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A Bit of News- interview, audiobook, and translation

A Bit of News- interview, audiobook, and translation
Haven't been here for a while-- the past year was not my favorite. But the upcoming one promises to be better! It'll be a full one, so I'll be trying to squeeze in writing when I can. My life has definitely taken some twists I never saw coming, but I'm happy to go with them, since one of those previous twists led me to being an author and to sharing my stories with wonderful readers. :)   On to the news: Last month I was interviewed by Sequential Tart as part of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Read more [...]

Paperback Now Available and Giveaway Winners

Paperback Now Available and Giveaway Winners
Silent paperback is now available on Createspace and Amazon! :D Here's a $2 off coupon code for Createspace, good for the next two weeks: S2XQ6E63 Giveaway Winners My apologies on being a day late on the announcement-- had some car and cat troubles. I used a random number generator to select the winners out of the 47 entries. Winner 1: Peaches Winner 2: JohnRay      I really loved reading the comments you guys shared on all the posts. If I had infinite resources, I'd Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt. 6 (+giveaway)- Final Post

Part 1: Watts, Los Angeles Part 2: Mid City, Los Angeles Part 3: Bel Air and West Los Angeles Part 4: Huntington Park, Los Angeles  Part 5: Venice Beach Scenes from Silent Santa Monica Beach   Last stop, at least for my photos. Santa Monica is only a few miles north of Venice--they share a border--but the feel is slightly more upscale. The Promenade is a pedestrian mall lined with the latest fashionable department stores, fancy boutiques, and mix of fast food and fine Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt.5 (+giveaway)

Part 1: Watts, Los Angeles Part 2: Mid City, Los Angeles Part 3: Bel Air and West Los Angeles Part 4: Huntington Park, Los Angeles    Scenes from Silent Venice Beach   And now we’ve gone west again. Venice Beach is the people-watching capital of Southern California. You’ll see everything here—tourists from all over the world, locals from every part of LA (which by now you know is pretty diverse), artists, musicians, body builders, break dancers…you name it, Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt. 4 (+giveaway)

Part 1: Watts, Los Angeles Part 2: Mid City, Los Angeles Part 3: Bel Air and West Los Angeles   Scenes from Silent Huntington Park, Los Angeles   The previous two stops were progressively north and west, but this time we’re dipping southeast again. Huntington Park is similar to Watts in that it’s considered inner city and a low-income area. The population here is less mixed than in Watts, though, with around 97% of the residents identifying as Latino or Hispanic. Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt. 3 (+giveaway)

  Part 1: Watts, Los Angeles Part 2: Mid City, Los Angeles   Scenes from Silent Bel Air and West Los Angeles   Another ten miles. Except this time, I’ve heard more than one person joke that you need a passport to travel the distance. On the West side, and particularly in areas like Bel Air and Brentwood, you’ll find large homes with perfectly-kept yards, trendy boutiques, and tons of restaurants, ranging from everyday burger joints to expensive (but delicious) organic Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt. 2 (+ giveaway)

Scenes from Silent pt. 2 (+ giveaway)
Part 1 is here: Watts, Los Angeles   Scenes from Silent Mid City, Los Angeles   Between beach-bordered West LA and the inner city—two very different worlds—lies the aptly named Mid City. It’s only about ten miles from Watts to here. The ‘culture shock’ for a transplant probably wouldn't be too great, since the areas have many things in common—few chain stores, lots of Mom and Pop shops, graffiti and bright street art decorating building fronts and alleyways. Drugs Read more [...]

Scenes from Silent pt. 1 (and a giveaway!)

Well, Silent has been out for two weeks now, and I'm holding a proof of the paperback! It will be ready for release by December. To celebrate, I'm doing a giveaway. :) See the details at the bottom of the post. I thought I'd take a moment to share a little about the places where Alex and Seb find themselves throughout the novel. Silent is set almost entirely within Los Angeles, but each stop on the boys' journey has a very different flavor. In October I drove around LA with a camera in tow and Read more [...]