As an author, I’ve spent a lot of time asking myself 'what if?' questions. What if you met the love of your life before you were ready to settle down? What if you were ready to settle down but hadn’t met the love of your life? Those two questions led to the idea for my first novel, Waiting at Hayden’s. The book I’m working on now called The Influencer started with this what if question: What if each chapter of a novel opened with a photo from a woman’s Instagram—that told one side of . . .
The complete storyline for the book I've been working on throughout the past year is below! I spoke a bit about it last week, in this blog post here. In case you missed it, it's tentatively called The Influencer and is about an unexpected connection that develops between a fashion blogger struggling with finding her true self and a man with a secret who volunteers to take her pictures during a sponsored trip that goes terribly wrong. Each chapter opens with a photo from the woman's . . .
This past year what’s interested me more than what people have been sharing on social media and even in day-to-day conversations with co-workers, friends, and romantic partners, is all the things people aren’t saying. How often in our lives are we completely vulnerable and real? Who are we when we’re not putting on a front? It’s tentatively titled The Influencer and primarily takes place during one weekend at a hotel on the marsh in South Carolina. It's about an unexpected connection that . . .
This past month I officially relocated back to the South! As most of you know, I wrote the first draft of Waiting at Hayden’s in Charleston, South Carolina during a gap year in college and moved here solely because I was a diehard Nicholas Sparks’ fan. (If you haven't checked out how being a diehard fan landed me in the hospital be sure to read that entertaining story here.) After that year, I went back and finished school at Santa Clara and have lived in California ever since. I’m a big . . .
Are you a reader? A writer? Or a shopper? If so, I’d love for you to join me on October 24 at Eberjey in Lido Village in Newport Beach! I’ll be speaking about writing the first novel where readers can shop the characters’ clothes and demonstrating this new reading experience: shopfiction™. I’ll also be talking a bit about my writing process, answering questions, and reading a scene from my next book, Map of Us, coming summer 2020! As most of you who have been following along with me for a . . .
This summer I had the opportunity to meet with many amazing book club groups in person, at Barnes & Nobles, and over Facetime. For those who’ve chosen Waiting at Hayden’s as a pick and hosted me, I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know you all and how much I’ve enjoyed the interesting discussions we’ve had. Not surprisingly most of our discussions have ended up straying from the actual story itself to talking about our own love lives—the risks we’ve all taken when it comes . . .