Wow! Halfway through June already! Time really does keep on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future. Hope that thought doesn’t make everyone too uncomfortable. To be honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable. But why think about that when you can think about the onrushing summer? So, since it’s summertime, now seems like a great time to […]Read more "ARCs of “Half a Dream” are Here! Plus Reading Recommendations and Giveaways"
Hello all! Welcome to April. It’s certainly been a damp one here in North Carolina, just like all the previous months since, oh, August. There was a brief glorious moment when my basement floor was not actually swimming in water, but that, alas, has passed. I guess this should be our theme song Since, as […]Read more "Shadow and Flame: Working on My New Fantasy Series (And This Week’s Selection of Giveaways)"
Greetings, all! With the spring equinox rapidly approaching, now seems like a great time to make the first part of my story of spring, The Breathing Sea, free! The promo will be running March 16-20. And of course it’s always free on KU. Get it here. Here’s that link again to get The Breathing Sea I free on […]Read more "The Breathing Sea I is Free This Week!"
Last week I talked about synesthesia and other sources of inspiration. As part of that I touched on some of the literary, as opposed to personal, sources of inspiration for my novels. This time around I thought I’d delve into that topic a bit more deeply. No doubt there will be more posts on it […]Read more "Whose overcoat have we come out from under, anyway? Some of the sources for my novels"
I’m currently reading Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s A Girl Behind Dark Glasses, about her experience as a teenager with severe ME/CFS. I’m interested in her story not just because, as someone with a chronic illness, I’m interested in the stories of other people with chronic illnesses, but because, like most people in her situation, she has to try […]Read more "Tripping Out: Writing About Altered Perceptions"
When I conceived of Valya, the heroine of The Dreaming Land, I knew I wanted her to be…bad. You know, like a bad girl. And really bad, not just fake bad. But I also wanted her to be sympathetic, which created a challenge. You see, while there are plenty of literary tropes and lots of good […]Read more "Bad Girls: Writing a Sympathetic Anti-Heroine"
So I’ve done it. After some internal debate, I decided to go ahead and dip my toe in the waters of romance. Actually, I decided to do it several years ago, when I started writing The Dreaming Land. (Link to sample). The current cover for TDLII My original inspiration for the whole story was a vision […]Read more "Musings on the #Romance and #Fantasy genres, and Steamy Hot July #Giveaways"