I was feeling a bit discouraged about my book last week. Then I met with my new YA writing group on Friday. They. Are. Awesome. I love them! And I had some fun writerly chats with my friend Julie. And I had some good book chats with my friend, Anna, who has her Masters in Lit so she’s super fun to talk to about books.

And I got this rosy glow in my heart. Or was it a burning in my cheeks? ^_^

At any rate, I love being a writer. Not just for the obvious reason: I love writing. But I love talking about writing and discussing books the way writers do and thinking about writing and hanging out with other writers. I love telling people I’m a writer.

And, I really needed that. It was a rough few weeks, so it was really nice to feel good about my life’s work. (Well, my non-family life’s work.)

What do you love about being a writer?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

3 thoughts on “Love.

  1. I love hearing you talk about writing, or writing about talking about writing and how much you love talking and writing about writing and how much you love it. (writing) (right? not talking)

    What was the cheek thing? Did you get hurt?

  2. I’m so excited for you that you have a new writing group! Every single time I meet with my writing group I still can’t believe how lucky I am that I found them and that they let me in!! I learn so much from them and I love, love, love the conversations that we have. All those hypothetical “what if your character does this instead?” and such. Yep, the writing group is definitely one of my favorite parts of being a writer. And connecting with awesome people like you!

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