As I sit on my couch and prepare this blog, a song is running through my head. ~ ♫ This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. ♩~ It fits so perfectly because that’s what these folks, who are bold and brave enough to talk about their experiences with Self Harm, are doing. Letting their light shine so that others may see and reap some of the blessings from their hardships. Caren. Welcome. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and emailing me back and forth. CL: As you know, the main character in my debut novel struggles with cutting. What type(s) of self-harm did you struggle with? Caren: Bulimia, hitting myself with a brush, and using an eraser to erase my skin. Were you using all these coping mechanisms simultaneously or in stages? I used all those methods simultaneously. Bulimia was the easiest to keep … click here to read the full article.
Hello, everyone! This is the first in a series of blog posts I plan to write on self-harm. Please join me in welcoming Patti J. Smith, author of ‘Moments with God’ as well as many other works in the Christian, Romance, and Suspense genres. CL: Welcome, Patti! First of all, thank you for being willing to speak with me about a topic that is so personal. You’re very brave. As you know, I just released my debut novel in June titled, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God, and the main character is a fourteen-year-old girl who struggles with a self-harm addiction. Her particular addiction is cutting. Could you tell me what forms of self-harm you were or are afflicted by? PS: I was afflicted by alcoholism and promiscuity which resulted in my being institutionalized for being suicidal. What do you feel caused your behavior? I learned through therapy, alcohol rehabilitation and a … click here to read the full article.
~ by Bob Marley or Bob Dylan? Not sure. A meme with this quote was in my newsfeed on Facebook the other day. It made me stop scrolling, I thought about it for a minute. It was nice… but also poignant. It made me wonder what I may have missed so far. I scrolled on. Today, when I finally pulled myself out of bed, I decided I’d better run a few errands and get some things for the house. Then I’d return home to get my day going. Last night was the fourth of July so I slept in later than usual, which was lovely. My holiday was spent at my cousin’s house who lives out in the country. I had fun with my peeps and then got some much-needed rest. The first store I stopped at was Dollar Tree. While I was waiting in line behind a mom and her … click here to read the full article.
Get it? Jack of all trades… Oh well. I met Earl in a Facebook author group named Clean Indie Reads. If you’ve been following me at all, you’ve heard me mention them quite a few times. If you’ve read my book, you would have seen my mention of them in the acknowledgements. Earl is a man of many talents. His journey of giving up cigarettes led him to publish a book detailing the steps he took to kick the habit. It’s an interesting read with humorous tidbits thrown in. You can take many of the things he says and apply them to your own journey. If you follow Earl on Twitter, you might be the lucky recipient of one of his many beautiful landscape or flower photos. However, I have been the lucky recipient of some serious web building skills. I used to have another website that a friend help set … click here to read the full article.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but my book cover will knock most peep’s socks off. I’m not being big-headed; I’m just being honest. Easy for me to be boastful when I didn’t do the work. Well, I did one thing. I took the photo of the girl on the cover. That’s it. I’m not going to post it here because I don’t want to you to see my cover any other way than how it is right now. You know, I can’t even take credit for finding Zei. He actually did some work for my honey first… and then I kind of stole him. Zei helped us take our projects to the next level and I’m so grateful. He took the time to work with me and ask questions. He made a gazillion changes for me when I couldn’t make up my ever-lovin’ mind! I know I drove this poor … click here to read the full article.
Oh my goodness. I don’t know where to start so I better try the beginning. Melissa and I met on Twitter. I think it may have been through Adam Dreece (YA Steampunk Author), but I’m unsure. I was looking for beta readers and Melissa jumped in to help me out. Now, for the most part, beta reading is on a volunteer basis (free service). Some peeps try to charge, but there’s a good reason to try and stay away from paying for beta services. I digress. Melissa has probably been through my book as many times as I have. Okay, that might be stretching it a bit. However, she beta read, copyedited, and proofread my book all for a very reasonable rate, but that’s not all. Melissa also assisted me in ‘getting my affairs in order.’ The amount of work that goes into self-publishing from top to bottom is ghastly! … click here to read the full article.
Storytime! While I was still writing my book, I began preparing for the future. I set up Twitter and started collecting followers. I watched a bazillion youtube videos and read a million blogs. Do this! Don’t do that! If you don’t have a college degree, you can’t be a writer! Don’t overuse this word or THAT word! Have a support network! Ding, ding, ding! Yes, a support network is needed. In the midst of the preparations, I began joining facebook author/writers groups. Do you know how many of those there are? A LOT. One particular group stood out above the rest and it’s still the only one I spend any quantifiable time in. I really hope I used that word correctly. After a few bad experiences with other editors, and then wading through a mass of ego-strokers who read my first five thousand words, told me how wonderful it was, and then … click here to read the full article.
I’m so excited and grateful to finally release Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God into the world. I wish I could say it went without a hitch, but there were a few hiccups that are being worked on. That’s okay though… the ebook is out! It’s on Amazon and I hope you’ll take a peek and see if it’s your thing! The print book will be along shortly, but there is still a learning curve there. I’m promptly calling Ingram Spark for assistance tomorrow. But I think for this being my first time around, I handled the unknown pretty well! Plus, now I know what to expect for my next book and will have fewer hiccups… hopefully :D. I have a lot of family and friends who are waiting for the print version, so I’m trying to take care of it as quickly as possible. Do you hear the whip … click here to read the full article.
So here it is! My first blog on my author website. I still have a hard time believing I’m finally at this point of my newly established writing career. What started as an inspiration turned into a book. I’ve always wanted to write one, but as I stated in my bio, reasons not to were plentiful. But then I set a goal. I was going to write a book. The only goal was to finish. To get to ‘The End.’ That was it. Beta readers, editors, and proofreaders weren’t even a consideration at that point. I’m okay with grammar, barely; some days are better than others. I mean I know the difference between there, they’re, and their. I know when to use then vs. than even if I use the wrong one because I’m typing too fast. My day job requires that I’m able to write e-mails that at least … click here to read the full article.
Final preparations are underway on “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God” and also this website. After you bookmark this site so you can easily find your way back, be sure to connect with me on your favorite social network and join in some pre-release fun.