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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Taking Advantage of Our Unpublished Work

Gather around the fire. Let’s tell a ghost story. I have a middle grade novel that releases next year. The series follows characters that train for their potential stories by attending Protagonist Preparatory. In the book, my main character stumbles upon the Sepulcher. But instead of hosting dead people, the school’s catacombs are full of dead books. All those books you started but never finished in high school? First chapters that never quite took off? […]

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Trends Never Die

Recently I was part of a Q&A for writers and there were a lot of questions and anxiety around questions about the market and dead trends, and whether or not a book with vampires/talking animals/royalty/[insert your trend or trope of choice here] are doomed from the start. This is the advice I gave then, and I think a wider audience could benefit from it, so I’m sharing it with you: Ignore all that nonsense. Everything […]

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