What Is Your Favorite Retelling?

In the writing community, there’s a saying that there are no new story ideas – there are around 12, and every “new” story is one of those 12 told in a different voice and from a different angle. The Orphaned Chosen One and the Unasked For Journey are two common ones. Another “branch” of these is…

The Book That Almost Wasn’t

Check out my guest post on Linda Sienkiewicz’s blog! Playing favorites… for a reason: Just over a month ago, my most recent novel The Seventh Seed was released to as much fanfare as I could muster. I hosted a Facebook launch party (where Linda contributed as a guest author and was FABULOUS), wrote blog posts, created ads,…

I Think I’m A NaNo Failure

When I typed the title, I realized it could mean nanofailure. Like nanometer. Only it means one-billionth of a failure. Sorry. I’ll tuck my nerd back in and we’ll get started. Nano refers to NaNoWriMo, the magical month where thousands of writers commit to writing a not-quite-novel-length amount of words (50,000) in 30 days. I’ve…

Top 5 Lessons From Bad Writer

I have an alter-ego on Twitter. Her name is Bad Writer. She doesn’t have a million followers or viral tweets or anything like that. She exists merely to be the public face of my sarcastic side. And since I talk to writers a lot on Twitter, she focuses on writing. Since her creation in July,…

The Coolest Thing That’s Happened To Me

I’m currently in sunny Florida as a faculty member of the FWA Writers Conference. Yesterday, I presented my first workshop titled How I Sold 20,000 Copies of my Debut Novel in its First Twelve Months.  I received lots of amazing feedback afterwards. One guy wanted a selfie with me. That was flattering but not the…