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 [...]

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 [...]

Friday Favorites Tunes

March 15 Favorites is all about the albums or songs I love listening to while reading Music, in general, is one of my very favorite things so this week is pretty much fantastic. Buckle up, bookworms. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole, in the immortal words of Dean Winchester. *Sorry there's no album [...]

Friday Favorites Gives You a Show

March 8 Favorites: TV Shows to watch (when not reading). Bit of a puzzler this week. I . . . don't actually consume much media other than my books. I am a book junkie. The husband mainlines Netflix shows, but it's the way he GOES TO SLEEP, how can you possibly fall asleep with a show [...]

Friday Favorites Will Set You Up on a Date*

* A virtual date, with a fictional character. I mean date in the metaphorical sense here. Sorry. Didn't want to get your hopes up to Match.com standards here. Look, I can barely people on the best days and setting other humans up with dates is WAY out of my skillset. I'm incredibly lucky to have [...]

The IWSG Loves Creativity

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Come, writers of all neurotic types, and join us. Any and all are welcome and the support is unbeatable. Our Co-Hosts this month are Raimey Gallant (Hi!!), Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan and Michelle Wallace. Don't forget to go over and show them some loving support. The (optional) question for this February 6th: Besides [...]