Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Blog Home!

I have a new blog home! Please visit me at Words Along the Way

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Twitter...Where have you been all my life?

Twitter. Tweets. Hashtags. Oh my!

This has been my first two weeks on Twitter. How was it, you ask? Got ten million hours?!?
I’ve never played Candy Crush, but if I did, from what I’ve heard, I have a feeling it would be the same addictive rush. Being on twitter is like being in a place that houses everything awesome! Friends. Readers. Writers. Book Publishers. Agents. Actors. Shows I love. Even the superstars that make up the exercise videos I drag myself to every morning!  Ok, scratch that. I don’t want to think about exercising while I’m on twitter. That’s definitely not a Retweet! 

As a writer of fiction, I love analyzing the story lines of my favorite shows. I love to hash out the plots the morning after over coffee with my work buds, especially for shows like The Good Wife and The Walking Dead. Two of my favs! What if this happened? Why did she do that? What will happen next? Would I have approached the plot differently? On Twitter, I found a whole community of people that love to do the same thing.

Most importantly, Twitter allows me to hear about about writing news from my fellow writers, and the ability to Retweet awesome news that’s happening all around us. How wonderful is that?

Twitter, where have you been all my life?

For now, I’m still a newbie, learning as I go. My next big writing event after joining Twitter is the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book conferences (#NJRW13) coming up this weekend Oct 18 - 19. I hope to be tweeting my way through and finding all about the fabulous speakers, workshops and pitching events!

If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for the conference, the Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing at the conclusion of the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is open to the Public, and takes place Saturday, October 19, 4:00-5:30 pm. A portion of all proceeds from the Book Fair will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of America, New Jersey.

Look for me at @cdclemetson and I’ll be sure to look back! Until then, Happy Tweeting!

Monday, October 15, 2012

How to have a GREAT headache!

Headache? Can a headache ever be GREAT?

Of course it can.

Let me first start by saying that when I mix writing and great friends, the only thing that can get better in life is GREAT chocolate! (Besides my hubby, kids and basset hound Molly of course, and maybe Dunkin's Pumpkin spice coffee...).

I had all of that, plus more, at the NJRW writing conference this weekend! I talked writing for two whole days, listened to great workshops, pitched my newest work in progress, and met awesome new people. And that was just the beginning. Incredible authors like Susan Wiggs, Heather Graham, and Sabrina Jeffries led inspirational talks that made me want to pen the great American novel, right there and then! There were many, many incredible workshops, it was hard to choose. From how to create a powerhouse author website to how to write a villain that makes a reader cower in fear. I studied topics like how to organize a kick butt plot, how to enhance a setting, and what's hot in the market. I sucked it all up like a sponge grabs water!

But back to the GREAT headache for a moment. At the keynote luncheon, the dessert comprised of the darkest, most luscious, fudgiest, creamiest chocolate cake known to woman! I ate it all. I ate it all without an ounce of guilt. Then I scraped the plate with my fork, knowing all the while what would appear in the next eight hours.

A whopper of a headache.

Did I mention I get migraines from dark chocolate?

So, alas, it was a GREAT headache because it reminded me of just what a awesome time I had at the NJRW conference.Thank you to the conference committee and all that put so much hard work into the best weekend ever!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


So, I’m back! I’ve been away from the blog for a while, busy writing my new suspense novel entitled  Close Your Eyes (one that I hope will send you under your bed in fear!).  

My blog ideas are bursting at the seams, so I had to get started…today! But why today, a regular Wednesday in the middle of the week? It all started in the pouring rain, with me under a tiny pink umbrella imprinted with pictures of lipsticks and high heels. I watched my son’s middle school soccer team fight their hardest yesterday through the wet, mud and thick air.  Despite the outside conditions, these kids slid, kicked, and head butted their way down the field, again and again, their eyes on the goal. They put it all into the game, and it showed. 

Watching that spirit and drive, it made me think about all of us and how we pursue our dreams. Whether we’re seeking publication for a new book, going after the promotion in the office, or going back to school for a degree, we have our eye on the prize.

