NA romance tagged posts

The Longest Way Down: the inspiration

November 17, 2016 Writing  No comments

May 2013    I saw The Place Beyond the Pines. It's a mediocre indie film where Ryan Gosling plays this stunt motorcycle rider covered in tattoos (no, I didn't really buy it either). In the film, he has a teenage son. I don't remember the particulars, but I just remember being so struck by how lost this boy was. He looked so sad and broken, like he was just trying to find his way.

Would he find his way? What would that look like? Could another person, a girl, save him?

The spark was lit. 

December 2013    Started listening to Twenty One Pilots album Vessel. Fell in love with their song The Run and Go. I loved the lyrics, the tension, the angst. 

I can't take them on my own, my ownPa, I'm not the one you know, you knowI have

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Inspiration: Running to Stand Still

May 5, 2016 Writing  2 comments

After a tumultuous, two year process, I am so freaking excited to announce that my next book, Running to Stand Still, a New Adult Romance, will be out August 2016!

Running to Stand Still is the story of a girl desperate to leave her hometown behind her in the rearview mirror, and a boy worth staying for.

This story started to form in my mind during the winter of 2012.

I was settling in after a year of epic change + rapid decision making (moving, buying a house, getting married - all at the age of 19) and was starting to feel very, very trapped.

I was driving to class at Wayne State University, winter semester of my Junior year.

Paradise by Coldplay was playing

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Writing Romance: Struggling with Plot & Structure

February 3, 2016 Writing  No comments

For the past five or six months I've been working my way through the second draft of my second novel (still no official title yet). 

And I'm happy to announce that the second draft is complete! (But, of course, there's still a minimum of three drafts to go.) 

I have made it out alive, but not, unfortunately, unscathed. 

When I first started working on this book, I knew the four major events (plot points, turning points) that happened. I knew the overall theme and feel of the story. I mostly knew the characters. But everything else, I let flow as I wrote. I let the characters take me to places I hadn't expected them to (which led to one particularly heart-wrenching scene). I let the characters reveal themselves to me in their own time (ah, I can't wait

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Breaking the rules: The Charm Necklace

February 2, 2016 Writing  No comments

I probably broke more than just the rules listed below, but these are the only ones that stick out to me. 

1.) Writing in first person point of view is the hardest to write. So you shouldn't try it for your first novel. Or, really ever, because your readers might have a hard time relating to your protagonist. 

I remember the first time I heard this at a writing conference. I was in the final stages of production and was about to publish. And this statement caught me totally by surprise. Because not only did I really enjoy writing in first person, it was the view I naturally wrote in. I wouldn't say it was easy or that I'm the best at it, but, for me, it was easier than writing in third person. (Which I did try for a chapter or two in the beginning efforts

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Chapter One & Chapter Two from upcoming NA Romance book

December 31, 2015 Writing  2 comments

*Not finalized version, apologies for any incorrect spellings or grammar. psst. Prologue not included 

 

Chapter One

Collin

December 31st

            There was just something about her.

            It struck me when I saw her; pulling into the small back parking lot of the bar my three roommates insisted I got to early to secure a table for tonight.

            Fuckers were lucky I had the day off and was bored out of my skull by the time seven o’clock rolled around.

            I pressed lightly on the breaks of my truck when I saw her slam the driver’s door of an old Jeep Cherokee shut and start walking towards the door, her dark hair blowing out behind her.

            She looked up at me and paused when she

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