Which Came First? The Plot, or the Characters?

This is a perennial question authors get asked, and it’s just as unanswerable as the chicken and egg conundrum. Look, let’s be brutally honest here. Authors as a whole live in a half-unreal world with their heads feeling cloudy ALL THE TIME. Fictional people fill our brains with ghostly conversations. Interesting, exciting scenes play outContinue reading “Which Came First? The Plot, or the Characters?”

How to Support Diverse Books and BIPOC Writers: Author Toolbox

After the Black Lives Matter protests have died down, when local law enforcement has been restructured and defunded, as June Pride Month slides over into July, we will still be holding vigil and working to create change. As writers, we have a lot of options and a lot more power than we might think. WordsContinue reading “How to Support Diverse Books and BIPOC Writers: Author Toolbox”

An Incendiary Inciting Incident for Your Author Toolbox

This is an Author Toolbox post. The toolbox is a free, monthly, open sharing of information between authors here on the Wild Wild Interwebs. Topics cover everything from writing basics to editing, querying, marketing, and publishing. There are over forty of us now, blogging away like helpful little bees. Come join in! After months andContinue reading “An Incendiary Inciting Incident for Your Author Toolbox”

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Gets Artistic (While I Crash Into a Reef)

Welcome to another Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! To sign up for the Group yourself, join in on the fun and receive all the wonderful support, go here. The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson! Stop by their blogs and offer a thank-youContinue reading “The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Gets Artistic (While I Crash Into a Reef)”

No Filter in Your Author Toolbox

This old post has been brushed up for this month’s Author Toolbox Blog Hop, hosted and moderated by author Raimey Gallant. Authors at all stages of their writing/publishing journey are welcome to hop in and bring new ideas and tools. Did you know there are such things as “filter words” when writing? I did notContinue reading “No Filter in Your Author Toolbox”

Guest Post: Welcome Cheryl Headford!

Celebrating her latest release today, please welcome fellow eXtasy Books author Cheryl Headford. Hi Cheryl! First, congratulations on your new book! Let’s hear about it, please. Sure! Let’s start with the (hopefully super enticing) blurb: Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Matthew knows this absolutely—until he doesn’t. Matthew and his friend Cory are thrilled to attendContinue reading “Guest Post: Welcome Cheryl Headford!”

Holiday Wishes

Wishing you and your family all the best today, this week, and for all of the new year to come! I hope 2020 is full of good things for you and little to no disappointments. May you enjoy the day fully, eat the treats you were wishing for, receive that book you’ve been wanting, andContinue reading “Holiday Wishes”

The Great Blogging Wrap-Up of 2019

Alright, friends. Let’s get to some numbery maths for the year. I’m still at the point where I genuinely enjoy blogging (LET IT NEVER END) and I have a lot of fun breaking my year down in stats. Onward! Visitors in 2018: 2,320 Top 5 Posts from 2019: 15 Gorgeous Literary Tattoos (This is DIRECTLYContinue reading “The Great Blogging Wrap-Up of 2019”

The IWSG is Into Role-Play

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! Connect. Comment. Comment back. Enjoy the support and know that together we’re rocking the neurotic writing world. December 4 question – Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and whatContinue reading “The IWSG is Into Role-Play”