A Few Gift Ideas for Your Readers

You forgot, didn’t you? In the adrenaline rush that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you actually forgot to get a very special person a present. Sure, you found your brother in-law that vacuum he wanted at a discount. Mom’s getting that gorgeous plant holder she keeps hinting at. You even remembered the nephews and their strange new obsession with dinosaurs. But you forgot to get a present for us—your readers. (Live footage of your […]

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Writing friends are the best

There are lots of assets when it comes to writing. Time, inspiration, sustained love of something that exists mostly in one’s mind. But I have to say, writing friends are way up there on the list of necessities, and I, for one, would not survive this business without them. A few small reasons writing friends are the actual best: 1. Critique partners and sounding boards While I don’t trade manuscripts with all my writing friends […]

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Beating the Book Two Blues

I just got my second book into my publisher, which gives me a fresh perspective on that thing that people have written whole tomes on— the second book. The dreaded sophomore panic. Book two blues. It goes by many names, but the feeling is the same. So common is the feeling that there have been whole books dedicated to writing second books, along with many articles all around the internet. But recently I was talking […]

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Happy Birthday, KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX!

I can’t believe I’m writing this post! It feels surreal to say: “Yesterday, my second book was released into the world” when I am still reeling from the fact that I had one published at all last year. That’s one of the strangest things about the road to getting published. You can try and fail, try and fail, and try and fail for the better part of a decade, churning out words that you begin to […]

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Your Characters Should Want Things

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of hearing Naomi Novik, author of UPROOTED and SPINNING SILVER, speak about fantasy and folklore at a local bookstore. She likened fairy tales to desire lines: those eroded paths in grass or woodland that form when many people seek out the same things—a shortcut, a nice view, a way around an obstacle. They can endure for centuries. Fairy tale characters are full of desires: they want […]

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