Why a Pen Name?

  I've been getting asked this question frequently from my friends. The answer is pretty simple. For the last eight years, I have been a digital scrapbook kit designer. My real name is very "internet" associated with that business. If you google my name; stores, galleries, other people's blogs using my products, features...etc...all of those [...]

Location Research

  I've chosen a location for a story, and now I've begun the research. This might be one of my favorite parts of creating. Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska. The biggest city in the Aleutian Islands and the largest commercial fishing port in Alaska. I'm finding this town incredibly fun to research, and the landscape so unique [...]

Writing Rituals

*also spoiler alert if you haven't read The Island yet* I always wonder what other writers rituals are. As I was sitting yesterday and outlining my ideas and researching a particular town, I lined up my cup of green tea just so. I had my pen and paper. Candle lit. I had my earbuds and [...]

WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS IN THE ISLAND? PART THREE: MEET GABE.

WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS IN THE ISLAND? PART THREE: MEET GABE.

Name: Gabriel Johnson...if I have a middle name, I don't know it. Its not on my birth record anyway. Place of birth: Los Angelas, California Parents: Don't know them, but I was born, so I assume I have them. Ethnic background: Yeah...you're asking me a lot of questions I don't have answers to. Places lived: Los [...]

Who are the characters in the Island? Part one: Meet Amie.

Name: Amie Ruthann Graham Sex: Pretty sure I'm female Age: A lady never tells Interesting physical characteristics: You mean the fact that I'm short? That's rude. *laughs and cocks her eyebrows* Background: Where and when were you born? A long freaking time ago in Hood River, Oregon Where have you lived? I grew up in [...]