by Julie Arnold My muse and I have not always been friends. Or at least, our relationship was on somewhat of a hiatus. You see, when I was a little girl, my creative muse was my BFF. She inspired finger paintings, stick figure drawings, living room concerts sung from hairbrush microphones, and most of all, … Continue reading How to train your muse
by Alice Patron 1. How to plan a plot - With my first novel, I simply came up with a story. I didn’t know much about pacing. Hence, my story dragged in places and went through too much action too quickly. If you need help planning a well-paced plot, you can try resources like this: … Continue reading 10 things I wish I’d known before starting my first novel
Check out my upcoming guest blog posts, author interviews, and reviews! First up, I have two guest blog posts from Julie Arnold, who recently published Nothing Ventured, a romantic suspense novel, and from Alice Patron, author of the newly-released Rachel's Valley, a historical romance. Both of them are excellent novels that had me staying up all night … Continue reading Wonderful World of Author Showcases
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Or something in between? (A plantser? That sounds weird.) Pantsers want to know what's so great about being plotters, while plotters wonder how pantsers get anything done. And the in-between? They're just a different breed. Like most things in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to all three, … Continue reading Pants and Road Maps: Plotter vs. Pantser
Penning your own vampire fiction series sometimes makes you reflective. At least it does me. A plethora of vampire fiction has hit the shelves in the last decade or two, particularly in the young adult demographic, and given rise to many new authors like Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer, and Cassandra Clare, among others. As with … Continue reading Vampire Bites
With the new year almost upon us, it's that time of year again to reflect on past triumphs and to learn from past defeats. I've had a few small triumphs and a few defeats, but good things are around the bend. I promised I'd tell you about them in my Christmas post. A new book … Continue reading New Adventures for a New Year
It's been such a long time, and I'm sorry it has. Life has a way, sometimes, of having a knockdown, drag-out fight with you! I'll catch you guys up on the lastest in another post, as there are a few exciting things down the road and in the works. For now, I'd like to highlight … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
via Book Review: Against All Odds Sara Beth Williams just did a great review of my novel, Against All Odds. Thank you, Sara, and I look forward to doing the same for you!
Writers have got to be some of the craziest people (delightfully crazy) to be friends with! I'm blessed (yes, I mean that) with around a dozen or more crazy writer friends, most of whom I congregate with on a regular basis. I've been a part of some weirdest conversations--you just don't know!
Recently, I got an interview on New Book Central!