Book Release News: Drake And The Fliers

Coming mid-November to an Amazon near you! After a year and a half in the making, Drake and the Fliers, my Young Adult urban fantasy/dystopian novel, is 99% fit for public consumption. While I apply the last tweaks to it, I thought it would be fun to give you guys a sneak peek at the final…

Flash Fiction: Final Theft

Remember when I used to write and post flash fiction? Maybe you don’t, because it’s been that long since I’ve done it. But I found a challenge that looked like a lot of fun and gave it a go. This flash fiction challenge comes courtesy of Dan Alatorre. We were to generate six titles using…

We Need To Go Deeper – Into POV, That Is

When you dream, how do you experience the dream world? Are you yourself? Do you see things from your own eyes or from the outside? What kinds of dreams stick with you after you wake up? Do you jump out of your head and into someone else’s, mid-dream? If you were taken aback by that…

To Keep Reader Interest, Zoom In

I spent this weekend on a “staycation” with my family. We drove a few hours away from our house to explore the Colorado wilds, including Great Sand Dune National Park and trekking on winding mountain roads in search of fall colors. It was glorious. Quality family time, and I had a great excuse to not…

Does The Sidekick Make The Hero?

I had the good fortune of participating in RMFW’s Colorado Gold writing conference this weekend. While I attended several productive workshops, I found a few to be especially informative, including one about sidekicks in fiction. With the permission of presenters Mario Acevedo and Warren Hammond, I’m writing this post so you can also benefit from what I…

Why I Write “Those” Characters

I recently wrote a post about why I write. It was a simple exercise in examining why I do what I do. A couple of things happened since then that made me want to expand on that topic – namely, a beta reader and critique partner bailed on my current WIP. They just stopped reading,…

Beat The Tags Out Of Your Story

As I’ve done more critiquing and editing, I’ve noticed certain trends creeping up repeatedly across a variety of texts and from a large handful of different authors. If they happen often enough, they become irritating – not bad enough to anger, but just enough to itch. You know, like that thing at the back of…