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…

Betas, Sales, and Scary Books

Time for a quick update post! There are lots of things going on. First, The Seventh Seed has been with beta readers for about a week, and feedback is starting to come in! I received this about ten minutes ago: Now down to business, Wow!! Whooeeeeee! What a story! Thank you, thank you a thousand…

Coming Soon! A Scary Anthology

You may have noticed I’ve been quieter on here than normal (or at least I think I have. It feels like I have). The reason is there are TWO books coming out in the next couple of months that are very important to me and have required me to bury myself in my writing hole.…

Fundraiser for Houston Disaster Relief

By now you’ve seen the shocking images coming out of Houston as Hurricane Harvey batters the area. The size of the storm combined with the fourth most-populated city in the country has created an unprecedented disaster, and as of this writing, there is still at least a foot of rain to come. This disaster is…

5 Things Authors Wish Readers Knew

When I was just a reader, meaning I didn’t create my own word babies, I didn’t have a clue what went into making books or how my being a reader mattered to anyone. Now that I’m on both sides of the fence, the picture is much clearer – and I try to be a “better”…

What Makes YOU Stop Reading A Book?

I’ve read a lot of books. A LOT of books. When I was a kid, I’d get sets of books and be thrilled at the promise of spending countless hours sitting upside-down in my mom’s recliner with an open book. Reading and appreciation of a good story is part of who I am. But in recent…