Editing Has Begun

Editing Has Begun

I have finished reading through the first draft of Leads & Lynxes. I have finished noting every single thing that needs to be fixed. Now it's time to fix them. *cue a compilation of the Jaws theme song and Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" for accurate lyrical...

Deconstructing the Story

Deconstructing the Story

After I finish the first draft of a novel and before I dive into the edits, I read the entire book and make a bulleted list of everything that needs to be changed. I used to find this process humbling and depressing. I spend days listing all the flaws in my first...

Fresh Freebie #2

Fresh Freebie #2

After several months being exclusive to the newsletter, a deleted scene from A Fistful of Fire is now live on the Madison Fox Behind the Scenes extras page. This was a scene I was loathe to cut from the final book. It puts Madison in an embarrassing and dangerous...

Taking Action with a Giveaway

Taking Action with a Giveaway

I have marched. I have protested. I have cried. I have attended town hall meetings. I have called my representatives. I have screamed into the void and ranted to my husband and friends. I have meditated and built emotional buffers around myself. I have voted in the...

Leads & Lynxes Update: First Draft Complete

Leads & Lynxes Update: First Draft Complete

Shazam! The first draft of Leads & Lynxes is done! I'm feeling a lot like this cat—tired but ready to party! My goal for the book was 60,000 words. I came in only 11,000 words over, so I'm happy. This book is the first in a trilogy, and it has a tighter arc than the...

Reader Questions: Writing Time

Reader Questions: Writing Time

I had a lovely weekend, the kind where you forget all about everything that happened in the previous week...including where you're at in your novel. I spent the day getting reacquainted with Leads & Lynxes and then outlining the last scene before the epilogue. The...

5 Reasons I Write Fantasy

5 Reasons I Write Fantasy

I didn't know what to say the first time someone asked me, "Why do you write fantasy?"  It was as if they had asked, “Why do you breathe air?” Since then, I've formulated a better answer than a defensive, "Why don't you?" Here’s why I write fantasy: 1. Dragons. Next!...

Fresh Freebie

Fresh Freebie

After over 6 months of being exclusive to newsletter subscribers, "The Once-in-a-Lifetime Question" is now live on the Terra Haven Novels Extras page. "The Once-in-a-Lifetime Question" is a short story featuring Mika, Kylie, Oliver, and Quinn. It's set after Curse of...

Reader Questions: Mythical Creatures Edition

Reader Questions: Mythical Creatures Edition

As part of this month's giveaway, I'm inviting you to ask me questions about writing and fantasy (and really anything you're curious about). Here's the first one. Mikalea B. asks, "Mythical creatures. What ones are your favorites?  And which ones do you like least?"...

Bring on the Cute Pics!

Bring on the Cute Pics!

I've got a new contest running for the month of June. If you win, you get to pick one of my books! (Psst: This is a great way for people who don't shop on Amazon to get a free copy of one of my Madison Fox novels.) The contest is open internationally, and it has...