Felt Lonely, Renewed My Library Card

Way back when I started blogging, I began with the intention of writing about my feelings in hopes of connecting and relating with like minded people. I thought, that maybe it’d be therapeutic for me since I can’t vocalize what’s going on inside but I do a pretty okay job writing it down.

My blog was my window to healing.


I shut myself off from the world again. I felt so ashamed of the way I was feeling to post it on the internet. I felt stupid for being in pain. I felt like I would be laughed at. And I still do.

I’ve had a bad year thus far. And I’m not one to victimize myself, but without doubt I can say it’s been bad. I’m scared of waking up to more bad news.

I lost my mom unexpectedly back in March. A part of me is still in shock and disbelief that she’s not here anymore. Every morning I relive the pain of reminding myself that she’s not here. There are blind moments when I pick up the phone to call her. In less than six months I lost my mom, an aunt and an uncle. For reasons I won’t elaborate on, I spent half of summer without my kids. I haven’t been reading or writing as I normally do, the two things that fuel me when nothing  and nobody else is in my corner.

Recently something dawned on me. The word “misunderstood” is appropriate for how I’ve felt all of my life, and lately I feel misunderstood. I privatize my pain, I don’t allow others to see me.

And they think I’m okay.

I’m not okay.

I pretend to be.

I’d like to be okay.

And I’m working towards that.

Every single day.

I’m a naturally boring person so when I need to shake things up, I do something different. Different meaning I change my diet or fitness routine, I wear a different color nail polish (lol), and most recently, I renewed my library card that I never used. I have a ton of ebooks on my kindle and iBooks, not to mention a growing stack of unread books on my shelf so I was never out of reading material. I’m pretty sure nothing’s wrong with my screen but I’m having a hard time focusing on it. I tried and tried after two months of not reading anything. Then, a couple days ago, I decided to walk over to the library and renew my card.

I haven’t been so excited to be somewhere in a long time. The smell, the ambiance of a library. It’s just what I needed.

Since I was a child I had books, not people.

And I remembered that this week.

xo Kat



The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry|Book Review


Christopher Bauer and his wife Hannah, both work at the hospital as an orthopedic surgeon and nurse respectively. One night, a small child is admitted, in bad condition nothing short of horrifying. The child, Janie, is around 6 years old, but looks more like a toddler in size. Janie suffers from multiple ailments, physical ones due to abuse, and mental ones, due to neglect. We learn that Janie’s mother was killed, and the police found Janie bound and tied up in a trailer with chains. Janie’s recuperation is a long road ahead, but the Bauers, who had formed a connection with Janie at the hospital, takes it upon themselves to foster Janie as they may be in the perfect profession to care for someone like Janie.

Genre: Thriller

My Review:

This was a horrifyingly gripping read. Each page made me impatient to get to the next, however disturbing the details grew. Told from the POVs of Christopher Bauer and Hannah Bauer(Janie’s adoptive parents) and Piper Goldstein(Janie’s case worker), enough story was given and enough story was held back to show a brilliant case of unreliable narration. The pacing was great, not too detail-y and boring, kept me invested for sure. Short and concise chapters, just the way I like it.

At times, the adoptive parents were naive and possible stupid but i can’t fault them for that. They were first time parents who took on a situation bigger than they can handle. Right off the bat, I knew that these characters and their story wouldn’t end wrapped in a pretty little bow. Again, something i like. I read elsewhere about the abrupt ending, but i honestly can’t complain about it. Some stories need to challenge readers to interpret their own understanding of what happens.

This book gave realistic insight into the repercussions of child abuse and neglect. As much as I was disgusted and heartbroken about what happened to Janie, the author also showed how truly sinister she could be.

Desert Rose by K. Moore|Book Review

Desert Rose

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery


In an instant, Jennifer’s life is forever altered.

When her ten-year-old daughter, Sarah, is abducted in Dubai, expats Jennifer and her husband Kevin are thrown into an unimaginable nightmare. With very little help provided by the local authorities and the US Embassy, Jennifer watches her life erode away and the tension in her marriage increase. Driven by rage and desperation, she is forced to make decisions she never thought possible.

An investigation without answers. A cover-up. A conspiracy. A betrayal.

There is no turning back.

What would you do if your child was taken?

