Featured
September 2022

Why are Pre-Orders Important?

Pre-orders of a book are so important for authors. (In case you’re wondering, What’s a pre-order? It’s when your book is available for purchase online or through an e-book store before its actual publication date.) Here are four reasons why pre-orders are a crucial part of the publishing process!

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Podcasts
September 2022

Guest on Novelist Spotlight podcast

I was delighted to be a guest on the Novelist Spotlight podcast. We spoke about the rhythm of writing and how that mirrors the natural rhythms we see in nature and life. It was such an interesting conversation for me, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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Interviews
August 2022

Interview with Owl Hollow Press

What is the most common mistake new writers make? What can you learn from having someone else read your work? If you could ask an expert anything about writing, what would it be? Join us for a chat with two brilliant book coaches, They are both whip smart about working with authors and have even written some of our favorite books of all time.

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Featured
August 2022

Featured in Diablo Magazine!

Huge thanks to Diablo Magazine for including my new book How to Make Paper When the World is Ending in their summer reads round-up!

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Podcasts
July 2022

Guest on Page One Podcast

I was a guest on Holly Payne's Page One Podcast to talk about my new book How to Make Paper When the World is Ending! I never dreamed that I would be a guest on the same podcast that has featured an all-star list of some of my favorite authors including Dean Koontz, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Lee Kravetz & Jacqueline Mitchard. Wow! Such an honor. I loved getting to dive into the nitty-gritty elements of craft and story. We discussed the opening paragraphs of four of my short stories from the collection and how these first paragraphs set the stage for the unfolding stories.

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Reviews
July 2022

Glowing Book Review in Your Impossible Voice

Keith J. Powell wrote a beautiful, insightful, generous review of my new collection HOW TO MAKE PAPER WHEN THE WORLD IS ENDING for the journal Your Impossible Voice (which originally published my story "How to Make Spinach-Artichoke Lasagna Three Months After Your Best Friend's Funeral" that now appears in the book.)

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Featured
June 2022

Essay Published in Writer's Digest

Even though I have now published two novels, I continue to enjoy working on short stories—and I believe that doing so has been integral to my growth as a writer. I wrote an article for Writer's Digest with five reasons why practicing your craft in the short story format is a way to hone your skills throughout your writing career.

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Featured
June 2022

Essay Published on Brevity Blog

I’m honored to have an essay up on the Brevity Blog about my writing process, particularly in birthing short stories and essays, and how it often feels like I am communing with ghosts. Does writing ever feel that way to you? An act of preservation? Not a want, but a need?

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Podcasts
March 2022

Featured on the Moms Who Create Podcast

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Interviews
March 2022

Featured Interview in Brainz Magazine

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Podcasts
March 2022

Interview on the Stumbling Toward Genius Podcast

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Interviews
February 2022

Interview with Karen McCoy Books

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Podcasts
February 2022

Featured Interview on The Happy Writer Podcast!

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Book News
January 2022

New Book Deal!

My YA novel BEFORE & AFTER YOU & ME will be published by Owl Hollow Press in 2023!! I have been working on this book for many years and it has gone through many iterations, but this kernel remains the same: an accident happens in the first chapter, and the story is told in alternating "before" & "after" chapters. And it is still a book about grief, regret, love, and the healing power of creating art.

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Book News
October 2021

New Book Deal!

I could not be more ecstatic to announce that my second collection of short stories, HOW TO MAKE PAPER WHEN THE WORLD IS ENDING, will be published by Koehler Books in June 2022! It will be released in hardcover, paperback and ebook – my first hardcover release!

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Podcasts
August 2021

Interview on The Heart-Centered Entrepreneur Podcast

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Awards
July 2021

Gold Medal Winner!

The Best Week That Never Happened is the Gold Medal Winner in the Spiritual/Romance Fiction category of the Living Now Book Awards, which “celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that can help us improve the quality of our lives.”

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Awards
June 2021

Finalist!

The Best Week That Never Happened is a Finalist in the Young New Adult category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

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Awards
June 2021

Grand Prize Winner!

The Best Week That Never Happened is the Grand Prize Winner of the Dante Rossetti Book Award, which recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in Young Adult Fiction.

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Book News
May 2021

New Book Deal!

My first nonfiction book, tentatively titled 1,001 Ways to Be Kind, will be released in fall 2023 by Familius Publishing. Longtime readers of my blog might remember back in 2012 when I spent a year writing about various random acts of kindness. This book was inspired by that incredible experience. I believe that tiny acts of kindness make us happier, healthier, and more connected to each other — and to ourselves.

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Awards
April 2021

Finalist!

The Best Week That Never Happened is a Finalist in the Young Adult category of the American Book Awards!

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Awards
April 2021

Gold Medal Winner!

The Best Week That Never Happened is the Gold Medal Winner in the Young Adult category of the eLit Book Awards!

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Book News
March 2021

New Book Deal!

NEW BOOK DEAL! Immortal Works Publishing will release my next YA novel in February 2022! Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life centers around two characters who feel pressured by the outside world try to change into “better versions” of themselves, but learn that the people who truly matter are the ones who see and love you for who you are deep down inside. Can’t wait to share this book with all of you soon!

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Featured
March 2021

Women In Publishing Summit Speaker

“How to Create a Nurturing Writing Routine”

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Podcasts
February 2021

Featured on NPR Affiliated Podcast

The Best Week That Never Happened is showcased on the “New Arrivals” podcast on NPR affiliate radio station KAWL (San Francisco)… click here to listen! (Featuring an exclusive excerpt from the book)

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