Creating characters that readers can connect with is the key to writing kingdom. Stories are all the same. Unique worlds, though numerous and sometimes extremely vivid, are all just variations on a theme. Characters are the only part of writing that can be truly unique and original. Characters sell the story and the world and can stay with us long after the riveting action and intriguing backdrop have faded from memory. So, how to write a unique and memorable character? Most of them don’t spring fully formed into a writer’s mind. It takes some effort to create a multi-dimensional made-up person! It’s definitely not as simple as giving them an…
Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be. As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
I’m so proud to finally unveil the book trailer for RAIN OF ASH! Video produced by Margaret Kurniawan, who was an absolute joy to work with. What people are saying about the book: “A compelling and exciting story that mixes urban fantasy with delightful dark angst and wring-your-heart-out romance.” “Mitchell has once again created delicious and well rounded characters that leap right off the page.” Paperback and eBook (Kindle Unlimited) available here. Audiobook is about to drop!
I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze. So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow.
I got back in touch with my bookworm roots this year and it feels so damn good! I completed my Goodreads challenge of 50 books (54 total). Aside from reading a ton, I also got hooked on audiobooks this year and am going to include that as a format I use routinely, AND I happened to stumble upon my online tribe: #bookstagram . I am so thrilled to be welcomed into a community of readers who love to share and chat. It brought so much joy back into reading and has been a personal & writing inspiration too. MY TOP 5 READS OF THE YEAR