My Thoughts

One of my most anticipated reads this year and now that I’ve read it, I’ll be harping about it all year like a fan girl. This story was something else. I did not skip a beat or word in this page turner. Desert Rose had me on the edge of my seat for a number of reasons.

Having a child abducted in a foreign country where human rights are often questioned is Jen’s worse nightmare. Through her eyes, I experienced the bone-chilling terror of a helpless mother and wife. Jen wants nothing more than to get information about how and why her child was taken but the authorities are making it difficult. Women are not met with the same respect as men in Dubai, and Jen feels herself slipping farther and farther away from being able to count on the very people who can help. She becomes a shell of a woman trying to brave it for her son, all the while struggling to communicate with her husband, Kevin. She can’t help but feel a cloud of guilt weighing on her shoulders and thinks maybe Kevin blames her as much as she blames herself. After all, Sarah was abducted while in her care.

I can’t summarize much more without giving away a few things so I won’t. I want you to experience this book organically. Although, I must say Kevin really worked me up at times … Grrr! One of the reasons I’m fangirling so hard is the way the book was crafted. The author did a great job keeping the story interesting, articulating the protagonist’s feelings, moods, actions. Everything I would imagine a mother feeling or doing after having a child abducted, Jen covered it. She’s one of the strongest characters I’ve read till date.

We also get a look into expat and Dubai life. It’s interesting to read a book when presented with facts, and I appreciated being sucked into the look and sound of the place as if I were there.

If you’re a fan of mysteries, thrillers or even crime fiction, this book is a great choice for you. It’s all of those things and then some. Obviously, I’m leaving out some meaty parts but that’s because I want you to go check it out! This is an author to keep your eye on for sure!

xo Kat

Here’s the link to K. Moore’s FB Page. Go follow her to see what she’s up to next!


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena|Book Review

The Couple Next Door


Title: The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena

Genre: Mystery Thriller


It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors–a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


My Thoughts

Starting off this review, I’d like to point out that this was the first time I ever read a third person narrative in present tense. It took me a good few chapters for my brain to process the style of narration. But in the end, it grew on me. I think I can give another book like this a chance. 

In terms of storytelling, I think it was very compelling. I was suspicious of every character after the baby went missing. So, that was a plus for me. My brain requires quite a bit of literary stimulation from time to time. There was a plot twist of sorts in there that wasn’t so shocking but it was executed pretty well. I think it’s a good book to get wrapped up in if you like the tease of mystery thrillers. The characters were explored well enough in my opinion. They elicited feelings of acceptance and annoyance at times. There is more I want to share about what I liked but it’ll spoil it for you. My only hang up was the writing itself felt lazy at times. The story could’ve been told in a more structured and refined way. Overall, a good read and it’s not too long either. 

Hope you liked this review. I have another psychological thriller review coming soon so be on the look out for that. 

xo Kat

Selfish for Love by A.D. McCammon|Book Review & Author Q and A


Title: Selfish for Love

Series: In This Moment Series, Book 4

Author: A.D. McCammon

Genre: Contemporary Romance


“When it comes to love, even wrong can be right.”

The dependable Catelyn Shea plays by the rules. A natural people pleaser—the perfect daughter, sister, friend, and girlfriend—she always places everyone’s needs above her own.

Until Lawrence.

Love has a way of making us forget ourselves, and Catelyn is willing to risk the consequences to share one forbidden night with her first love.

Lawrence Grier was never supposed to fall in love with Catelyn, and he’s spent years trying to let her go. When a tragedy brings her back into his life, all those buried feelings resurface, and this time, he’s refusing to hold back—no matter the cost.

As secrets begin to emerge, Catelyn finds herself questioning how big of a toll she’s prepared to pay—especially when it could mean disappointing the people closest to her.

Can she put her own happiness above everyone else and be selfish for love?

My Thoughts

Selfish for Love is the fourth installment of the In This Moment series. The books are all standalones, and don’t necessarily need to be read in order, however, I do recommend reading in order of release. It gives a better picture of unfolding events in each book as they do occur parallel to each other.

The title alone is magnetic, being selfish for love, fighting for love when the odds are against you. This story follows Cat Shea and Lawrence Grier, who are meeting after a long time. From the get go, the discomfort between Cat and Lawrence can be felt rolling off the pages. Cat is now in a relationship(with Stephen), and learns Lawrence is back in town permanently. It doesn’t take Cat long to get tangled in her feelings for Lawrence once again. As much as she is pushing him away, Lawrence is pushing forward without taking no for an answer. He is determined to get his love…hence the title, Selfish for Love.

