The Editor Dilemma…a Collaborative Tale with Val Day-Sanchez

    When I usually collaborate with Val, I post my view first and then post her take on whatever subject we are writing about, but today I am doing things differently. I am letting Val’s article be proudly displayed front and center.   Val’s Take: As an Indie Author you are in charge of…

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.

  First off, let’s take a moment to pay homage to one of my favorite movies ‘Dazed and Confused’. I love this movie. It is one of my favorites and if you can’t randomly identify or throw out quotes from this example of fine cinematic greatness, then you probably shouldn’t be my friend. Okay, now that…

Go Fund Yourself: A Realistic View on Self-Publishing Costs

  So I have noticed something interesting the last few weeks and I actually took time out of my insane writing schedule to address this particular topic. I came across several different posts on Facebook, either posted by an aspiring author or friends/family of an author, that has set up a Go Fund Me account….

I love you, but I’m writing…

  “Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who wanna tell you a story, but don’t wanna make eye contact while telling it.” -John Green I have started writing my new book, The Fairy Door. I am completely immersed in creating new characters, new realms, new story lines, and crazy plots that will…

My nemesis: Action Scenes

Every writer has different abilities that they excel at and every writer also has areas where they will always need work. I have no trouble rambling on with my characters inner musings and I am pretty darn good at dialogue, if I do say so myself. The problem I have always been faced with is…

The Starting Point

  ” I didn’t set out to write this book. It crept up on me when I wasn’t looking, when I didn’t know I was writing it.” – Mark David Gerson   There is one question that absolutely terrifies a writer. It’s the inquiry that makes you shrug nonchalantly on the outside and squirm on…

The Art of Taking a Break

  Someone recently asked me what I had been up to lately. It seems my disappearance from the outside world has not gone unnoticed. I answered simply that I was taking a break and I was soon going to go back to work on finishing editing the fourth and final book in The Fae Witch…

Are writers crazy?

  Are writers crazy? This is the question that I am pondering as I sit here itching to start my next book. I finished the third book in The Fae Witch Series, The Cursed Dagger, this weekend. It has been an emotional rollercoaster and I am happy to be done with it because I need…

January SXSW Collaboration: Inspiration and Character Development

  This month’s SXSW collaboration with my fabulous author in crime Valerie Day-Sanchez is about creating characters and finding inspiration before, during and after writing a novel. Let’s start with what inspires me as a writer. I’m going to be honest with you. I find inspiration in the craziest and sometimes most mundane things in…