Launch Party!

Tonight I’m hosting a Facebook Live Launch Party to celebrate the release of my novel, Lies Left Behind! Check out the link here: I’ll be reading the first two chapters of the book, hosting a Q&A, and holding a raffle! Those who show up to the livestream will earn a raffle ticket and beContinue reading “Launch Party!”

It’s Release Day!

Today is the day! It’s RELEASE DAY! Who else is excited? Can’t just be me and Anna! I am happy to announce that my first novel, Lies Left Behind is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback on Amazon! Here’s the link: Lies Left Behind: Gordon, Maryssa: 9798528851174: Books I will be hostingContinue reading “It’s Release Day!”

“Lies Left Behind” Cover Reveal

Good morning, beautiful people! I am pleased to announce that my novel, Lies Left Behind, will be released on July 27 on Kindle and paperback! And I am pleased to reveal the cover, designed by Eve A. Hard on Fiverr. If you’re looking for a cover design, check out her handle Harbingerdesign! Hattie’s alcoholic fatherContinue reading ““Lies Left Behind” Cover Reveal”

What’s are the Biggest Differences Between Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult?

If you’re new to writing, or not used to writing for a younger audience, you may not know the true difference between middle grade, young adult, and new adult. Well, look no further! Below, you will find the age ranges, characteristics, word counts, what sets them apart, and examples.

The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block

Everyone gets writer’s block. It’s bound to happen. But you’re never truly blocked. Check out the three ways I fight writer’s block: Writer’s Toolbox This is my favorite way to beat back writer’s block. I actually used my Writer’s Toolbox to work out the plot for Lies that Bind and my new WIP, She AlmostContinue reading “The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block”

How to Write Realistic, Effective Dialogue

I used to struggle with writing dialogue. It came off stiff and unrealistic. And I couldn’t tell one character apart from another. But over the years, I’ve found that these tips have helped me improve my dialogue. Read Your Dialogue Out Loud This has been the best piece of advice that I’ve ever received. ReadingContinue reading “How to Write Realistic, Effective Dialogue”

The Characteristics of YA Fiction

My area of expertise is Young Adult (YA) contemporary fiction. I write novels that focus on teenagers in today’s modern world. Usually, my work has romance blended in, but for the purpose of today’s blog, I will be discussing YA as a whole. If you need help getting started on your book, check out myContinue reading “The Characteristics of YA Fiction”