The author gives a tasteful and generous flashback in which Cat and Lawrence’s history unfolds.

This story was a step away from what I would call a formulaic romance story. And that’s what really drew me in. The characters were weren’t perfect, they weren’t afraid of taking risks and making ginormous mistakes along the way. To me, that’s realism. And I love that. I was hooked to these characters simply by the way they were written, real and raw. And the author doesn’t skimp on character development. I had no questions or holes to fill in at the end of this book.

Other than claiming your love by any means necessary, another thing I took away from this story was forgiveness. Cat was able to work out her issues, change her perspective on things and apologize. That showed the magnitude of her heart. As a reader, I don’t want a typical Hero/Heroine at the beginning of the book, I want a flawed character that experiences progression.

This story did not disappoint. It also packed some emotional punches too, a trait A.D. does quite well. I get wrapped up in their heads and find myself sympathizing with them as if they were my friend or neighbor.

If you haven’t already started this series, what are you waiting for?

I had the opportunity of asking the author some questions about Cat & Lawrence and also what’s next for her. Keep reading to find out what she says.

1) Congratulations on the release of Selfish for Love. I must say with each release your writing is becoming better and better. I feel like you can effortlessly write any story you want to, although I am privy of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. So tell us, did you always have Cat’s story figured out while writing the others? Or did it come to you later on?

When I originally started writing Cat’s story, I had very different plans for her. But she’s stubborn and wanted things her way. I struggled with this story more than any of the others, starting over at least three times before taking a step back to write In the Gray. It was Lori’s story that helped me to finally understand and connect with Cat in a way I hadn’t been able to before. Then it just came pouring out of me.

2) I’ve always said Eric(from Crushed) is my favorite dude in your series, but I think Cat is my favorite gal. She’s a bit more impulsive than the rest of the girls. How hard was it to work on Cat’s persona compared to your other heroines?

Each of my heroines have different aspects of my personality. Cat possesses my passion and empathy. Though, I can’t say anyone would ever call me impulsive. Lol. I think each of them have been equally eye opening. You can learn a lot about yourself by looking at your flaws and attributes from an outside perspective.

3) What’s next for you? More In This Moment books or something entirely new? New genre perhaps?

I’m taking this year off from publishing, but I do hope to get some writing done. I actually have a couple of thrillers planned. And, I’ve been writing some poetry. Though I’m not sure I’ll ever be brave enough to share it. Feels a little like letting someone read your diary. As for the In This Moment Series, I’m not planning to write anything else. That could change, maybe a novella or two. But, I need a break. Something new.

4) One thing I really admire is how all of your books are interwoven, some stories running parallel to each other. Did you have everything mapped out beforehand? Because I’d go insane trying to connect everything together.

Not at all. No planning or mapping of any kind. Unfortunately. Maybe I do have an impulsive side after all. Lol. Before I started writing In This Moment, I had several works in progress. Two of those being Julianna and Cat (although they weren’t originally named Cat and Julianna). It was my intention to write them as standalones, but as I was working on Lizzy’s story, these characters that I’d been developing for years starting popping out. So, my standalones turned into a series. And I did indeed go insane. There was a lot of cursing. It is very hard to make sure that everything lines up just so. Especially when you hadn’t planned it out. It also limits you creatively. It’s been an interesting ride.

5) Since we’re discussing romance, what kind of first date would you send Cat and Lawrence on?

A first date… that’s a tough one. Cat and Lawrence have never had a typical courting relationship. So, I don’t see them going on what we would consider a traditional date. They would want to keep it lowkey. No dressing up or fancy outings. Maybe something outdoors and secluded. Perhaps, dinner under the stars, or a hike through a state park.

You can keep up with A.D. McCammon via the below social media links. Also included are links to purchase her In This Moment series. As usual, thanks for stopping by.

xo Kat

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/admccammon/

Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/170555216806503/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mc_amberD

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorad_books/

Website: https://admccammon.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01N5MDKQA

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/a-d-mccammon

Purchase Links:








Desert Rose by K.Moore, Cover Reveal + Preorder Links


In an instant, Jennifer’s life is forever altered.

