Silence

Silence

I just finished an audiobook in the car with my kids.  Well, it’s a long series of books called the Unwanteds and we just finished the third book.  My son picked it up in the library one day (on the cover it says ‘The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter’ … who wouldn’t love that!)  and he wanted to take a listen.  3 audiobooks later, and we’re hooked … and the voiceover work is awesome too (for any of you out there with kids who are audiobook addicts like mine, I recommend it, though my kids are young for some of the themes, it’s no more than any Grimm’s fairytale.) Continue reading “Silence”

Sex and YA Books

Sex and YA Books

So, I originally set out to write a YA novel.  I knew that The Storyteller’s Throne would be centered around the time in our lives between the teen years and the beginning of being an adult and I figured the book itself would be geared toward people around that age and also those who were parents of kids around that age range.

Turns out, as I wrote the book, more adult themes came into play.
Themes like consensual sex, suicide, sexual abuse … Continue reading “Sex and YA Books”

My Family’s Favorite Audiobooks

Just because I often see people looking for good audiobooks for the family … These are my current top ten … All of these compelling audiobooks have great reading and awesome stories, sometimes adventurous, sometimes gross, sometimes funny, always entertaining!  Good for kids and adults alike – isn’t that always the challenge!

1. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
2. The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann
3. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
4. Matilda … by Roald Dahl performed by Kate Winslet
5. The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
6. Rump by Leisl Shurtliff
8. The Sister’s Grimm series by Michale Buckley
9. The Lion Boy series by Zizou Corder
10. A Tale Dark and Grimm series by Adam Gidwitz

Finding “The Magic”

Finding “The Magic”

A great novel is subjective. Everyone has their own taste, their own style, what they like to read and what they enjoy in the quiet of their life.  I’ve always enjoyed an easy read, one that has magic, something just a little bit more than the ordinary but yet a book that makes me think and delve into everyday rituals and the major themes of life.

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Why Write a Book?

Why Write a Book?

I’m not sure what made me want to actually start to write a book.  I guess I figured it’s not as messy as visual art, which I love … And my studio supplies have been temporarily moved to the basement to make a homeschool space for my kids, so just the trips up and down 2 flights of stairs to set up a creative space is enough to tire me out before I even start … ha!

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How to Mama, Write, and Not Go Crazy?

How to Mama, Write, and Not Go Crazy?

 How do you write a 300+ page book in 2 months while homeschooling a 7, 8 and 1-year-old?   I have no idea … honestly, I look back and I don’t even remember writing half the words I wrote.  But when I look back and read them, which I’ve done a ridiculous amount of times at this point, I’m impressed at my own subconscious for pulling everything together … LOL!

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