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A free serialized novel from Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie!

I love seeing authors try something new for marketing. While this isn’t new in the Indie world, I enjoy seeing traditional authors branch out and experiment. So when Trisha, a fellow New England author, put out the call, I offered up my blog.


With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Lindsay and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like,  how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on?

Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them an entirely different book to enjoy!

After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.


“The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.”

~Jake Holloway, SILO 

Starting today, we will be sharing a chapter a week of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, the same week CREED releases!

So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of.  Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home.

Link to SILO on Wattpad:



Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog.  Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX.  Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April, 28th 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan


Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember.

Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction.  She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit.



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The delicate balance between art and publishing.

I self publish. I’m an Indie. At some point I heard it was good advice to create a business plan. I did, even though it was simple and not filled with some of the intellectual language I’ve seen in other samples.

I also heard it was good to create a production plan, which I do. It’s on a digital sticky note and it goes into the year 2016. At some point I had to stop going so far into the future because I kept changing my mind. New ideas would rise up, demanding to be written. Or flashy ideas that I thought had merit needed more time to simmer.

That is the delicate balance between art and publishing.

If I were a robot, spitting out words just for profit, different stories would be on my production plan. Ones that made more sense. Ones that were part of a large series and with romance and kissing. Ones that fell into commercial genres. And sometimes, I write those stories.

Just today, based on the Create Bravely theme from NESCBWI and everything I talked about here, I deleted every project past this coming December. I will finish projects I’ve started and there’s a certain sequel I want to write. But then it’s all free and clear. And I love it!

Sometimes I have to follow my heart and write the stories that are a challenge, that are scary, that seem to fall outside those genres that sell well. Sometimes I need to write the stories that call to me, those that I will love writing, those that won’t let me go.

There’s nothing wrong with writing to sell, with choosing a genre that you know sells well. Nothing at all. I’m just saying that there is no guarantee no matter how you publish or which genre you write that a book will sell well, so you might as well write what makes you happy.


Anyhow, I am always thinking about what I’ll be writing next, trying to find that balance between art and running a small business. It isn’t easy.

So for now my calendar is open while different ideas push at the envelope of my creativity, wanting to be written. I honestly don’t know which one will win.

How do you deal with this balance? I would imagine a similar struggle exists for those pursuing the traditional path.

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Create bravely: Make your Mark!

It’s been a week since the New England SCBWI conference. I keep seeing recap tweets and blog posts, and most of them are saying something about being brave. This unnamed courage that applies to anyone expressing themselves creatively.

And, of course, I got hit with plenty of chances to show courage this past week. Not in a way that anyone would notice. My life is continuing. I met my word count, and I see the finish line for this current novel. I can sit down and write every day. That’s not a problem.

As an Indie author, I run a business. And that means I need to balance between loving what I write and considering the market too. There’s sticking somewhat to my brand while improving my craft while also being open to try new things.

I want to explore with my stories. Brave things. Scary things.

I want to experiment.

That said, I’m really struggling with what to write next. I have several ideas, and to be honest, they are all calling to my heart in the same way. I want to write all of them. I try not to write anything I’m not completely one hundred percent in love with and passionate about.

As I finish writing this current work, I’m struggling to decide if this was a good practice manuscript, but not something I should pursue. What comes next?

I’ve gone round and round, and I might possibly have reached a decision. Deciding what to write next, to spend months working on, takes a lot of bravery. So I keep returning to the theme for NESCBWI.

Create bravely: Make your Mark. (This phrase coined by conference director Kris Asselin.)

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NESCBWI and an official book release!

I’m finally recovering (sort of)  from a busy, incredible weekend at New England SCBWI.

Last night I tried to make blueberry streusel muffins. The key word being tried. I added double the amount of oil so had to try and double everything else. I dropped an egg. And then I forgot to add the topping before they baked.

I blame pure exhaustion and the fact that I’m still running on low.

But as always the conference was incredible. I got to hang with all my writing friends who over the years have turned into close friends. I met and roomed with my blogging friend Sue Quinn. I love meeting blogging friends! Plus, I sat in on her self publishing workshop. #awesome

Talking about writing and Indie publishing is always inspiring. And this year, on panels, agents stated that self-publishing is a viable path. Very different from two years ago. Times are changing. But we all knew that.

On top of all this, I released Prom Impossible a bit early to make sure it was ready to go for the Book Blast on May 13th! Yay! I had a lot of fun writing this story. I hope you love it too!

You can download Prom Impossible now!

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ iTunes (coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by! And have a great week!

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Prom Impossible Trailer Release!

Glad you came back! (From Friday) Or welcome if you’re just stopping by. So, I happened to create a trailer for Prom Impossible!

I also mentioned another way to win a complimentary ebook of Prom Impossible. :) If you’d like to share the trailer, cover, and book blurb on your blog this week or next week, then you’ll not only receive an ebook, but a copy to giveaway to your blog followers too! I only ask that all giveaways end by April 25th.

You can share the link to your blog post with me through my contact form, and I’ll email you back the ebooks. Sound good?

1 girl + 1 prom + 3 guys = Prom Impossible

Cassidy knows that Michael Greenwood is her one true love—he just doesn’t know it. She spends her senior year helping him figure that out in time for senior prom but instead she comes close to losing her true identity, her real friends and the chance at the real thing that’s right in front of her.

Don’t forget about the big Indie Extravaganza Giveaway! Just scroll down to enter!

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