When her ten-year-old daughter, Sarah, is abducted in Dubai, expats Jennifer and her husband Kevin are thrown into an unimaginable nightmare. With very little help provided by the local authorities and the US Embassy, Jennifer watches her life erode away and the tension in her marriage increase. Driven by rage and desperation, she is forced to make decisions she never thought possible.

An investigation without answers. A cover-up. A conspiracy. A betrayal.

There is no turning back.

What would you do if your child was taken?

Desert Rose is an upcoming thriller, releasing on 28th Feb. Currently reading and cannot wait to share my thoughts. What a compelling read with outstanding writing by author K. Moore. This is one you don’t want to miss. Here’s where you can preorder it:

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2M2j2Ub

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/DesertRose-US

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/DesertRose-UK

Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/DesertRose-CA

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/DesertRose-AU

Booka2read.com: https://books2read.com/Desert-Rose









Book Review: Where The Heart Is by L.S. Pullen + Q & A with Author

Where the Heart Is by [Pullen, L.S.]


Book Title: Where The Heart Is

Author: L.S. Pullen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4/5




The story begins with Felicity Jamison returning home for a funeral. We see her combating severe anxiety as a result of a horrific incident in her past. Amidst her struggles and dealing with the loss of a family friend who happens to be Nate Davenport’s grandfather, she’s cornered by her feelings about Nate, her estranged best friend. 

Nate on the other hand, is enthusiastic about reuniting and closing the gap between himself and Felicity. However, Nate has questions. Why did she leave? Why did she distance herself?

You’ll have to read the book to see both Felicity and Nate overcome their demons and grief. 


My Thoughts:

Where The Heart Is, is a second chance romance filled with everything you need in one. From heartache to laughter, angst to affection…it’s all there. I enjoyed the read. I found both main charaters to be likeable and very relatable. L.S. Pullen handled anxiety with a level of authenticity I hardly ever see. The story was easy to fall into and experience from the main characters’ point of views. As a debut novel, I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely looking forward to the other stories in this series.

L.S. Pullen was gracious enough to do a little Q & A for my blog. Keep reading to learn more about her exciting journey and what’s to come. 

1) Firstly, a big congratulations on your debut release. I enjoyed every second of it. How has the responses been so far?

-Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. So far, so good. A lot of the feedback has been positive and very much appreciated.

2) How did your writing journey begin?

-I always enjoyed writing stories growing up, kept a diary, and said I’d love to write a book some day. Somewhere along the way I lost myself, but I fell back in love with reading in 2012. All because of Tarryn Fisher. After I finished The Opportunist I had an epiphany and it’s when I said “I’m going to write my book now.” And I did. I had been writing on and off but it was the last two years everything came together.

3) What inspired Felicity’s and Nate’s story?

-It was inspired by what was meant to be my first book Heart of War, and the story of their grandparents. But after losing the whole draft, with the exception of three pages, I decided to write this story first. Heart of War will now be the prequel.

4) I really enjoyed the supporting characters in Where The Heart Is. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s next for the series?

-Dysfunctional Hearts will be next, Charlie and Sophie’s story, I wrote it along side WTHI. I have a finished draft ready for some TLC hopefully I will be able to share it early 2019.

5) Every writer is first a reader. What books got you into reading and who are some of your favourite authors to recommend?

-Wow! How long do you have?! Growing up, it was books by Hans Christian Andersen and Roald Dahl. J.R.R.Tolkien LOTR and The Hobbit. Stephen King. Classics, I love a classic. Okay, and I admit it, Mills and Boon and the occasional Sweet Valley High book. Always Tarryn Fisher, Stephen King, Colleen Hoover, Willow Aster, Amy Harmon, Claire Contreas…so many talented authors out there. Not to mention a tribe of new to me authors.

6) Would you ever consider writing outside of contemporary romance?

-Yes, absolutely. I have a few sitting in a WIP folder on my laptop, itching to be free.

7) Because we’re on the topic of romance…what’s your idea of a perfect date?

-My idea of a perfect date…no idea to be perfectly honest! (Insert introvert here* ) I do love my home comforts, maybe a nice meal at home with someone who makes me laugh and a good film.

8) Tell us a little more about yourself. Besides reading and writing, what else makes you happy?

