; an exiled princess, a dead king, a vindictive Queen, and a treacherous/conniving Usurper.
  6. Bisexual Representation
  7. Kick-ass heroines
  8. Shakespeare


A Hazy Shade of Winter is essentially Hamlet meets Macbeth meets Once Upon a Time, with a dash of an alternate timeline Russian Revolution. I’m super excited at the prospect of being paired with a mentor through Author Mentor Match Round 4, and can only hope that someone will take a chance on my weird little book.


I’m slowly working on not only rewriting the manuscript, but also on increasing both the word count and page count. I’ve only managed to get nine chapters down so far, and have my spring break from NSCC next week, so I’m planning on spending the week working on AHSoW and focusing all my attention on it.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!

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Revision Update 3/2/18

Welcome back, to my second revision update on A Hazy Shade of Winter! In the last day or so, I’ve managed to get almost 14,000 words down for the rewrite, and am still working now.

I’m hoping to increase my current word count of 78,000 words to somewhere 85-90K words, by the time I finish this rewrite. Only part one, two, and the first half of part three will be completely rewritten, with part four being fine plot/character arc wise, but needing some grammar corrections.

I initially wasn’t going to completely rewrite the book from scratch, but instead make hand written notes on the printed out manuscript and add them to the first draft doc, but things have ended up changing, after some thought.

I realized part one and two were in need of some serious work and revision, so I decided to do a complete re-write of A Hazy Shade of Winter. So far, its been the best decision in terms of revision for me. I’m putting in some serious work so I can complete this full pass of the novel before the AMM Round 4 submission window closes, later this month.

I’ll be attempting to provide updates on my revisions for the next week or so, while I shift my complete focus onto this project. I’m hoping to have the rewrite completed by the end of next week, so I have a little time to do one last read though for grammar, as well fine tune my query letter and synopsis.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next revision update!

As a bonus for hitting 10,000 words in my revision, here’s the Spotify playlist for AHSoW, which just officially went live. Please enjoy and let me know what you think!


Revision Update 2/28/18

It is now officially day two of working on revisions for A Hazy Shade of Winter! I’m almost seven out of fifty-seven into revising, with twenty-two days to go until my self imposed deadline, as the deadline to submit to AMM is the 21st of March.

I’ve printed out the entirety of the manuscript and am using a pen to correct little grammar mistakes and add word/dialogue to input into the word doc. after I finish my hand written revisions. I’m hoping to increase my current word count of 77,000 words to at least 82,000 words, if not a few thousand more.

For now, I’m mainly focusing my main attention on parts one and two, as they need the most work, plot wise. I have a few kinks and holes to fix, because of how I chose to move on with parts three and four. I’m trying not to focus too much on grammar, because I know that’s not the most important thing right now, the plot and characters are.

I’ll be doing a second, super quick read through for grammar after the first round of revisions, to polish the manuscript as much as I possibly can before AMM Round 4 submissions.

In other news, I also finally got the professionally printed, spiral bound version of my manuscript in the mail today! I’m not going to be writing in it, at least not yet. I’m mainly going to keep it for the memories, as well as wanting to have a hard copy of the first draft on hand, just in case.

I’ve still got quite a lot of work to do on A Hazy Shade of Winter, but definitely have enough time to get everything I need to done, before the submission window closes. I’m super excited to keep working on this project, and to finally begin to focus on it a little more.

I have a mini spring break from NSCC all of next week, from the 5th-11th, so I’ll be spending all of my time writing, and the break couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m hoping to get everything I need to done by the end of next week, spending from the 11th-17th doing a small grammar read through, as well as refining my synopsis and query letter for submission to AMM.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next revision update!