• Announcements,  Updates,  Veil of Thorns,  Writing,  Zyne Legacy

    (Belated) Summer Writing Update

    It’s still technically summer, right?  Sort of?  As my friend Lenny says, it’s been a minute since I posted over here.  It was a very eventful summer! I finished the draft and am on to revisions of Veil of Thorns!  I actually finished the book in June, but then I found out we had to either buy our house or move, and a mad dash to make that happen ensued.  We bought the house! It just closed on September 1st, and now I can breathe a sigh of relief (that I don’t have to move) and focus on getting this book polished and out to readers.  It will be off…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Storycraft: Scene and Sequel

    ::crawls up from dark hole in the earth with pens and candy wrappers sticking out of the snarl of her hair:: ::blinks:: Helloooooooooo! I fell off a bit of a cliff with this blog the last couple of months, but that’s because I was finishing Veil of Thorns.  The first draft is officially DONE!  I’m letting it simmer for a bit before I dive into revisions, and concurrently I’ll be working on the SSS (super secret steampunk) project that I’m hoping to have ready in time for Pitch Wars. So, there is my mini writing update. Now let’s dig right in to this Writing Wednesday post!

  • Fiction Friday,  Flash Friday,  Free Reads,  Giveaways,  Writing

    April Flash Fiction Challenge & Giveaway!

    Coinciding with NaNoCamp this month, I’m teaming up with a fellow writer from #Bookstagram to host a Flash Fiction Challenge & Giveaway!  Visit the challenge post on my Instagram (link in sidebar) for the full details on how to enter the giveaway.  But even if you don’t participate on Instagram, feel free to use these prompts and post to your blog or other social media accounts.  Share and tag me, so I can read!

  • Audiobooks,  Excerpts,  Fun Extras,  Rain of Ash,  Shameless Self-Pimping,  Skydancer Series,  Writing Wednesday

    Interview with Narrator Daniela Acitelli

    I have something a little different for this WW post–my narrator has graciously agreed to do an interview! It is my pleasure to introduce you to Daniela Acitelli: Daniela Acitelli is a professional Audiobook Narrator / Voice Over Artist with a Theatre, Film, Cabaret and Circus background.  You can find her on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. She also narrates for the RNIB, SpokenRealms, Deyan and Whitehouse publishing.

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Building a Character with MBTI

    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…

  • Fiction Friday,  Healthy Living,  Writing

    When will body positivity meet literary diversity?

    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.