-I love photography, films, art and music. Being a dog mum was the best, I miss my pooch very much, memories of her bring me joy. But anything I can do to lift others. It makes me happy seeing others happy.

You can keep up with the author via the following social media links. As usual, thanks for stopping by.

Xo, Kat.

Website: http://lspullen.co.uk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lspullenauthor

Instagram: http://instagram.com/lspauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lspauthor






Butterfly Trap by TL Fisher|Book Review

ButterflyTrap FINAL Ebook


Title: Butterfly Trap

Author: T.L. Fisher

Genre: Dark Romance, Romantic Thriller

Rating: 5 stars


Nikki Kraemer wakes up in a basement and realizes she’s been kidnapped. She’s also tied to a filthy mattress and dealing with a drug withdrawals. The days are long, the nights even longer. But she develops a sort of friendship with her captor, Isaac Burns. She tells Isaac all about herself, although he doesn’t say much about himself. Slowly, she develops an attachment to this dark, mysterious man. She finds herself falling for him as he falls for her. But it’s not clean. They’re both messed up people with harrowing pasts.

Being inside these characters’ head was a treat for me. I love the broken, the hopeless, the irreparable. Life isn’t always sweet and happily ever after doesn’t always happen. The ending of this book left me with hard emotions. It was a beautiful experience that made me appreciate the book even more. So, if you’re looking for a dark, deranged story with a small light at the end of the tunnel this one is for you. I hate to spoil endings but I must indicate this isn’t a happily ever after, white picket fence ending. But it does have a beautiful, heartfelt ending that’ll leave you with a book hangover.


Award: The Unique Blogger Award


Hi Bookish Friends!

I have been nominated for The Unique Blogger Award by the awesome beachbookworm. My apologies for getting to this so late. Thank you for considering me for this. Go check out beachbookworm’s blog if you haven’t already.

The Rules:
1. Display the award!
2. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
3. Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
4. Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Beachbookworm’s questions:
1. When someone asks for just 1 book recommendation, what do you tell them?

Before anything, I ask the genre they’re looking for because sometimes a great book can disappoint when it’s not what a person is looking for. I recommend The Book Thief by Markus Zusak a lot because it has all of the feels, and I just love the way its told from Death’s point-of-view.

2. If you were to write about a different topic for your blog, what would it be?

When I first started blogging, I had the intention of covering more health based topics revolving around diabetes as I’m diabetic myself. I also wanted to talk about my struggles with depression and anxiety in hopes that it can help at least one person. Although my blogging is more reading and writing now, I still like to drop those inspirational posts from time to time.

3. What new book release, this year, has been the biggest disappointment?

Ah that’s a hard one. Hehe. This year I’ve been reading more indie authors than traditionally published. Unfortunately, I have to refrain from saying which and what was a disappointment as it might be taken wrongly. I will say this however…sometimes the tease of the book and its cover is better than the actual story.

I nominate:

My book blogger friend Diary of a Bookfiend

I know I’m supposed to nominate more people but I’m not sure who else has been nominated for this award yet. If you haven’t, please consider yourself nominated and here are my three questions for you.

  1. What genre do you not read and why?
  2. Which fictional world would you like to live in?
  3. How did blogging about books start for you?

Improve Your Craft| Writing Fiction

I think it’s safe to say that self-publishing and traditional publishing are two different ball games. As someone who’s leaning more towards the self-publishing side, there are many factors that need to be considered, and learned, before venturing into the indie scene. Hopefully I can leave you guys with some helpful tips on researching markets and target audiences for your books sometime next week, but today, I want to explore working on the craft itself.

Firstly, I have seen many mistakes by authors who not only are debuting but authors who have 3 and 4 books published. Mistake being, lack of working on the craft. Most readers of indie books are looking for quicker reads, with engaging pacing. And to be able to do that, you have to improve your craft in a way that’s different than just writing a story you feel like writing. You have to pay attention to what’s succeeding in the market you are going for, and then work on that.

Often I sugarcoat things, but I’ll just go ahead and say…bad writing is bad writing. Even I know when I’ve written something atrocious. Ever since I was proposed with the idea of entering the self publishing industry, I have done three things. I studied the craft(something that’s ongoing in my life), I have studied the market and I’ve been researching how to step into that entrepreneur shoes of being both an author and a publisher. I will be creating in a separate post on how to do the things you are told to pay for when self-publishing, for free. So stay tuned for that.

