What 2019 Taught Me About Being a Writer

Hi everyone!

2019 is almost drawing to a close, and SO much has happened for me this year. As this blog is largely a place for me to reflect and give advice on writing, this year-in-review will also be focused on that.

I was in the query trenches for a good portion of 2019 and I wrote and revised several books this year. Follow me below as I reflect on some of the things I learned this year…

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Author Interview: Sonora Reyes

Happy Holidays, everyone! This week, I’m interviewing Sonora Reyes, the creator of #QPOCChat, who is also an author represented by Alexandra Levick of Writers House. Read on to see what inspired Sonora to write their novel, how they coped with rejection along the way, and some tips for self-care while you’re in the query trenches yourself.

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My Revision Process

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This week, I’m talking about the process behind how I revise. A disclaimer, of course: everyone’s revision process is different, and I don’t believe there’s any one right or wrong way to revise. Do what’s best for your creative method! And maybe as you read about mine, you’ll get an idea or feel excited for when it’s time for you decide to dive into revisions.

Without further ado, here is my revision process…

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Author Interview: Jonny Garza Villa

Hi everyone! Today you’ll hear from Jonny Garza Villa, an amazing author who just signed with Claire Draper at the Bent Agency! Jonny’s Twitter pitch made me GASP and insta-follow. Read on to learn about what drew him to write his book and learn more about the books and movies that have shaped Jonny as a writer!

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Author Interview: Tashie Bhuiyan

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I got to interview Tashie Bhuiyan, AMM R6 alum and author of 2021 YA debut COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU! Tashie is bright, fun, and inspiring. I know you’ll enjoy reading her talk about her life as a student AND an author, her favorite rom coms, and the journey that led to her getting her agent.

Hi Tashie! Can you tell me about the book that got you your agent? 

TB: Of course! So the book that got me my agent is Counting Down With You (which you can add on Goodreads now!!! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48258256-counting-down-with-you) and it’s a YA contemporary coming-of-age novel with a side of romance! It has fake dating, a forced tutoring situation, a ridiculous group chat, and the most supportive grandma. It discusses themes of independence, family and first love as my main character struggles between doing what she wants to do and what her parents want her to do. 

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Author Interview: Zoulfa Katouh

This week, I was lucky enough to interview an extraordinary friend of mine, Zoulfa Katouh! She recently signed with Alexandra Levick of Writer’s House for her novel AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW!

Zoulfa is hilarious and thought-provoking, and you should definitely read below to learn about how her identity and history influenced her novel, the importance of finding a support group while writing, and her time as an AMM mentee.

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