Music is my muse. For THE SATURN KILLER, I found some artists on Spotify that Pandora failed to introduce me to. Below are the songs that helped me set the various teen party scenes and find Emily’s voice while she worked to uncover the serial killer torturing her OBX (Outer Banks) town of Saturn Pointe, North Carolina.


Taking You There, Broods
Devils Touch, TIAAN
Red Cup, Katy Tiz
Brother, Matt Corby
La Di Da, Lera Lynn
Alone Together, Fall Out Boy
Wake Me Up (Ruben K Remix), Avicii
I Hate You, Shawnee
Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix), Flight Facilities
Song for Zulu, Phosphorescent
Chandelier, Sia
Ain’t It Fun, Paramore
Hurt, Nine Inch Nails
Burn, Ellie Goulding
I’m Coming Home (Arion Dubstep Remix), Skylar Grey
Fader, The Temper Trap
People Help The People, Birdy
Black Beauty, Lana Del Rey
Wake Up, Arcade Fire
Stay With Me, Sam Smith
Letters From The Sky, Civil Twilight
Goodnight and Go, Imogen Heap
Miles Away-feat. Kellin Quinn, Memphis May Fire

Now hear them on repeat, which is what I did while writing.


After I sent DLS to agents for consideration, I focused my attention on a New Shiny MS. I had an idea about a serial killer and it wouldn’t leave me alone. Right around the time I started my first page, I received my first offer of representation. Needless to say, that stopped me from starting the new novel.

lets do this

Once I signed with my agent, I needed to stay busy. ICYMI, you can read about my experience here. Hello New Shiny!  I’m a plotter. I pulled out the pitch, synopsis, and outline and started plugging away. Yes, I wrote both the synopsis and the pitch before I wrote the novel. Try it, if you haven’t. I wrote this novel faster than I wrote DLS. In 43 days, I keyed 80K. I know there are writers out there that write 3X as fast. I’m not one of them. I edit while I write, even when I tell myself not to. My first draft is very close to my final draft. For me, this is a huge feat.


I spent a lot of time with my characters before I started drafting. They started talking to me while my CPs had DLS. As with all my novels, diversity is present in a variety of aspects. Even though I knew my character’s back story as I started writing, I learned some interesting things about them as the pages unfolded. All I can say is my poor MC.

Now, it sits with my CPs to make sure I didn’t pull a  Jack Torrance.

all work and no play

How fast do you write?


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