The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


Thanks to Samantha Durante, author of the Stitch Trilogy, for tagging me in this blog post! You can read her post here.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop gives authors a chance to share what they’re writing next. If you would like to participate in the next post, give me a shout out.

Let’s get started.

1. What is the title of your next book?

Skyscraper 31

2. Where did the idea come from?

I have always been intrigued by the idea of being trapped in a limited amount of space with an interesting person. In this case, the entire novel takes place in one building, 31 Park Avenue. The characters are essencially trapped in the building by social barriers. They eat, sleep, live, and even date in 31 Park Avenue. Once you get a job at 31 Park Avenue, you pretty much never leave!

3. What is the genre?

Um, does urban adventure count?

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters?

Lorenzo: Eddie Redmayne

Lolita: Carey Mulligan

5. Is the novel traditionally published or independently published?

It’s just a baby, we’ll have to wait and see! But I am an indie, through and through. I used to be a stickler on one side or the other, so I really like to leave doors wide open. I know which one I like best, though. 😉

6. What other books could you compare it to?

The closest thing I could think of was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, particularly The Penultimate Peril. I feel like my novel has the potential to embrace the same amount of crazy, elevator, up-the-stairs-and-down-the-stairs chaos in a more mature tone and setting.

7. Who or what inspired you to write this novel?

Probably daydreaming about all of the people I wish I could meet, and can’t. Skyscraper 31 forces people of predominance to interact with people they would never take a second look at. So, think of your favorite celebrity, politician, writer, etc. and imagine if they actually depended on YOU for advice, protection, and friendship–all because of an enclosed, forced setting.

8. What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?

My recent books have been from a female perspective because I usually write with my sister in mind. This time, however, Lorenzo, is my main man! I can’t wait to try it out! I don’t believe in planning out the plot too much before I dive in because I like to be surprised at myself as I write. This way, writing doesn’t become a chore. It becomes an adventure.


The Amazing, Juggling Writer!

Okay, maybe not amazing. I just feel like I’m spinning a million different plates on a million different fingertips that I don’t have, and it ends right now. Forget the advice of big writers who say you must write every day. I am lucky if I can get dressed in the morning with my little ones crawling all over me. And you know what? Sometimes I don’t feel like writing. In fact, I’d say that’s about 90% of the time, so I don’t. And it doesn’t bother me because in the rare moments when I actually do want to write, I write a lot and I write stuff that I’m happy with.

So, this post is all about being allowed to be absorbed in other things besides writing and not beating myself up over it. I just found out we are moving to Cincinnati. Whaaaa???? Yup. The Midwest just can’t get rid of us. Luckily for me, the outdoor inspirations I once found in my childhood Colorado are etched right into my eyeballs for eternity, so when the corn fields and shallow hills of Iowa and Ohio aren’t quite enough to stir my pot for some good imagery in my newest book, well…you know what I mean. It’s always there. And the Midwest has some sunsets Colorado would die for.

Watching Charlotte is OUT NOW!


Opal’s ninth birthday is coming but there are all sorts of strange things happening with her four older siblings that are making her upcoming birthday distressing. There’s Charlotte, the oldest, who has suddenly returned home from college for a mysterious reason. Nick is going on an adventure to Australia. The twins, Max and Seth, both have girlfriends and Opal is starting to feel left out. After the loss of her father, Opal feels more and more like her family is beginning to split apart—and then another secret surfaces, something big about Charlotte. But Opal isn’t about to watch everyone fall to pieces. . . . Especially not her sister.

As seen through Opal’s eyes, WATCHING CHARLOTTE is a middle grade dramedy about the joy and mischief that makes family life so entertaining.