Fiction Ignition

start writing a novel

My two YA novels, plus my keys. Get it?


Have you always wanted to write a book?

Do you ever think about a story, or a voice, or a character, and wish you could put it all on paper?

Have you been mulling over the same plot for months, years, decades?

Do you sometimes try to start writing, but one the following happens:

  • You don’t know how to start a book, so you feel overwhelmed, and you walk away.
  • You get the beginning down, but then you don’t know where to go from there.
  • You write the first few chapters, but then you hit a roadblock of some kind, and you don’t know how to get past it.
  • You have a great idea, but you need a little guidance to actually make it happen.

Friends, I get it. 

And if any of these situations describes you, then Fiction Ignition might be just the push from the nest you need to write your book and become a published author.


What Is Fiction Ignition?

Fiction Ignition is a two-week writing workshop for anyone who wants to write a book.

At the end of the two weeks, if you have put in the appropriate amount of effort and kept (more or less) to the schedule, you will have:

  • The first chapter of your book, written and edited at least once (with critique/guidance by me)
  • Three characters fully fleshed out and ready to shine (with critique/guidance by me)
  • An outline of your entire story from start to finish (with critique/guidance by me)
  • A future referral to my literary agent if I feel that your work is even remotely something she would be interested in (Emma Patterson at Brandt & Hochman) (yes, she knows about this)

If you are interested in writing a children’s book instead of a novel, just let me know when you email me — I can give you more details via email.


Why would you want TO DO THIS?

Well, not to toot my own horn — because I am not nearly as big of a deal as some people — BUT:

I guess what I’m saying is, I kinda know what I’m doing at this point, and I can help you figure out what you’re doing.



Each session lasts two weeks, and there are two sessions per month (for September only; starting in October, there is only one session per month — see below for more details).

In September 2016, these are your choices:

  • Session 1: September 1-14
  • Session 2: September 15-30

And then starting in October, I am offering the following sessions:

  • October Session 2016: Sunday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 23
  • November Session 2016: Sunday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 20
  • December Session 2016: Sunday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 18
  • January Session 2017: Sunday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 22
  • February Session 2017: Sunday, Feb. 5 – Sunday, Feb. 19
  • March Session 2017: Sunday, Mar. 5 – Sunday, Mar. 19
  • April Session 2017: Sunday, Apr. 2 – Sunday, Apr. 16
  • May Session 2017: Sunday, May 7 – Sunday, May 21

The September sessions cost $50October and onward, the price will be $60.

Payment is due in full the day before the session begins, and once the first day of the session hits, your money cannot be refunded for any reason.

EVERYTHING is done via email. I will explain more once I have my final list of participants and can give full details, but you do not have to leave your house, nor do you have to work on your book at any particular time.

You will have deadlines — but there is flexibility within those deadlines. (I have a job and three small kids, y’all. Flexibility is my drug of choice right now.)



If you want to sign up or if you have questions for me, email me:

I look forward to hearing from you and watching your story unfold! Don’t put this off any longer. Writing a book is an incredible experience. Let’s get those engines cranked.

PULL: Who I’d Cast As Albert And Rosie

So! Pull comes out tomorrow in e-book!

(You’ll be able to get it in paperback on the 16th. Is there an explanation for the double release date? Yes. Is it worth detailing here? Not really.)

Pull Small FC

Now that we are QUITE LITERALLY on the cusp of being thrown headlong into Rosie and Albert’s crime-fighting, underground-superhero version of London, I thought we’d have a little fun with this question:

If Pull ever got made into a movie, who would I want to cast as Albert and Rosie?

(With the understanding that it probably won’t, and even if it ever did, I’d have ZERO control over the casting process.)

I thought about this for a long time–well, at least as long as it took for my taco meat to finish simmering–and here is what I decided.

If I could pick anyone to play Rosie Clayton, it would be Rita Volk.

Rosie Clayton 2

Now, I really have no idea who Rita Volk is, but I stumbled across her in my search for the perfect Rosie, and she really seemed to fit the character who pranced around in my head as I wrote Pull. She’s pretty, but she also looks really down to earth, and maybe even a little sassy.

And if you know anything about Pull, you know our Rosie is a sass-a-frass.


And as for the best person to play Albert Shaw, I would choose Brant Daugherty.

Albert Shaw

Again, I don’t really know who this guy is (something about Pretty Little Liars?). But I stumbled across him in the same way I stumbled across Rita, and he seemed like the perfect fit. He looks like he’d listen to anything you wanted to say, but he would also be ready to punch you in the face at any given moment.

And, yep… that’s Albert.

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(Did I mention he’s also a little sassy?)

If you want to pre-order Pull tonight, or you want to wait and order it tomorrow, be my guest–I’d be honored for you to read it! You can find it on Amazon here. I’m so excited for you guys to meet Rosie and Albert, and to fall into the rabbit hole of London’s secret life that I created for you!