Today, I thought I’d give a little background on Beyond Stone.

I first came up with the idea for this story when I was in the Professional Screenwriting Program at UCLA Film School. I thought it would make a great movie – I could see a lot of exciting visuals in it. But as I developed the story, I realized that I wanted to bring out what the main character, Andie, was thinking and feeling. And I would not be able to focus on her inner dialogue in a screenplay. So I filed the story idea away.

Then one day I was on Twitter when I saw several people talking about NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month. I learned that every November, people all over the world challenge themselves to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days.

I joined NaNoWriMo and wrote the first draft of Beyond Stone. Then, many rewrites later, it was finished! And now published!