Amazon Bestselling Fantasy Author

My Desk, an Evolution

Remember when all you needed to be an author was this? You, your trusty pen and paper, and your imagination, and away you’d go. I’m not that old, but this is how I started writing. (Actually, I started writing stories with crayons, but we all get the point.) Then technology advanced, and writing suddenly had a… Continue Reading

A Coastal Sprint

My husband and I escaped the scorching heat of Roseville for a far-too-short stay in Monterey this weekend. Have you been? Monterey, and its sister city Carmel, is beautiful. Even better, the temperature was 40 DEGREES COOLER than in Roseville. We attended a friend’s party on Carmel Beach, and we were far from the only… Continue Reading

Making Life Easier on My Future Self

I’ve just sent Deadlines and Dryads off to my copyeditor, which means for the first time in 2+ months, I have a breather in the middle of my workday. Huzzah! The first thing I did was write myself a list of how D&D got made, because here’s the thing: I haven’t created two books using the exact… Continue Reading

Keeping the Cat Cool

Keeping the Cat Cool

Roseville just suffered through a massive heatwave. After the longest, most balmy spring in recent memory, summer kicked off with a string of 104 degree days. I’m lucky; I get to sit in my air-conditioned house, with my series of fans set up for optimal wind-tunnel effects. My outside kitty, Shyboo, is not so lucky.… Continue Reading

Author on a Horse!

Author on a Horse!

I came out of the womb disappointed to not find a horse saddled and waiting for me—or so it seems. I’ve been horse crazy my whole life. I played with My Little Ponies and Breyer horses and any number of knock-off brands I could get my hands on. I pretended I was a horse when… Continue Reading

Attack of the Clone Moths

Attack of the Clone Moths

The winter of 2015–2016 was dry for California. We spent all last summer hearing water-shortage warnings, the city dipped into hidden, secret reservoirs of water to make sure we all had enough to drink, and we were encouraged to report our neighbors if we saw them applying water to any concrete surfaces or overwatering. It… Continue Reading

Elemental Experimentation, Week 4

Elemental Experimentation, Week 4

Elemental Progress This Week: Read-through: 3.5 hours Editing: 8.75 hours Naming Characters and Places: 2.75 hours Formatting Scrivener: 1.25 hours Elemental has a title: Deadlines and Dryads! Having finished writing the first draft, my focus shifted this week to perfecting it. For starters, I had a lot of characters and places to name. I had… Continue Reading

Elemental Experimentation, Week 3

Elemental Experimentation, Week 3

I finished the first draft of Elemental! Elemental Progress This Week: Brainstorming: 0.25 hours Beats (fleshing out the outline): 10.5 hours Writing: 8.5 hours / Words written: 12,560 Editing: 2.25 hours* Total Word Count: 29,753 words! (For reference, that’s a little bit longer than Magic of the Gargoyles.) *All editing this week was to correct… Continue Reading

Elemental Experimentation, Week 2

Talk-to-text is a resounding success! I have been missing out! This has been a peculiar workweek for me, in that I played hooky one of the days (to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2—loved it!) and have worked fewer hours than normal. This week and next, my husband has more free time in his… Continue Reading

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