Back to improving your craft. I will give you some pointers here.

  • Storytelling vs Great Writing
  • Story Structure
  • Read, read, read.
  • Practice makes perfect.

Storytelling vs Great Writing

Many times I’ve come across books where the writing is almost painful to get through and in most cases I don’t continue reading. But then there are books that are not written so well, and I can’t get enough of the story. This my friends is strong storytelling skills. See, it’s not every time beautiful sentences can structure your story for you. Every story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. This is the basics of any form of composition. In between those phases, you need to learn tactics on how to hook your reader and leave them wanting more of the story so that they continue turning pages. On the indie scene, you have to learn all of the above and do it in the most effective way possible. These readers go through books quickly and it’s less likely they’ll want to invest two or more weeks on one book. Not only do you have to improve on your writing itself, you have to improve on your storytelling skills. I’ll go ahead and say right here, do not use filler content to make word count. Short stories and novellas are equally as successful in the indie scene, and even more so than full length novels. I’m mentioning this because I see it more often than not. A recent book I read and enjoyed with not so great writing or grammar was The Kissing Booth. I’m not of age to be reading YA anymore, it was a bit of a guilty pleasure. This book is testament of how important storytelling is versus wanting to write like some of the greats. I might sound stupid here, but on the indie scene, it’s what it is. If your plan is to self-publish, you have to learn who your readers are.

Story Structure

Every story has at least one main character. There is a plot surrounding that character in which he or she go through a series of conflicts to reach their main goal. This is as basic as it gets. One mistake I see some writers making is taking on much more than they are capable of and the feedback you might get if you do this is choppy writing. So you want to tell a story but you also want to refine that story and not stray from your main goals. And I say goals, because there are sub plots to a story depending on what the writer intends. When you’re starting out, one advice I can give you that’s worked for myself is writing from one character’s perspective. I’m referring to first person point-of-view as it seems to be the preferred method these days. Sure, readers want to get inside more than one character’s head but that’s not necessary to show what other characters are feeling or reacting to. Part of improving your craft, is training your eye to see every other character through your main character’s eyes. Dialogue is a very easy way to show what another character might be feeling.

Read, read, read. 

I can’t remember who said it, but the quote is, “Every writer is first a reader.” In most scenarios that’s true, but I’ve also come across very successful writers who say they were not really into reading before they started writing stories. And that’s really admirable. As an introvert, I learned more from books than anywhere else. Ok, well maybe Youtube. The point is, if you lack experience with writing or even life experiences to be able to stay consistent with your story idea, you can benefit quite a lot by reading. Whatever your genre is or interests are, read those type of stories. Pay attention to character development, sentence structure, narrative structure. Pay very close attention in creating conflict and resolving conflict…first chapters and last chapters. Subconsciously, your brain absorbs this knowledge but don’t just read for reading’s sake. Approach every book like a lesson to be learned.

Practice makes perfect.

While I can never see my work as satisfying enough to put out there, I have been trying to kick that attitude and just write without fears. Now, in the last two years, I haven’t published anything and I removed my two novellas from kindle because I wasn’t satisfied but it was a good learning process. To the world, I am not a writer because I don’t have anything published currently, but to myself, I know I write over 100K words per year on average. I say average because it could well be more than that. I write and I write and I scrap and I scrap. And I get frustrated because I’m not finishing things as fast as everyone else. But when I look back at the last two years, I have learned so much about the craft by just writing. So this writing, I consider it as good practice, as a learning curve. I have learned to write in different POVs and tenses and no matter what people say, that isn’t easy. I’ve learned to articulate and execute my stories better. I’ve learned how to work on my characters to give them definition and not be so flat and consumed by the plot itself. So that practice writing has served me as a teacher in the last two years.

You can write the story you want to write, you can write the story for a target audience. It doesn’t matter which way you decide to write your story, you should be improving your craft as you go along. Your second book should be an improvement to your first and so forth. So, if that first story is causing you frustration and you want to give up writing, always remember that your craft can and will be improved over time. I always stress on staying determined and persevering. Giving up isn’t an option if this is the road you wish to take. As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful in some way. Leave me a comment if there’s anything concerning writing you think I should make a post about. Have a great weekend keep writing! xo Kat