What makes you choose a book?

Writers are not normal people. And so, I'm genuinely curious, and truly not for my own selfish promotional reasons, but rather to re-center myself and remind myself of what really matters -- What makes you pick up a book?

Goodreads Giveaway!

The Goodreads giveaway for From Unseen Fire has begun! Enter now for your chance to win one of 10 Advanced Reading Copies.

How Cass Gets “Unblocked”

I would sum up my advice on feeling blocked as doing one of two things: dig deep, or try something new. You either have something bothering you about the story that needs rooting out, or you just need to look at it from a different angle for a little while.

The Turning of the Year

Y'all. 2017 has been rough. I don't think that comes as a surprise to anyone. Almost everyone I know feels a bit beaten about the head by this year, and when you look at our political circumstances... Well. It's been rough on a personal level, too. In the spring, I made the difficult decision to … Continue reading The Turning of the Year

Witches & Warriors: An Anthology

I'm delighted to announce that the Witches & Warriors anthology, in which I have a short story, is now available in both paperback and e-book format! This anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short stories benefits the Sirens Conference, an annual gathering dedicated to the diverse, remarkable women of fantasy literature: authors, readers, editors, bloggers, librarians, and … Continue reading Witches & Warriors: An Anthology

No Matter How Your Heart is Grieving: Some thoughts for #WorldMentalHealthDay

When you're broken -- when your brain tells lies, when depression says you'll never be good enough or brave enough or strong enough, when anxiety has you certain that no one actually likes you and even your friends are just pretending, when let-downs and betrayals occasionally hammer that message home, when toxic influences have magnified everything bad you think about yourself -- just hearing words like those is... well, magic.

Failing to Fawn: How early experiences shaped my ‘fight’ reflex

An interesting article ran across my eyes this afternoon: "The Cowardice of White Women", by Louisa Leontiades. It discusses the tendency of white women to want to fit in, to receive our power secondhand from white men, and to ingratiate and adapt in order to survive, and how that learned behavior often makes us poor allies … Continue reading Failing to Fawn: How early experiences shaped my ‘fight’ reflex

Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

It's here, it's here! At long, long last, I can reveal the cover for From Unseen Fire: Isn't it gorgeous? I'm totally in love with it. Thanks to artist Tran Nguyen, who really nailed a fantastic look, and to the whole team at DAW for getting this put together. And, thanks to Unbound Worlds for hosting … Continue reading Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Rooms of Our Own

I've found myself thinking quite a bit lately about writing communities -- and particularly about those which are composed entirely or primarily of women (and, in many cases, transgender individuals and enbies). As someone who was supposed to debut in 2017 and is now debuting in 2018, I belong to a few different groups of … Continue reading Rooms of Our Own

Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment

A few days ago, I finally saw Wonder Woman, and it was as delightful as the internet had promised me it would be. I want more movies like this. I want sequels. I want prequels that just focus on the Amazons kicking ass thousands of years ago. I want spin-offs. And I want more heroines, all … Continue reading Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment