Every author will tell you that characters don’t always do what we had planned for them. And stories don’t always stick to the plot points in our outlines. (The nerve of them! Right?) But that’s fiction. In real life, we can plan better. Prepare. Have each and every minute step mapped out in fine detail,… Read More Imagine If We Could Rewrite Life
Life is an emotional journey. If you’ve read my bio, you already know I believe this. But what exactly does that mean? To me, it means we need to embrace life, feel each moment as we live it. Some of those emotions are wonderful. Some are painful. But we need to experience the bad times in… Read More What Could Possibly Be More Important to a New Author Than Marketing?
I’m proud to say I’m an indie author. What does that mean, you ask? Quite simply, it means that I am responsible for every aspect of writing, publishing, and marketing my work. This is the point where most people tend to look at me with an odd expression and ask, “Why would you want to… Read More Why Indie? The Answer Might Surprise You…
How cool is this! Many thanks to Sally Cronin for featuring me and Two Hearts: Beyond Control on her “New Book Shout Out!” Click the link below and pop on over to Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life to check it out. ~CJ Today a romance that takes a lonely and unfulfilled housewife on… Read More My First Book Shout Out -Two Hearts Beyond Control by C.J. Andrews
Shhh . . . and don’t you dare pinch me. I’m not ready to wake up. I am having the most amazing dream . . . so much better than the one I’ve been having for years. You remember that one? I’m sure I’ve told you about it before—the one where I become a published author and share my… Read More Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?
I know I’ve been quiet for a few weeks, but I’m still here. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors, some wildly successful, say that the hardest part of writing a book is actually finishing the story. Following their advice, last month I changed my normal writing process and set out to finish writing my… Read More Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds
Happy New Year! . . . and good riddance to 2015. Yeah, I know I’m a week late. I have a really good excuse though! I’ve been busy writing. I never make New Year resolutions—those things most people toss around casually with no real intention of following through on. Anyone can throw out a general statement: This year I’m… Read More A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack
I started my blog about six months ago. Since then, I’ve written several posts that talk about my dream of becoming an author. I even wrote a post solely devoted to the idea. (Chasing A Dream) But here’s the thing I’ve come to realize about dreams: most times they’re unrealistic fantasies, things we wish… Read More 2015: The Year of Lessons Learned…and the End of the Foolish Dreamer
This week I’m excited to share a guest post I wrote for Dan Alatorre’s popular blog. (Thanks, Dan!) Follow the link below to pop on over and check it out. –CJ A Timely guest blog post by my friend, critique partner and fellow author CJ Andrews – Dan. Sunday afternoon Dan and I were chatting about his post on how… Read More Cracking The Mystery Of “Goodreads For Authors,” Part Two: READERS