Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hi Everyone and Welcome to my new blog!

I am excited to have my own blog! Well excited and nervous. I am hardly an expert on writing, publishing, or marketing books. Who I am is a busy mom of four children, a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, neighbor, substitute teacher, and lifelong learner. What do I hope to do with this blog? Share writing stories and tips with aspiring writers and just take the time to laugh at all of the crazy moments life can throw at you. I will be as honest about the good and not so good parts of being a published author today and continue to find my own balance between work and family.

I recently finished a virtual book tour to promote my new mystery, The Truth Lies in the Dark. I was interviewed, my book reviewed, and was a guest on eighteen book related blogs. It was a lot of work, but also fun getting to know the hosts and learning about new blogs. Many of them I still stop by to see what is new. Check my blog list for the ones I visited and some I have found interesting since then. Also, be sure to check out some of my favorite websites for writers and some just for fun. If you know of a great one that I have not found, please put it in your comment so I can check it out.

My favorite part of the whole virtual tour was the great comments I received from readers and emails from aspiring writers. Many were curious how a busy mom of four, with no previous knowledge of publishing, managed to write a book and get it published. I am more than happy to share my experiences with everyone. If I can help others realize their own publishing dreams, or whatever their personal goals may be, I am happy to.

So I hope that if you have any questions or comments about writing, publishing, marketing, or promoting you will feel comfortable to discuss them here. I am not an expert, but can tell you what has worked for me and what has not. And remember, getting published is only part of the journey not where it stops. Being a writer takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to believe in yourself even after repeated rejections.

Ok, with that said I hope you will stop by again and see how my publishing journey is going and share your own stories.


  1. Saw your post on Twitter..I am a school lib media trade but love mysteries. I belong to a mystery book group in a library on the MA/CT border...I have connections to a lovely indie bookstore on the MA/CT line if you are contemplating book signing opportunities. Good luck and I look forward to reading your book.

  2. I really like your first post and I'm going to include your blog to my blogroll. Would you include mine. It's:

    I'm on twitter too, my username is beachreads

  3. Hi Sue,
    Thanks for stopping by. I would love to talk with you about a signing and your book club. I actually have a book club package that I offer to groups. You can contact me by email, which is posted in my profile. Or leave me your info here and I will get back to you. What is your twitter name, I will follow.

    Hi BeachReads,
    Thank you also for stopping by. I hope you will check in again to see what's new. I have already added you to my blog roll and thanks for adding mine to yours. Now I'm off to add you to my Twitter account.

    Thanks Again to you both :)
    Kristin Callender
    The Truth Lies in the Dark

  4. Hi, I liked your first post :) Aha, I'm new to something too- Twitter :) Actually, I'm trying to write a Twitter Novel. It'd be cool to have a real author, someone with like experience - unlike me, loll, a regular sixteen year old aha, read it and tell me what you think so far. It's called, Repondre Sil Vous Plait (

    Congrats on being a published author and I hope to read your book soon.

    Sisii Oh