We know the goal is at the other end of the field. That’s a fact. But how are we going to get there? If our dream is ignited deep down inside of us, we’ll find a way. If we have to maneuver the ball a different direction, set up our players in new positions, whatever it may be, we’ll try it. Like these middle school kids, we’re driven by the fire in our bellies. For you, it may not be on the soccer field or writing a novel and hoping it sells, but it may be something that you’ve thought about your entire life, but have been too hesitant to share with anyone. Right now, at this very second, put that dream in your head.

See it.

Imagine yourself living it.

Whatever it is, find a way every day to work toward it. Even if it’s just five minutes to put your mind on it, acknowledge it, know that it exists.

We never know what’s going to be around the corner, so we have to follow our dreams now. Not tomorrow, or next week. But now. Figure out your game plan, and head down that field!

"All our dreams can come true, if you have 
the courage to pursue them."  
--Walt Disney

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A review that took my breath away!

Last night, I opened my email to find a review of my book "A Daughter's Promise". Debut author Joanna Aislinn (No Matter Why, Wild Rose Press, 2010) wrote such a beautiful and thoughtful review of my story, that I couldn't resist sharing with you! Having someone connect with your story is incredible--one of the most magical things about being a writer. Thank you so much Joanna for reading my story --I feel so inspired by your thoughts.

Here's what Joanna said about A Daughter's Promise...

A page turner.
Lovely in every sense of the word.
Serene Moneto. Miles Coulson. WWII Rome, 1944.
Italian girl discovers gravely injured American soldier and immediately sets out to rescue him from the Germans. Within minutes he saves her from the unwanted attentions of the enemy.
And so begins A Daughter’s Promise (The Wild Rose Press), a positively enthralling debut written by my newest author friend, Christine Clemetson. Emotion-driven and beautiful beyond many I’ve read, the connection between Miles and Serene is palpable the instant their fingers brush that first time.
Yes, I loved this book. I could truly relate to Serene, the all-Italian girl raised to honor her father’s wishes and to care--no matter what the cost to her, even a lifetime of joy with the man she adores--for the family her parents unwillingly left behind in the wakes of their deaths. Miles is the every bit the All-American hero, the one every girl imagines she’ll nurse back to health and love beyond reason, only to be loved that way in return.
Christine weaves a hypnotic tale. One that instantly turned off my inner editor. One I had to make myself put down in order to do those pesky things one has to do. Of course the guy gets his girl and the girl gets her hero—this is a romance, for heaven’s sake. It’s HOW Christine grabbed me immediately, with only a handful of paragraphs before even the title page.
This couple’s journey is one of selflessness, a tale of love at its most pure. One that reminded me why I write romance, why I choose to believe in a happily ever after. Effortlessly she transported me into Serene and Miles’ world, made me root for her immediately and fall in love with him instantly, care for them as if they were dear friends caught up in life’s greatest turmoil. This is one title whose praises I’ll sing again and again. Chances are, I’ll read it again, too.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

On Being a Writer at Conference

When you follow your dreams, life is incredible!

I just got back from the Liberty States Fiction Writers first conference writing conference! It was an incredible weekend of writing, chatting with other writers, attending fabulous workshops, and spending time with friends. I learned so much about things like character development, how to determine voice in my stories, and how to manage my time to fit everything in.

Like a sponge, I soaked it all in, all the excitement of having stories to tell and sharing these ideas with other writers. I didn't want the weekend to end...but when it did...I knew I had so much that I was able to bring home--Motivation. Inspiration. And most important? Wonderful times celebrating the craft of writing with my friends.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Author Talk - "Three Takes on Love"

It's almost Valentine's Day! I'll be participating in "Three Takes on Love" at the Pequannok Library - Monday, February 8 at 7pm. Authors M.Falgg and Linda J. Parisi will be there too. Come join us for a discussion about writing, the road to publication, and our debut novels!