Character Introduction: Wybie Normal from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

I’m so excited about the upcoming release of Doomy Prepper, I wanted to share a bit about each of my five main characters. Doomy, of course, is our lead and I’ll write about him later. But there are four supporting characters, Doomy’s friends, that deserve a big shout out.
One of the tools I like to employ when I’m writing is a story bible. It’s a large 9x12 mixed media art book. In it I glue magazine images that inspire my setting, the plot, and my characters. Part of the bible includes character interviews where I get to know each one of my characters, who they are, what makes them tick, and their backstory. This isn’t necessarily included in the book because who wants a big info dump with a character’s backstory? Not me. But bits and pieces of the character are revealed through word choice, reactions to situations, and their relationships. I love my story bible and refer to it often as I’m creating.
Now that you know a little about how I create, I want to introduce you to the firs…

Elle's Secret Wish Cover Reveal!

I wanted to send you all a humungous thank you for your support on the launch of Callie's Magical Flight, book one in the UNICORN TALES series. It's been nearly a month since the release and Callie continues to do well. I couldn't have done that without your help! Thank you for spreading the word and sharing the book with young readers and unicorn lovers in your life. If you haven't already done so, I would absolutely love if you left a review on Amazon. Reviews help me reach more readers.

Since the release of Callie last month, life has been a bit chaotic. July zoomed past in this weird fast-paced, slow-motion, anxiety-ridden haze. Unfortunately, this has made it a challenge to enjoy summer vacation.

At the end of June, I took a trip to New York to visit with my parents. As I was wrapping up the visit, my dog, Lily, became very ill with a tick borne illness. She's 13 and because she was sick with another illness earlier in the year, she had a difficult time fighting…

Cover Reveal for an ALL NEW SERIES Part 12!

The day is finally here! This all new series, this book that is part of my heart, this journey I've been on, has reached it's cover reveal destination.

We've spent a lot of time together over the last six weeks. You've learned a bunch about my characters and the setting. You've learned there's a monster, an army of red-eyed teddy bears, a UFO, and five kids in this story. Today you get to learn the title!

Let me officially introduce you to DOOMY PREPPER'S COMPLETE GUIDE: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse!

The main character, that guy leading the pack, that's Doomy. Doomy Prepper. Those kids behind him are his friends. Clockwise: Melissa, Peter, Bryce, and Wybie. They're about to embark on a journey that will take them to places they've never seen, experience things they never thought possible, and form an unbreakable friendship.

Doomy documents everything in his notebook, which the illustrator, Sean Bova, envisioned even better than …

Cover Reveal for an ALL NEW SERIES Part 11!

Today my main character finally gets to make his debut appearance on the cover of his book! Unfortunately, I can't tell you his name or it would spoil the title. (Oops! I just gave you a hint!) But you do get to meet this adorable (he'd hate to be called that) eleven year old.

Every part of this character was well executed by my fabulous illustrator, Sean Bova. (Bet you almost thought I'd forget to mention him again. Never!) Sean is truly incredible. From the first moment I described the character, Sean understood my vision. It was as if he were able to see directly inside my head. Not just what he looks like, but the clothes he wears, his funny quirks, and his interactions with other characters. I feel extremely lucky that Sean and I were able to connect for this series. It's been a privilege to work with him.

Take a minute and look close at each of the characters. Notice their clothing choices, the items they're holding, and even their hairstyles. This is a clue …

Cover Reveal for an ALL NEW SERIES Part 10!


We've reached tile ten.

This piece reveals tons of information about the story.

First, you get a little more of the title. Well, the subtitle. You may be able to figure out what it says at this point.

Second, for those who've been wondering what four kids, a weird monster, an army of red-eyed teddy bears, and a school bus all have in common, this may just tie it together! Look closely. See that black oval shape with glowing lights? The one just behind the title. It's hovering over the school. Yup, that one! That's what I'm talking about. It's a UFO.

Third, I'm giving you another hint. It's not in the cover. It's about pre-order. Yup. You can preorder this book on July 2nd! That's only a week away! I hope you're excited about grabbing your copy as I am for you to read it!

Until next time!

Cover Reveal for an ALL NEW SERIES Part 9!

Today's tile reveals a BIG piece of the pie, I mean title. Why am I thinking about pie? So hungry. Excuse me, I'm very distracted.

Anyway, back to the cover reveal. Yes, a piece of the title. If you've heard me talk about this book over the past half a decade, then you've probably guessed which story it is. If not, see if you can try to piece it together!

Stay tuned for the last three tiles and one more hint! (Hint: it's about the preorder!)

Cover Reveal for an ALL NEW SERIES Part 8!

Well, we've reached the eighth tile. Eight out of twelve. That's 3/4 of the way there. 
This cover reveal will be wrapping up in just four days and that's a bit bittersweet for me. As I mentioned way back on the first post, this book has taken quite a journey. It wasn't always about the destination for me. It was about the journey I was on. Not just as a writer and artist but as a friend, as a mother, as a wife, and as a mentor. Much like the characters in my book, it really is a bit surreal to have been on this awesome, fantastical, inspiring adventure. 
Today's reveal is my name. That may not seem like much to you, but to me, it's everything. To see my name on the cover of a book is about as amazing as it gets. I'm grateful for the opportunity to write books for children as well as for the people who love and influence those kids. It's a calling and a privilege and I'm humbled by it. Thank you for putting my books in the hands of readers. That'…