Thursday, September 21, 2017

National Novel Writing Month

As I said in my How I Got My Agent story, National Novel Writing Month is a huge part of my writing process. I love participating every year, for the camaraderie and the extra drive it gives me to finish the first draft of something new. When I found out that my area was in need of a new Municipal Liaison to take charge of writing events, I decided to apply for the position. I love helping people succeed during NaNoWriMo, especially first-timers, and working as a Municipal Liaison is a great way to help my fellow WriMos!

I firmly believe in preparing for NaNoWriMo, and two years ago I did a series on how to prepare for Operation Awesome. If you're thinking about giving NaNoWriMo a try this year, I suggest checking it out:

Do you already have a project ready to go for NaNoWriMo 2017? Tell me about it in the comments! And if you want to add me as a writing buddy, my username is karareynolds.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Inspiration

One of the questions I was asked for my interview was what inspired me to write RESET. At the time, I drew a complete blank. It's been bugging me ever since, and I finally remembered!

My kids love the movie Big Hero 6 (I like it too, as it happens). The five-year-old in particular loves music from movies, so we'll often buy a couple songs off a soundtrack to listen to in the car and around the house. The Big Hero 6 anthem is "Immortals" by Fall Out Boy, and during the fall of 2015 we listened to that song on repeat every day.

The lyrics of that song wormed into my brain, especially part of the chorus: live with me forever now. It got me thinking about immortality, and how it might work, and what struggles you'd face if you lived forever. That's certainly been explored in books before, but it was the concept of your mind aging while your body didn't that stuck with me. From there I came up with the idea of the resetting, and how it could prolong your life subjectively even though your body wouldn't age at the same rate. Once I decided that it would be torture not to be able to control that, I was well on the way to fleshing out RESET.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Interview at

I used QueryTracker extensively while querying, so it was a huge thrill to be asked to do one of their Success Story interviews. You can read it here:

Monday, March 27, 2017

How I Got My Agent

I have dreamed about writing a How I Got My Agent post for a long time. It's almost a rite of passage for querying authors. Finally, I have a literary agent (2, in fact!), and finally, I have written a post about it. You can check it out here:

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thanks for checking in on my blog posts. I blog about writing every Tuesday on Operation Awesome, a blog dedicated to helping writers improve their craft and achieve their publishing goals.

I also had a "mommy blog" for a while, but I stopped blogging there when I joined Operation Awesome.