From The Author

Hey Readers! If you are looking for some excitement and mystery, with a little adventure, you have come to the right place! 'The Mystery of M' Series is targeted toward teen to young adults who enjoy a good mystery/adventure. Be sure to click on "Comment" and leave me a note with your thoughts. Enjoy the site!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

One reader commented: "The rock climbing chapter was pretty exciting." ~ The Mystery of Millions

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Meet the Authors at La Jolly Public Library!

Please join up to 28 local authors at the La Jolla / Riford Branch Public Library where they will be discussing and displaying the latest books available for readers of all ages. The event will be located in the library's Community Room. In the afternoon guest speakers Penny Sansevieri, Terry Ambrose, and Jennifer Coburn will be discussing topics about writing and getting published.

Our authors will have books for all ages (mystery, romance, children, adventure, suspense---you name it!).

Many of our authors are award-winning, and books will be available for sale and signed autographs.

Event Date: Saturday March 26, 2016
Event Time: 10AM - 5PM
Event Place: La Jolla/Riford Branch Public Library
7555 Draper Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 552-1657

Please share the word with family, friends, and any avid readers you know. I personally will be displaying my books from 10am - 2pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trivia #1: October 4th, 2015

Mystery of M Trivia #1: Which character has played a part in each book so far, but his/her physical description is not mentioned? Leave a comment!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

I am excited about the upcoming book fair. Once again, the local authors have been invited to come to the RB Alive Fair, June 7th from 10 am – 4 pm. It is always an exciting time to meet my readers and fellow writers. I hope to see you there! Please come up and say hi! I would love to meet you!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December 24, 2014

Hi Readers! I hope you are all ready to have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family. One of my readers, took my second book, The Mystery of Millions, when she traveled to Israel. She took a picture of herself sitting in the Dead Sea reading, in lieu of the customary "newspaper" shot tourists often take.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 6, 2014

I have heard “writing is a process.” Okay, that’s great, but what’s the goal?” I have many goals in my writing, and I find I am more motivated when I set smaller goals that are achievable, even when I keep the larger goal in mind.
Here is an example: As a freshman and sophomore in high school, I realized I wanted to write, but I didn’t work toward a goal. I wrote when I wanted to and stopped when I didn’t feel like it. I enjoyed writing for myself and that was great!
It was years later, after hearing about other young writers getting published that I even thought if it was possible for me.
I guess you can say the rest is history. Even if you only have a few minutes, get to writing! It’s amazing what you can do in a short amount of time.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 6, 2014

Sitting down to homemade pizza! Keep a lookout and it might just show up in a future book.

Friday, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

I had a great opportunity to speak at a local middle school on Friday. It was a great experience and though I was the one “leading” the class, I learned something too. It was fun having the kids think outside the box and hearing their ideas about different topics. I touched on the 3 basic avenues I use to help me write. 1) Choose a 1-word topic, 2) Free-write in bubble format or a journal entry about that topic, 3) Write 5 next steps for the characters. I think the key with #3 is that if you think of a next step that is completely out of character for that person, still write it down. That’s one thing about this exercise. It is best to keep writing and not critique your writing. That way you can get your creativity on paper where you can actually see it and come back to it later. If you, in the future, want to use that “out of character” next step for a different story, you will already have it written down and can use it accordingly.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

The following words in this blog entry I wrote by hand first, but then I got to thinking, “This is a good conversation piece.”
Okay, I’m writing right now because I really just want to form letters. Weird, right? Have you ever done something many times without even realizing what you’re doing it, let alone why you’re doing it? My desire to start writing just now got me thinking, there are many different reasons why I might write, either on paper or electronically. I might want to form letters (weird, but that’s how this entry got started). I might want to get an idea across in an essay-type format. I might want to write down an idea so I don’t forget it. I might want to work on making my writing easy to read. Or various other reasons. Hmmm. . . Does that translate to other things in life?
A person might have a variety of reasons to go back to school. Maybe to change careers. Get a better paying job. Possibly because they feel like they have to for one reason or another.

Can you think of a few other areas of your life where you might have a few different reasons to do one task?

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Hi Readers! 
I have wonderful news! Major Market in Escondido has my books! This is the first store to carry my books, so if you’re in the area please check out my Christmas display!

God is so good! I see this as another way to praise Him and show His love to those who I might not even meet in person. It is so exciting!!!!! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013

Wonderful News, Readers!
I was talking to another local author at the last book event I attended and she told me that Major Market likes to support local authors. It sounded kind of too good to be true, so I didn’t do much about it . . . till today. I finally decided, with my third book coming out, that I really wanted to sell my book and get it out there in the market for my target audience to see, read, and enjoy. I took a step of faith, trusting God that everything would work out in his timing. Well, as you might have guessed He worked everything out exactly as He had already planned it. I walked into Major Market this morning and spoke with the manager, Sharon Hendrix. She is really nice and immediately showed me back to the book/gift section. I was really excited I was even being considered. Yay!
She mentioned about a display and of course something like shouldn’t be too hard to find, right? . . . Wrong. I traveled to closest office supply store and they actually said that if I can come about three weeks ago they would have had some old displays I could have. Unfortunately, they had already thrown them out. No luck! . . . Finally, after going to various other office supply stores and yes, even dumpster diving, we finally found a display that was available. “Just let us know when done with it and we’ll come back.”  “Oh, that’s okay,” they said. “I’ll move the books and you can have it now.”

Thank you, Lord! You worked it out perfectly!!!!!!!!!! Another thing that Sharon mentioned in our short interview was that I will be able to do a book signing! Woohoo!!!! That is great, right? Well, keep following my updates and I’ll let you know the minute I have a date and time! . . . Oh, happy reading!  J

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 2013

Hi Readers!
I have an awesome opportunity to join other local authors at the Paradise Hills Public Library on September 21, 2013! It is a Saturday and the event is from 10 am- 1 pm. I hope you will stop by if you’re in the area. I would love to meet you and hear about your reading and writing endeavors.
The third book in The Mystery of M series will be available by Christmas, but you might just get a sneak preview if you come to the Paradise Hills Library event. Hope to see you all there!
Library Location: 5922 Rancho Hills Drive, MS 17, San Diego, CA 92139

Friday, July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

Back in October 2012, I wrote about a time I was eating a bowl of grapes. From my exact position, I thought I had eaten all the grapes, but when I looked from a different perspective I saw that there were more grapes still in the bowl. I was reminded of this story just this week when I was enjoying another bowl of grapes. This time the bowl was wider and flatter so all the grapes were plainly visible. While I was eating I realized that this wider perspective is how God sees our lives. He has a grand, wide perspective and he can see all that goes on. Nothing falls through the cracks. On the other hand, sometimes we as humans only have a very narrow view of life. We might not see all that God is doing because of our narrow perspective. I think it is a good idea to take some time to step back and look at especially difficult situations from God’s perspective. When we do we will get a wider, more complete view of what He has for us.  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013

We received notice that our power would be shut off for a few hours in the morning today as well as also this afternoon. I made sure my computer was charged so I could still work on my story. It is times like this that I am thankful for my laptop computer. If I was still using a desktop I wouldn’t be able to work on my story right now. Well, I think this is a good time to share what you are thankful for. Add a comment to this post and let me and others know what you are thankful for. Happy Saturday! And to the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8, 2013

Hi Blog Readers!
I had a great time meeting with some excited readers/writers this last week at a few local middle schools. I shared some techniques for starting to write and what to do when you get really stuck. It was a great time and I enjoyed meeting the excited students. It was especially cool to sign an autograph to a girl who already loves my books. I hope to see you all at the next book fair! Keep checking this blog for more information!