critique groups

Character Lessons

Character Lessons

Did you know your book characters can speak to you? One day as I was sorting through the comments from some critique groups about how it was difficult to connect to the main character, Ally, I stopped in my tracks. She’s kind of sarcastic, I thought. Suddenly I realized what I thought were witty cute […]

Writing Ideas

Writing Ideas

People ask me where I get ideas for my writing. The truth is most authors pull from their life and imagination. If you pay attention to what’s going on around you, you’ll find the most intriguing stories. In Lake Surrender I borrowed some characteristics from a couple of my students to make up the character […]

Lake Surrender - Coming soon!!

Lake Surrender – Coming soon!!

Hey friends, Just wanted to give you an update for my first novel, Lake Surrender. It will be coming out this fall but my publisher is keeping me busy as we get ready for a launch. No, not a rocket launch but hopefully just as powerful. I’m very thankful for all those who have stepped […]

Why Do I Need a Critique Group?

Why Do I Need a Critique Group?

Carol here:   I’m very tickled to have Andrea Merrell be my guest poster. Andrea is a editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and and I got to know her when she edited my first book. (Wow, that seems funny to say). This editor has helped many and now has her owm book. She’s […]