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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 to tell a doctor how she’s actually feeling is like squeezing water out of a rock. His outlook on life is very similar to hers.…

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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 the image of the latest huge seller, hang over your head like a constant cloud. And the cloud isn’t merely decorative. As your mind goes…

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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 examples from the Harry Potter series and I can’t get enough of the little details. Not in a creepy Mr. Ollivander way, just an interested…

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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. Want a great anti-hero? Pierce. Good solid magic system and thorough worldbuilding? Pierce. Diverse characters facing real-life problems? Pierce. The Power of Friendship™? Yep. Pierce.…

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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 for a dozen visits each IWSG Wednesday. And make sure to return comments. This group is all about connection! The awesome co-hosts for the April…

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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 about the most wonderful people on the web. The vast majority of bloggers do this completely unpaid. Just for the love of literature. Because this…

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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 artwork, but I got a little nervous about the copyright infringement.* Blink 182-She’s Out of Her Mind Are we calling this alt rock? It’s alt…

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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 going and light and people talking and plots happening, WHO DOES THAT? If you quiz him about what happened in the show later he has…

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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 a man who not only gets but encourages my crazy. (Give a mechanic a shot, they make pretty awesome partners, is my best real-life advice.)…

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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 writing, what other creative outlets do you have? Does the ability to raise three tiny destroyers without significant loss of life, limb, or property count…

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