My Writing

Overview of my writing process

My first manuscript took over 4 years to write. I hit a few roadblocks in both the storyline and life.  (Teaching is a tough and time consuming job). I questioned my ability to write (was I any good?) but a New Year’s resolution at the start of 2015 forced me to finally finish the book.

I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November of 2015 and completed the 50,000 word challenge. They call that being a “winner” so I guess I am starting off on the right foot.  NaNoWriMo helped give me the push to write my second manuscript in 30 days. There was a lot of editing and tweaking and finishing up that happened after November ended, but 90% of the book was at least out of my brain and on paper which was exhilarating but also intimidating. Visit nanowrimo.org to learn more about this fantastic challenge.

Manuscript #1 

Tentative Title: We Are Forever Changed

They say that there are moments in life that you will forever use as a time holder.  Moments that you will mark the number of years before and after the event.  Moments that will forever change you, your family, your friends, and your life.  The actual moment is usually very brief but the impact of this moment ripples throughout one’s life, seeming to never end. I’ve heard about these moments but I just never thought I would experience mine at such an early age and I could never have predicted how big the ripples in my life would be.

Caroline: Her brother, Reid has just been killed. By accident. By his friend, Adam.

Blair: She is Caroline’s best friend. She wants to be there to support Caroline in her time of need, but it is her brother Adam that has accidentally killed Reid.

Or at least that’s what the police think at first.  Now Adam is on trial for murder and Caroline and Blair are on opposing sides. Was Reid really killed on accident? Is Adam being wrongly accused? Will Caroline and Blair’s friendship survive? Told from alternating viewpoints, delve into the chaotic world of of these two girls and see how they deal with the rough waters they are forced to encounter.

Manuscript #2 

Tentative Title: I’m Sorry for Doing Nothing

“Mrs. Abbott pulling me into her room was unexpected. That doesn’t happen in the drills. That wasn’t part of the plan. But now I have to make it part of the plan. I’m supposed to be out roaming the halls not stuck in here, face to face with my classmates. This wasn’t part of the plan and I should know, because I AM the plan.

 I am the one causing all this chaos today.

 I am the one everyone is hiding from.”

What would cause someone to bring a gun into a school and begin shooting?  Schools across the nation practice what to do when the violent gunman enters their school, enters their safe little world. Because the gunman will, eventually.  And one day that gunman happens to be Finn Callahan. He is the monster that has shattered the safe world of his classmates.  But what made him do it?

Mrs. Abbott is the teacher that did what she has been trained to do. Sweep the hall, close the door, hide, and wait. But what do you do when you pull the actual gunman into your classroom and lock the door?

Lennon Caldwell is sitting right beside Finn and she never would have dreamed he would be “the bad guy.”  Quiet, kind, Finn Callahan could never bring this kind of destruction into their lives, could he? Following the perspective of three different characters, all the pieces to this violent puzzle come together in a shocking ending.

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