The Mess That Is Me


The Mess That Is Me is merely my unique observations about this crazy world that surrounds us and how I fit into it. Here I will share parts of my writing process and fears, some of our travels and reports of our events, and even about our quirky family. So grab a cup of coffee, settle back, and see what lies within this twisted mind of mine.

May 15, 2017

I admit it, and I’m not even embarrassed about it. I don’t hide it. I carry it with me wherever I go, right out in the open. It’s sitting beside me right now, as a matter of fact. In the guise of full disclosure, I’ll even confess that I had to purchase a new one becau...

June 28, 2016

(Getting a Seat at the Table: Books Signing Basics Part Four)

You’ve been invited to the dinner party, paced the floors in nervous anticipation, and now it’s finally time to take your seat. Over the last three weeks, we’ve talked about what an author should expect from...

June 21, 2016

(Getting a Seat at the Table: Book Signing Basics Part Three)

When my sister and I were just tiny tots, our family joined some visiting relatives at a popular restaurant here in town. Our cousin, sitting in her high chair, was more than merely boisterous for a two-year-...

June 6, 2016

(Getting a Seat at the Table: Book Signing Basics Part One)


So, you’re going to a book signing. I bet you’re excited, pumped with adrenaline and visions of long lines of readers just waiting to purchase a signed copy of one of your books. You have trouble sleeping at n...

May 16, 2016

The Fangirls series started out as an experiment. Wait, that’s not exactly true. Nikki, the first in the series, started out as a short story I was writing for an anthology, but for which I decided against. Then, people were telling me to take one of my novels and divi...

May 12, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me - January 2011)

If you've ever seen even one episode of The Big Bang Theory then you know Sheldon has his spot on the couch.  He's measured it between the bathroom and the fridge, positioned it for sunlight and the flow of air...

May 9, 2016

Six years ago, Sarah found herself in a hostile work environment. The manager of her company was a controlling, domineering man who tried to insinuate his way into the nooks and crannies of his employees’ lives as if he had a right to control their personal time. If th...

May 2, 2016

We have all read books and discovered those errors that made it through editing or typesetting and found their way into the final product, even books by the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson. It happens. No matter the quality of the editor, the publisher, or th...

April 19, 2016

What can I say? We had so much fun the first time, we just had to do it again. To be honest, I don’t see us skipping this one anytime soon. Taira Wilds does an incredible job keeping things fun and organized that we never have to worry about what’s going on or whether...

February 2, 2016

There seems to be at least two or three every day, takeover events for new releases, cover reveals, or just to get together and share with new readers and other authors. There may be some who don’t care to participate in these events, perhaps thinking them silly or a n...

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