Of Puns and Pens

Fun fact about me – I’m not a fan of puns. Unless I am the one making the pun, and then they are the most hilariously witty form of humor ever.

Company Ink had many different titles over the course of my writing. All were pithy and witty puns. All were hilarious. Unless you ask my boyfriend or any of my beta readers. Or most likely anyone else on the planet besides me. Then they were groan worthy, a polite chuckle at best, titles from an author grown drunk on the belief in her own cleverness.

To make me choose a title for Company Ink that was not a horrible pun, I had to be wrestled into submission. Not literally, but it almost got there. At least the threat of headlocks and pile drives were made.

So here I am writing my second book, and I can tell you the working title is even funnier this time. And even punnier. Because I am just so clever.

I am nowhere near the title choosing phase with book number two, but there is a wrestling ring being set up in my living room as I type. And I think I hear whisperings of an intervention from the other room amidst the groans. Many, many groans.

A New Look

I’m excited to announce that Company Ink has a new cover.


company ink new cover

Pretty, no? And I think much more in keeping with the story.


All the advice on publishing your book says to have a professionally designed cover if you can afford it. But sometimes, you just can’t afford it.


Well, I’ve been scrimping and saving and hoarding pennies to be able to follow said advice. And I am so pleased with the result. I think it is much more in keeping with the funny, sassy story that is Company Ink.


And as an added bonus, the sight of a woman’s upper thigh will no longer disturb the delicate sensibilities of Amazon’s cover monitors. Lord knows that a dude’s bare chest and treasure trail is fine, but let’s not allow the same of a lady lest it throw readers into a frenzy of lust… but I digress.


I’ll be switching covers over on Amazon,Goodreads, and everywhere else in the coming days. I hope you all enjoy the new look as much as I do!

So…I Wrote a Book

It’s been an emotional experience putting my first book out into the world. I’ve always made up stories. Sometimes those stories were a way for a shy introverted girl to build a fantasy world around herself, sometimes those stories helped me to sleep when I was older and stress started to enter my world. Often the stories were a way for me to explore an emotion or the way a real life situation could have been, in the most abstract way possible. But the stories were always in my head.


Until now.


I started writing Company Ink on a whim. The first chapter was rage written in one sitting during a stressful, sleepless night. It was heavily edited later on, but the emotions the heroine, Dani, feels about being trapped in a soul-sucking job and no longer recognizing her life or the person in the mirror, her feelings about having to get up again each time life knocks you down, and how hard that is, those stayed.


What started out as a whim turned into a compulsion. A need to tell this story and put a happy ending on a deep-seated emotion that never got one. And in the process I realized how much I love writing.


To be clear, this book is a work of fiction. I’m not Dani, although there is a fair amount of my personality in her. Unfortunately, I’ve never worked with anyone as interesting as Dan. I’ve never fallen in love with “my boss’ boss’ boss. Or something like that I have no idea where he falls in the org chart.”


But while the story is fictional, the emotions are very real.


When I decided to publish this story, I decided that if one person out there could relate to these feelings, and find some joy in the blossoming romance between two best friends, and the sub-plot of a woman finding her way back to herself, I would call this a success.


That has been the most rewarding part of putting this book out there. The response from readers who have also had those feelings, either now, or once upon a time.


I decided to dedicate this book to anyone who feels like their story has been hijacked by a ghostwriter. In other words, anyone who at one time or another, has felt kicked around by life.


If this is you. I’m sorry. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. And it is my sincerest hope that you find some joy in this story about two best friends, kicked around by life, who escape into a happily ever after, hand in hand.


Company Ink is available on:




Kobo: http://www.kobo.com/us/en/eboon/company-ink-6