“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

Writing & Craft Books She Recommends

Before You Quit Writing, Read This! 23 Stories & Strategies to Keep You Writing
The Artist's Way Workbook
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Survival Kit for Writers Who Don’t Write Right
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel

Book Reviews

(on a few of her favorites)



The Nightingale is set during WWII. Kristin Hannah shows us a side that most history books don’t touch. The story of relationships, obstacles, and real-life trials of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, were truly believable. Truly heroic. The moment I began, I felt the pull from the characters. I needed more and the author delivered! The story became personal – touching my heart and emotions. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!



I finished this book in 2 days. Worth the sleep lost. I will be looking into more from Jojo Moyes. Quite possibly, one of the greatest books I have read. Emotions ran deep with this one. I laughed out loud and at times, I read scenes to my husband, just so I could experience them again. Tissues were used, but I accepted my fate and kept reading- sure to keep the tissue box nearby. Inspiration, acceptance, and love existed in every page. Highly recommend.


Never Never


Everything that Colleen Hoover writes is magical. BUT, this one is at the top of my list (along with the rest of her books). Prior to Never Never, I haven’t read Tarryn Fisher’s work. Well, she gained another fan! I wanted to know what happened by the first paragraph. Hooked and waiting on the next one to be released! MAY 2015 **Was extremely fortunate to receive an ARC copy from Colleen Hoover at RT2015. Immediately opened and finished within a day. LOVED IT!!! Ready for Part 3. Bring it on! **Finished in one weekend.