Inside the Mind of a Writer

Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

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… Continue reading Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

Inside the Mind of a Writer

A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

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… Continue reading A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

Messages from CJ's desk

The Joy of Christmas Distractions

I love Christmas: the traditions, the decorations, the scents, and the general feeling of cheer that emerges all around. For my family, the holiday season begins with a trip to the tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition we began over twenty years ago, when my sons were toddlers. I have so many… Continue reading The Joy of Christmas Distractions

Inside the Mind of a Writer

You Need to Build an Author Platform

  Every writer has heard this phrase. We know it’s a crucial part of our career, whether we choose the indie or traditional publishing route. But what does it really mean? I could tell you to go ask my good friend, Google. He knows everything and can point you to tons of books, blogs, videos,… Continue reading You Need to Build an Author Platform