Author Archive | Marie

Villains Who Would Make Great Protagonists

I love, love, love a good dark character. I think most people do. There’s a reason why some of the show-stealing characters in our favorite stories tend to be the shadowy ones. However, there’s also a reason why most of these folks tend to not be the protagonist: even with complex character development, it is simply not easy to relate to a baddie. In general, we need to be inside the mind of the one […]


The Creative Cousins of Writing

I have a little stack of DVDs and art books on my writing desk, right next to my pile of novels. There are always at least five browser tabs open at any given time. Pinterest, DeviantArt, and are usually three of those five. This is great evidence, by the way, of my scatterbrained nature. Let’s say I’m having a bad writing day—in desperation, I’m probably going to leave my writing and surf Pinterest, or […]


Maybe This Time

MAYBE THIS TIME by Alex London I always tell myself it will be different this time, and there are moments when I truly believe it. For the next book, I will make an outline. I swear. I mean it. I do. Just like when I used to organize my trapper keeper on the first day of school, all good intentions, believing that this would be the year, unlike all the years that came before, where […]


The Evolution of Process

I have a writing process. At least, I thought I had a writing process. Here’s what it entailed: Wake up. Because it’s helpful to be awake when writing one’s novel. Write in the mornings. Write only on the computer. Write a first draft all the way through, pantsed and messy and full of continuity errors, and then roll up the sleeves during the revisions. Listen to soundtracks or rain tracks while writing. Stop at around […]


Interview with Jessica Spotswood, author of Star Cursed

Star Cursed (Book 2 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles) With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves. Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the […]