Privacy Policy

Last updated June 29, 2022

I value your privacy. I don’t want your business splashed across a page for all to see. My characters? You’re going to see ALL their business. But your business is yours. Not anyone else’s.

I use SSL (encryption) to protect your data in transit to and from this site as well as robust security software to protect the integrity of this site, and in turn your data. I could have used a burly alpha hero/ine to protect it, but I have more exciting plans for them.

Consent is central to any healthy relationship, not just the heart-pounding, scream-their-name-out-loud kind. The only information I store is information that you provide freely:

Newsletters

I collect your name and email address so that I can send you updates about what is going on in my world. They will not be overly frequent. What can I say? I’m an introvert. Besides, if I spent all my time writing newsletters, I would have no time left to write books.

In addition, my newsletters do send a message back to my website when they are opened. This helps me to better design my future content. I store the statistics about whether you’ve opened the newsletters or not.

Your email address will be checked by a third party (CleanTalk) just to make sure you are a real person and not a spammer. I don’t like spam. Not the spammer kind and not the food kind. If you like the food kind, my husband is on your side of that argument. But please know, you are both wrong.

Want to be removed from this list? Click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter.

Comments

To allow for discussion, you have the opportunity to post comments on my website. Please do. Writing is a lonely endeavor, and your comments make me happy and reassure me that other humans exist beyond the ones in my imagination.

The information collected when you comment includes your name, email address, IP address, and your comments. If you ever wish to have your comments removed, send me a quick note through the contact form and I’ll remove them.

Just like with the newsletter, I do have CleanTalk check over your comments. If you’re a spammer, they’ll toss you out for me. CleanTalk is made up of some really nice folks. They only store your information for a few days. That way if I find out they’ve accidentally thrown out someone who isn’t a spammer, I can tell them to let you back in.

Website Activity Tracking

My hosting company provides me with basic data on those who access my site. The data stored in this manner is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalized. It provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser they are using, and how long they stayed on the site.

In addition, Google and other search engines track website visitors. This is something that happens whenever you use the internet. If you do not want to be tracked, please consider using a private browser window. The information that these search engines store is not traceable to one individual and so is very generic in nature. I do not store this information, however I do occasionally look at it so that I can tell what people are searching for when they come to my site. This helps me provide more relevant content.

I’m also using Google Analytics to learn why people are visiting my site. How did you come to be here? Why are you here? Do you like me? Scary, but Google knows these things. I figure, I might as well look at the information.

Don’t want me to know? Consider using that private browser!

Use of Cookies

I use cookies to fuel my writing. Preferably the soft-baked, chewy varieties.

I also use cookies on this site to ensure the integrity of the registration process and to personalize the Site. A cookie (the boring kind) is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site’s features that you customized.

Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie. This technology is a tool used to compile aggregated statistics about web site usage, such as how many visitors clicked on key elements (such as links or graphics) on a Web page, blog or a newsletter. I may share aggregated site statistics with partner companies who have provided customization software for use on my site. No private or personal information is transferred in this way.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.

But let’s be real. The only cookie that you’ll probably want set is the one to remember who you are the next time you comment. That’ll make your life easier.

Changes to this Statement

I may occasionally update this privacy statement. Writers revise. It’s what we do. And when I do it, I will also revise the “last updated” date at the top of the privacy statement.

I encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I am helping to protect the personal information I collect.

Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.

A Note to International Users

I live in the United States. Therefore, this site is hosted in the United States. My life is complicated enough without trying to host my site in another country. My brain has been known to explode with far less provocation. If you are accessing the site from outside the United States, by providing your information to the Site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to the United States for processing and maintenance in accordance with this Privacy Notice. You are also consenting to the application of United States law in all matters concerning the Site.

Want to be Forgotten?

Send me a quick note through my contact page and I’ll completely remove your data from my website.