Losing Brave, Meet The American Library Association

Stefne Miller and Bailee Madison at ALA.

When you’re a writer, you dream about the day that your book will be born and enter the world, and while you’re dreaming away you can’t help but stumble into the American Library Association Convention.

It is a HUGE event that takes place every year. An opportunity for every publishing company imaginable to display not only their books, but their authors. The space is gargantuan, books are everywhere and there are so many people in attendance that it’s difficult to move – but it’s oh, so amazing!

Blink YA booth at ALA

This year, Bailee and I were honored to not only be invited to attend the convention in Chicago, but to also sign and give-away over one hundred books to the wonderful librarians who waited in line to get their copy.

We anticipated the event for months and then ran in to a snag. Bailee was on location filming and with weather causing havoc on the shoot, they were behind schedule. Behind schedule meant that Bailee’s call times were less certain. The closer the event got, the less and less it looked like Bailee would be able to join us for such a wonderful event.

Stefne Miller, Bailee Madison and McCall Hoyle at ALA in Chicago

Luckily, the day of the convention, Bailee was given a break long enough to allow her to rush to the airport, jump on a one hour flight and arrive thirty minutes before our signing. As soon as the signing was finished, she jumped right back into the car, returned to the airport, jumped on another plane and was on location that evening.

What a trooper!

The Blink YA page in the ALA Program and Directory

Just those few minutes talking to librarians from all over the country was worth the struggle and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share Losing Brave with them.

Thanks to Blink YA/Harper Collins and the American Library Association for having us!

One of the best ways to get Losing Brave into the hands of more readers is for the novel to stock library shelves so be sure that you ask your local and school libraries to order copies.

If you make a request and your librarian orders a copy, leave me a note on the “Contact” page so we can give you both a shoutout!

Pre-order your copy of Losing Brave today and receive it on your doorstep release day!


Losing Brave Takes Nashville

Bailee and I officially sign our publishing contract with Blink YA!

Bailee and I had a wonderful two days in Nashville, Tennessee for the Harper Collins/Zondervan/Blink YA sales conference.

Bailee and Stefne in Nashville

It was a special event because it was at that conference that the announcement of release of Losing Brave was announced. Bailee also had a wonderful opportunity to speak to everyone in attendance about being true to yourself – even against all odds.

A little Snapchat love from Nashville

Once she finished her amazing talk, I joined her on stage with our publisher, Annette Bourland and we answered questions about the book, our writing process and more.

One of the most goose-bump worthy moments? We not only saw the book cover for the first time, but we also had the opportunity to sign book cover posters for the attendees.

Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller sign Losing Brave posters

Our quick trip to Nashville was an amazing way to kick off this adventure!

Patti (Bailee’s mom) Stefne and Bailee – we found great lighting! šŸ™‚

Pre-order your copy of Losing Brave today and receive it on your doorstep release day!

The Tragedy of Domestic Violence – Part Two

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

For writers:

Writers: if you are writing a story that includes domestic violence, this video series is for you. (Video at the bottom of the post) My Tuesday video series was created to provide writers with character inspiration and research.

For all:

In part two of this six part video interview, Jayme shares more information about the domestic violence in her life, and how she tried to escape, and the violent events of May 16, 2006 where her abuser shot her and killed himself.

If you missed Part One of this interview, watch it here.



Check back next Tuesday for Part Three of Jayme’s powerful interview.

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One Easy Way to Improve Your Scripts

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Screenwriting is a gift…

… but it also takes a lot of practice, a lot of writing and a lot of reading other scripts in order to learn to do it well.

In today’s video, I share a special way that I not only read other scripts, but learn what it is about each script that made it so great.

(Links to scripts below the video)

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Film Scripts

The Fault In Our Stars

Gone Girl

American Sniper




American Hustle

The Bling Ring

Twelve Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

As Good As It Gets

Gossip Girl (pilot)


Friday Night Lights

The Room

Glee (pilot)

The American President

Notting Hill

Sleepless In SeattleĀ 

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Why I Use a Treadmill Desk

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My How and Why of a Treadmill Desk

Writing can be wonderful and writing can literally be painful, and paired with the puffy Cheetos we down while trying to woe our muse, we can start putting on a little weight. Or a lot.

But who’s counting?

I finally found something that works for me. Check out today’s video and see if a treadmill desk might just be the answer to your prayers too.

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