Why I Kept Living

I have kept my story to myself for a long time. I can’t really say why. I guess it’s because of the fear of being judged, or being thought of as “weird,” or one of the million other reasons why people don’t want to talk about their depression or mental health. But I realized that…

2019 Headshot!

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“Otherwise Perfect” live reading

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my first author appearance! I’m still so thankful for A Novel Idea for having me, and I hope to line up more readings and/or book signings this year. Check out the reading of (most of) the first chapter of my novel Otherwise Perfect!

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s never an easy thing to talk about if you’re struggling, or an easy thing to hear if you’re the one listening. It’s awkward, and deeply personal to discuss emotions, so it’s easy to just avoid the topic all together, to cast it aside with religion and politics as…

Book Sale!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In honor of the last week of this month, my debut novel Otherwise Perfect is now on sale through May 31st! (Kindle edition only) The novel covers the “taboo” subjects of mental illness, most notably depression, suicidal thoughts, and the struggle for acceptance. Ultimately, it’s a story about friendship…

For My Mother

It’s been almost five years since my mom passed away suddenly. I honestly don’t know how I’ve gotten through those years without her guidance, without talking to her on the phone, without her hugs, without hearing her voice. But I think the reason I have been able to get through losing her is because of…

Author Reading: Otherwise Perfect

I had my first ever live author reading on Wednesday night in Canton, GA. My sister was able to grab the perfect seat to record it for me! I was super nervous, but thrilled to be part of this awesome event! http://bit.ly/op_reading More about A Novel Idea… A Novel Idea is a free gathering of…

Live Reading!

I am very excited to announce that I will be doing my first ever live reading on April 18th, 2018, in Canton, Ga. I will be reading an excerpt from my novel Otherwise Perfect, and I will also be available to answer questions and chat. There will be four other local authors also in attendance, with…

Write On

Every stroke of the keys Every curl of the pen Reminders of what might have been This life, this heart, this voice May be caged in silence Until the spark rises to become a fire Until the pen proves itself mightier When love remains an improbable song These fingers, they will write on When this…

Author editorial: Otherwise Perfect

My amazing friends at Target Audience Magazine asked me to write a short editorial piece on my novel Otherwise Perfect. It was a good chance for me to explain why I wrote a story centered on a character who is suffering from depression. This novel started out as a short story back in 2006, and writing it…

Out of the Darkness Walk

I believe suicide can be prevented, and it starts with one simple thing: talking about mental illness. It’s not easy to talk about, but nothing worth it is ever easy. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the top organization in the country in preventing suicide and raising awareness and helping people find treatment. I’m…