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New Reading Rules Are in Town

New Reading Rules Are in Town

I’ve long operated under the idea that it’s best not to read in my genre when I’m writing. In the early days, other authors’ styles would creep into my writing, so much so that during edits, I could point to the author I had been reading when I wrote certain passages. (Those books of mine… Continue Reading

Where Novel Ideas Come From

Where Novel Ideas Come From

I’ve been performing a lot of magic lately. I’ve been building worlds out of nothing, pulling ideas out of the ether. I call this brainstorming or world building, but really it’s magic. It’s the same type of magic that creates dreams—not the dreams that are regurgitations of previous experiences, but the dreams that are wild… Continue Reading

Epic World Building

Epic World Building

A binder—forest green, 1.5 inches thick, filled to bursting—sits on my office shelf. At one point, it would have been the first thing I grabbed in case of a fire. I haven’t looked at it in years, but I opened it yesterday (I’d honestly forgotten what it was), and was overwhelmed with memories. It contains all my… Continue Reading

Playing Catch-Up

Playing Catch-Up

I’ve been deluding myself lately. I’ve been pretending I can do two things in the same time. Not two things at the same time like multitasking, but actually schedule and do two things in the same space-time. Some of you are familiar with this principle based off the studies conducted in the field of quantum mechanics. Most of you are… Continue Reading

Looking Back and Forward

Looking Back and Forward

2015 I’ve made a big deal many times about how 2015 was my first year as a full-time author. If I didn’t think it would alienate everyone in my life, I’d make a big deal about it every day. I’ve wanted to be a full-time author since I was eleven years old. This accomplishment is HUGE.… Continue Reading

Writing Is Magic

I’ve been writing for 25 years now. (I did the math on that twice just to be sure it’s right.) I’ve been published for a little over a year, but the need to record the stories in my head has been a lifelong obsession, and one I still adore today. Only once in my life… Continue Reading

Falling in Love

Falling in Love

I’ve fallen in love.  Not with one person, but with two. I’ve fallen for my own characters. Surprisingly, despite controlling the creation my characters, I can still be blindsided by who I develop genuine affection for. In fact, up until A Fistful of Fire, I’d never fallen for any of my characters before. Caution: If you haven’t… Continue Reading

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