I’m Going to Pavlov Dog the Crap Out of this Meditation Stuff

I’m Going to Pavlov Dog the Crap Out of this Meditation Stuff

Posted on Dec 1, 2018 in Essay, Interview | No Comments

When I saw MEDITATION on the daily schedule at my writers’ retreat my first thought was: that hippy crap will never work for me. My brain runs one-million miles per hour with no exit ramps or stop signs. There is no way in hell I’d be able to sit and chant “ohm” for an hour […]

100 Rejections. Let’s Celebrate.

100 Rejections. Let’s Celebrate.

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 in Essay | No Comments

I wrote this in 2016, when I was deep in the querying trenches trying to find the perfect agent. My work with YA4YA has me thinking a lot about that period of my life, because I’m trying to figure out the best way to mentor the authors I’ve decided to work with. I can’t say […]

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Interview, Promotions | No Comments

Not going to lie, Jason Preu is one of my all time favorite writers. The fact he happens to live in my same town, and I’m lucky enough to call him a friend is mind blowing. He’s the only poet on earth that I religiously read. He also happens to be the host of the […]

Life on Deadline

Life on Deadline

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Essay | No Comments

For me, the key to quality work on deadline is remove all decisions except the one’s that pertain to my scenes and characters. No real life decisions. No phone calls. No appointments outside the house. All of these things improve the likelihood of a successful day. My ground rules: 1) Recognize and appreciate the time […]

LitUP

LitUP

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Essay, KC Creates, KC Writes | No Comments

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m volunteering at a teen literary conference. I’m sitting at the book sales table talking to my new BFF, who’s name I can’t remember. The night before, she had asked about my shoes, “Were they comfortable when you got them?” In the midst of the very classy mixer, surrounded by […]

It’s Time for the LitUp Festival-Saturday 5/12/2018

It’s Time for the LitUp Festival-Saturday 5/12/2018

Posted on May 2, 2018 in KC Creates, KC Writes, Promotions | No Comments

Join me May 12th, 2018 at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s LitUp Festival. This all-day literary event was designed with teens in mind. I love when young fans get direct access to the creative minds that inspire them, and that’s exactly how MCPL set up the day. Teens are staffing the event and interviewing all of […]

The List

The List

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 in Essay | No Comments

•    Narrate an audio book. •    Travel to a foreign country on book tour. •    Receive unsolicited fan art. In 5th grade Owen has already accomplished something I aspire to do in my career. He created something that positively impacted another human. He helped me achieve one of my life-long goals by sending me my […]

2017

2017

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 in Essay, Review | No Comments

This year was big. I signed with a major literary agency, did my first solo reading, went to my first writers’ retreat, sat on an editorial panel at a writers’ conference with a major acquisitions editor from Penguin (looks like I haven’t told you guys about that yet, but I’ll get that story out to […]

On Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

On Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Interview, KC Creates, KC Writes | No Comments

At The Color Eater debut on August 12th, 2017 we did a mini question and answer session.  The crowd at the Uptown Arts Bar had a ton of fantastic questions, and we clearly didn’t have time for me to answer all of them. This post is dedicated to the questions ON WRITING. Check out my […]

Off Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

Off Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in Interview, KC Creates, KC Writes | No Comments

At The Color Eater debut on August 12th, 2017 we did a mini question and answer session.  The crowd at the Uptown Arts Bar had a ton of fantastic questions, and we clearly didn’t have time for me to answer all of them. This post is dedicated to the questions OFF WRITING, check out my […]