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From Twitter to Real Life: Meeting Authors Offline


awesome-authorsWhile the road trip, we were able to carve out some time to meet more of my author friends for the first time face-to-face. First up was Kennedy Ryan, author of some steamy romance novels. We became fast friends after meeting through our mutual friend, Katie Oliver. She’s as funny and effervescent in person as she is online and I don’t think my husband got a word in edgewise the whole time we were in the restaurant having lunch together.

I’m pretty sure we talked pretty fast for two straight hours and that heads turned with our raucous laughter. We spoke of our writing processes, self-publishing, book cover art, her foundation – Myles-A-Part – and her son’s adjustment to their move to San Diego, and many other things. Lunch flew by too fast and I was sad at having to part so soon. Kennedy is the kind of good energy you want to be around.


After lunch, we spent another couple of hours or so walking through Balboa Park with Richard Mellinger. I was drawn to Richard on Twitter, not only through a network of mutual author friends¬†but because of his quirky sense of humor and ability to always surprise me with his twists on his short stories. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve said to him, “I did not see that coming!” – and I’m the one who can usually spot the twists from far away. He gets me every single time.

He is smart as a whip and our conversation varied from physics, teaching, dogs, and Sasquatch to name a few. Together we witnessed koi trying to eat ducks that were sharing a pond with them and proceeded to make all kinds of jokes about them as well as the giant koi we found in the Japanese Friendship Garden. Some moments we had no idea where we were going, we just walked and talked until we ran into a dead end – that was part of the fun of it. Next time we’re going to the zoo, right Richard? ūüėČ

I’m still waiting for his publisher to set a date for his debut novel to drop. *drums fingers on desk*

One author I was hoping to meet up with was T.H. Hernandez. We met online seven years ago when we were both gluten-free bloggers and then lost touch when she stepped back from blogging. She found me on Twitter as we were both working on our debut novels and it’s like we never had that gap. She’s been a supportive friend through the years and I hope our next visit to San Diego will include a meet up with her.

On our drive home, we stopped in Arizona because it would’ve been sacrilege to not get together with my partner in crime, Douglas B. Wimmer. He cooked Japanese curry for us and we went miniature golfing. This last picture is a good representation of what it’s like when Doug and I get together.


That disturbance you feel in the Force is us up to no good.


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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Everywhere A Sign

I’ve joked with friends that one day¬†I’m going to write a crime thriller with a sinister serial killer that will freak everyone out. I can come up with creative ways for someone to exact revenge. Chaz asked if there was something he needed to know when when he read The Heart Of The Matter. I think The Unearthing was a little unsettling for him too.

Thrillers are not the type of story that live in my head Рrealistic stories are in there, begging to be written. However, I saw signs on our trip leading me to believe that somewhere down the road, there just might be a crime thriller living in my head.

I’ll let you be the judge…

Road trip signs 1

DEAD END. Not, NO OUTLET. DEAD END. There is nothing but death at the end!

Road trip signs 2

My kind of place.¬†*rubs hands together with an evil grin* Let’s go!

Road trip signs 3

CAUTION: Massacre site ahead. What? That’s what it says, right?

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Sabbatical Sunsets


Montana sunset

Last fall, Chaz was given six weeks off for a sabbatical. We spent five of those weeks on a road trip to the west coast and working our way down the coast before returning home. Part of the fun I had was chasing the setting sun. My first picture was taken in Montana because weather was bad in Wisconsin on our first day.

Some sunsets were difficult to capture because of where we were while in the car in relation to the sunset, but I snapped as many as I could. While working on the scrapbook, I asked myself why I haven’t shared them yet. I didn’t have a good answer.

So here you go, some of my favorite sunsets on our adventure.

Sunset 2

Washington sunset, headed for Seattle.

Sunset 3

Vacaville sunset while shopping at the outlet mall

Sunset 4

Downtown Napa sunset

Sunset 5

Fresno sunset from our hotel room

Sunset 6

One of my favorite sunset views – my best friend’s house in Los Angeles

Sunset 7

Encinitas sunset

If you read Family Ties, we were in Encinitas for almost a week and I took pictures of some points of interest from the book and shared them during a Facebook party. The above picture was taken our first day while driving my best friend’s mom home after taking her out to dinner.

Sunset 8

Cardiff Beach sunset

Cardiff Beach is one of the points of interest in Family Ties. The evening even gave us a burnt orange sunset.

Sunset 9

Balboa Park sunset

We had just spent the afternoon with two different author friends of mine before the sunset above. First was lunch with Kennedy Ryan, and then wandering Balboa Park with Richard Mellinger. I am going to share more from this day later – because writers.

Sunset 10

Carlsbad sunset

Sunset 11

San Elijo sunset

Sunset 12

Another Carlsbad sunset

Sunset 13

Arizona sunset

The above is from our hotel room while waiting to meet my partner in crime, Douglas B. Wimmer, for dinner. There may or may not have been a competitive game of miniature golf afterward. I’ll never tell.

Sunset 14

New Mexico sunset in the rearview

Sunset 15

Oklahoma sunset

Oklahoma was the the last sunset on the road. And yes, if you’re checking out the gas pump, it really says “Kum & Go.” We are all twelve right now.


Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized


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