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?

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.

A message from DAW

Those of you who have already pre-ordered From Unseen Fire might have gotten an email today letting you know that the publication date has changed. Not to worry! I'll now be debuting on January 2nd, 2018, and I'm terribly excited to have the chance to be "first out of the gate", as it were, in … Continue reading A message from DAW

Query Letter: A Success Story

what's super interesting is that, for as much as the book has changed over the past three years -- and boy howdy has it -- this query letter is still a fairly accurate description of the story...

A Title… Again!

I knew I wanted to go the traditional publishing route rather than self-publishing because I wanted a team.

“The selfsame name, but one of better nature.” – On evaluation, discovery, and improvement

I call it come-to-Proserpina or come-to-Ma'at because it's a process of thinking of what those ladies would say of me, were I called to stand before them now. How do my actions represent me? What do they say that my tongue might not? If my heart were to be weighed against Ma'at's feather, how would it balance?

Sisters, sisters…

A sister is different than a friend. Friends, you can choose. But sisters, you're given.

The Charms of Cartography

I mention all of this because, when you're writing a fantasy historical epic, having maps is rather crucial to keeping one's head in place and places in one's head.

Attention to Detail, or, Cass is an obsessive freak

So I'm almost done with this round of revisions. I'm at the point where I'm doing the penultimate read-through, which will hopefully make sure I catch any continuity errors created by my changes thus far and that I fill in any major omissions from the points raised by the editorial letter. Then the final read-through … Continue reading Attention to Detail, or, Cass is an obsessive freak

#AmEditing – Some more!

I am thoroughly delighted to have a second editorial letter in my hot little hands, chock-full of things for me to attack in the manuscript. No, I really mean that. This letter isĀ fantastic. The first one was great, but much more open-ended. Sarah and I were still getting to know each other, and she didn't … Continue reading #AmEditing – Some more!