Category Archives: Writing & Publishing

Why I prefer nonfiction over fiction

Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of becoming the next great American novelist. I have published a few novels, and yet none of them are quite as dear to my heart as my two memoirs. I realized something critical … Continue reading

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I confronted my rapist via Facebook

Two years ago today, I had my first paid freelance piece published on xoJane. Two years later, with an unrepentant rapist as president, and allegations of abuse against film executive Harvey Weinstein, this piece is still relevant. There are real … Continue reading

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NEW RELEASE: Refocusing My Family by Amber Cantorna

I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to read early drafts of Amber Cantorna’s new memoir, Refocusing My Family: Coming out, being cast out, and discovering the true love of God. “Refocusing” is a play on the name … Continue reading

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I have a Patreon! Please support my writing!

What started as one self-published book has now turned into six, with several five-star reviews and bestseller status on Amazon more than once in the last few years. As my writing platform slowly grows, so has my network as a … Continue reading

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The first time I felt pride as an independent author

I’ve had books published for five years now, but I’ve never looked at the physical editions of my books in my hands and thought, “Wow, this is amazing,” until now. This is one of the benefits – and hassles – … Continue reading

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“Not bad” is a perfectly fine response to “How are you doing?”

I’m going to start giving this “vlogging” thing a try. You can find more of these on a semi-weekly basis by ‘liking’ my Facebook page, or subscribing to my Youtube channel. I want to offer a few brief thoughts on … Continue reading

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My first podcast

Last week I had the opportunity and privilege to appear on The Daily Author podcast, with host Richard Keller of Wooden Pants Publishing. I answered questions about the indie publishing process (a term I prefer over “self publishing,” because no … Continue reading

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How Christians vote: Stick it to Hillary, or WWJD?

Someone recently shared this article from the Washington Post on Facebook, with the additional commentary: “This is why (so-called) progressive Christians shouldn’t scratch their heads wondering how so many Christians voted for the Donald. They did so, possibly and for … Continue reading

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Brio Magazine still culturally tone-deaf about dating

See also: Brio, a Christian magazine for teen girls, is back (and as harmful as ever) Just a few months ago, Focus on the Family revealed that Brio, their magazine for teen girls, would be back in circulation. For those … Continue reading

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You have no sense of adventure, you have anxiety instead

This piece originally appeared on Lilith.org. It’s not who I am, it’s just a sickness. These are the words you want to protest to your five roommates in Florence, Italy, when they bring up the idea for a weekend getaway … Continue reading

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