In Which the Author Continues Interviewing Herself About Her Books

Who was your inspiration for Colton Johnson in "Step Into Love?" My youngest sister was partly the inspiration for Colton. She deals with a lot of similar issues in her daily life, although she's never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This might be because she absolutely loathes going to the doctor's office and getting her [...]

Friday Favorites Takes Me Away

April 19 Favorites: Fictional Worlds For this week's post I wanted to mix it up a little. So I'm making a half-and-half list. Five bookish worlds I would move to tomorrow sign me up, I'm bringing the family, see you later reality! Then five bookish worlds where I'd last long enough for one good Hollywood scream, and yet, I [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

Magic and Mayhem and Friday Favorites

April 12 Favorites is: Magic Systems Wands & Wandlore, Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling I'll go ahead and lead off with my very favorite magic system, which is wands. Current diversity criticism aside, we can't deny that JK Rowling can worldbuild with the BEST of them. Her lore about wands is one of the better [...]

In Which the Author, Who Assures You She Isn’t Crazy, Interviews Herself

What were you like as a child? Okay, first, this is an awfully personal question to lead off an interview with and I'm already questioning your motives. I'm told as I child I was energetic and active, almost to the point of being annoying. I would walk up to perfect strangers, to introduce myself as [...]

Friday Favorites is a Smooth Criminal

April 5 Favorite is Fictional Criminals My friends: My family: Strangers on the street: SE *gets a bullhorn* *climbs up on box*: TAMORA PIERCE IS THE BEST YA FANTASY AUTHOR EVER. And you all should have read her already. I do keep trying to use other authors for this list, but Tamora just seems to happen. [...]

Make a Wish: an IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a judgment-free presence in your author life. Tell us about your doubts or fears, and how you have conquered them. Bring us in on your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who might be struggling. Visit and connect with your fellow writers. The group aims [...]

Friday Favorites Gets Twisted

Friday Favorites is a blog hop hosted and created by the wonderful somethingofthebook.com March 29 My Favorite Plot Twists I love a good twisty moment in a book but I don't go out actively seeking them. I tend to be a pretty oblivious person at the best of times and small details fly far, far over my [...]

Friday Favorites Makes Friends

Find the sign-up and topics at somethingofthebook.com March 22 Favorites: Fictional Friendships. Can I also say that alliteration is my favorite thing? Yes? Okay. On to the best buddies you'll find in a book. The Golden Trio-Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling Who isn't going to lead off today with the three who made it through literally everything together? [...]

Review Sites for Your Author Toolbox

Getting reviews can be so difficult for small press/Indie authors. Believe me, I know the pain. As I've worked my way through the wild west Interweb I've been lucky enough to find & follow plenty of book bloggers, mostly for their fascinating reviews. A lot of these websites accept books for reviews, which makes them just [...]