Would You Rather Be a Bestselling Hack or a Critical Darling?

So Erik Hanberg and I have been discussing some pretty interesting topics on our podcast lately. Here are some of my favorites: Would You Rather Be a Bestselling Hack or a Critical Darling? Is “One Great Thing” the Secret to Artistic Success? How Are Technology and Science Portrayed in Movies and TV? Check em out!


Sunset Boulevard is the most famous (and probably the best) movie about Hollywood ever made. So now it’s virtually impossible to write about Hollywood without at least being aware of the movie, either to pay homage or to avoid looking like you’re ripping it off. In the case of my 2015 book Barefoot in the […]

About the Ending of GRAND & HUMBLE…

So I recently released a revised edition of an older book of mine, Grand & Humble, which tells the story of the most popular teenager in a high school, and the least popular kid, and the mystery of how the two boys are linked. (It’s currently available for FREE in all e-platforms.) It’s one of […]


So I’ve been busy promoting my latest book, Three Truths and a Lie (twisty psychological thriller!). But I’ve had some help from the folks at USB Memory Direct, who sent me some promotional flash drives to help promote the book. Pretty cool, huh? For an unusual promotional gimmick,┬ácheck em out here. And if you want […]

Q&A: All About THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE (My Latest Book)

Three Truths and a Lie, my latest book, is a change of pace for me. Part horror novel, part twisty puzzle box thriller, it’s the story of four teenagers who spend a weekend in a remote cabin in the rainforests of Washington State, and soon find themselves terrorized by some locals. Or is it the […]

Here Me Talk About My New Book, THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE

So I have a new book out (on 8/2/16) called Three Truths and a Lie. It’s a twisty YA psychological thriller (with gay teens!). Erik and I talked about it in the latest episode of our podcast.

What is it About Plot That Makes Us So Picky?

I’ve been watching the AMC mini-series The Night Manager, and for the most part, I’m loving it. Great characters, an interesting set-up, terrific acting (especially by Hugh Laurie!). But with all the plot-twists, my husband Michael and I keep looking at each other, saying, “Well, that was convenient, wasn’t it?” Even though we love it, […]

Sex and Violence in the Video for THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE

Some friends and I are in the process of putting together a little preview video for my upcoming book Three Truths and a Lie (a YA psychological thriller due in August). Check out these photos from the set! (Needless to say, I’ve taken to heart the old adage that “sex and violence sells!” But it’s […]

My Song, “This Time and Place,” is Now For Sale!

So I previously mentioned how I had written and recorded a song to go along with the release of my latest book, The Road to Amazing. Now that song is for sale — on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever you normally buy music! Once again, here’s the story behind the song, “This Time and Place.” And […]

All About Twist Endings!

In our latest Media Carnivores podcast, Erik Hanberg and I take on a subject near and dear to my heart: twist endings! What are some good (and bad) examples of twist endings in books and movies, and how do you write them? I also discuss my theory that almost every story should have a twist […]