Friday, May 12, 2017

Coming Soon: Sound of Silence

My goodness it's been a while!

This update will be brief-- but I wanted to let you know that I'm still here and kickin'! (Some days kickin' more than others.)

So what's up in the world of O'Tierney?

I'm currently entering the editing phase of a YA novel called Sound of Silence, written with the very talented Ms. Mia Kerick. This title is slated for release in 2018 from Harmony Ink Press!

Renzy Callen exists on the periphery of life, and not just because of the horrific childhood event that robbed him of the ability to speak. Walling himself off from the rest of the world as a means of protection, he occupies his time with art and music and an obsession with self-help groups—whether he needs them or not. His isolation protects him and he’s immune to drama and emotional games… or so he believes. Everything changes when he meets Seven and Morning Moreaux-Maddox, the wealthy, jet-setting siblings who move from a life of sophistication in Europe to humdrum Redcliff Hills, Missouri.
Both Seven and his sister are impossibly beautiful and elegant, like the stars in magazines or high-fashion models on the runway. When Renzy is pulled into their push-and-pull of affection and rejection, he realizes there is more to both haunted Morning and cold, diamond-sharp Seven than meets the eye.
 The three teens embark on a quest to learn the reason behind Renzy’s selective mutism, and something more than friendship blossoms between Renzy and Seven. It’s during this trip of a lifetime that the three realize the truth they seek might be found in the sound of silence.
This was my first time collaborating on a YA novel and Mia was a blast to work with! I can't wait for you guys to see our finished product.

(Meanwhile, I'm EAGERLY awaiting the cover!)

Thank you so much, wonderful readers, for supporting me always.

With Kindness,

Sunday, January 22, 2017

On the Joys and Dangers of Collaboration


It can be the biggest joy or the most miserable headache-- sometimes both at the same time!

My earliest stories were collaborations. Me and my best friend, a couple of 4th grade girls who knew everything about everything (obviously!) We had a notebook to share, and the back and forth exchange of some super dramatic prose.

Literary gold.

I'm still shocked those works remain unpublished today.

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to collaborate many times with many awesome people: friends, family, colleagues, and even random, cool acquaintances met through the power of the interwebz. Sometimes I joined others on art projects, sometimes on magazine and newspaper articles, sometimes on novels and short stories. Many times our efforts developed into beautiful, fully formed works - other times they never really got off the ground. But each collaborative experience - good or bad - was unique and taught me something in the end.

Sharing ideas and merging styles can be such a thrill! I suggest anyone who is interested in collaborating try it... at least once.

That said, there are always inherent dangers to partnering in creative pursuits. Dramatic disagreements about the direction a story should take, tears and hurt feelings, financial and royalty issues, even the potential for an unfriendly end of the collaboration (if not the acquaintanceship/friendship itself in some cases!) are all real possibilities.

You may eventually find yourself in the sad position of asking: What happens to my work now, legally speaking?

Christopher Schiller wrote a brilliant article about the legal biz of collaboration. Read it. Absorb it.

Falling out with a collaborator can be lonely business. You never want to say anything publicly about your creative partner that might be unfair or make a bad situation worse -- and like your joined ideas, you may have a merged social circle, making finding a confidante difficult.

I don't write this to say, don'tcollaborateandrunawayasfarasyoucan! But just be smart about it. Draw up a specific collaboration agreement. Talk about the hard stuff. What happens to the stories if the collaboration ends? What about ideas you developed together? Works in progress?

It doesn't matter if you are the best of friends. In fact it might be even better to draw up that agreement if you ARE the best of friends.

A collaboration agreement won't take the sting out of the falling out, but having one can definitely go a long way to easing the uncertainty surrounding some of these situations.

In conclusion... Be passionate! Collaborate! Merge your ideas with others'! Make beautiful things together! Just be smart and careful while doing it.

With Kindness,

Sunday, December 25, 2016


No promotional biz today, just me wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas! <3

With Kindness,

Monday, December 19, 2016

The 12 Days of Hipster Blog Tour Starts Today!

Ahhh! It's SO CLOSE NOW -- release day! It will be here before you know it. :3



Why not follow me around on my blog tour? Each day I'll update this post to include the current link on the tour. Lots of stops and lots of chances to win either an audiobook or e-book copy of Bowl Full of Cherries, the first book in this series!

ALSO! It wouldn't be much fun if I didn't host the giveaway on my site as well! Check below for the Rafflecopter information <3

December 13 - MM Good Book Reviews
December 19 - Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy
December 20 - Love Bytes
December 21 - Open Skye Book Reviews
December 22 - Boy Meets Boy
December 23 - My Fiction Nook
December 27 - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 28 - Dreamspinner Press Blog

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