Do our tastes revert back to being a child? Here’s mine.

  Recently, I attended a writers workshop where we talked about resonance within the genre that you write. “Learn the language so you don’t sound like a fraud.” Because fantasy is bone deep with me, I am going to dwell there in my writing for a while. I feel very comfortable within its realm. That…

Crawl out of the hole when writing a memoir.

Sitting alone in a crowded hole Demons possess my inner soul Caught in a place I can’t escape The only way is to sit and wait Fight the thoughts that encompass my mind. Hurry up, I’ll soon go blind! Blind to the consciousness of right and wrong To lose that feeling, everything’s gone Be strong…

Branding… are we cattle or something???

“Step right up and let me assess your brand,” said the man in front of the velvet frosted counter. He tipped his top hat at me and then the magician at the eclectic carnival waved his magic wand. I responded, “okay.” Because, well, who doesn’t want to know what in the world our brand is….

The Eyes are the window to our… P.O.V.

(drawings are mine) (photo found on editing-writing.com) P.O.V. when writing, stands for Point Of View. Many years ago when I joined my first critique group, I was lucky and grateful that the amazing Janette Rallison happened to be in my local chapter. She has written over twenty fabulous and award winning novels. Teaching point of…

Falling for the ‘Bad Boy’ and writing to tell about it.

Normally, I wouldn’t divulge all of my secrets on how to write a bad boy, but I have had quite a few people contact me personally for information on how to create more attraction between a main character and a ‘bad boy’ character. I love writing these characters! They are so complex. Their character arc…

Whip It Into Shape

It only took me around eight months to write my novel Broken Smiles. It took me three years to edit the same novel. Yes it was my first book that I finished to the end, and part of that was the submission process, but towards the end, before I signed the contract, I was ready…

Thankful

During this weekend of Thankfulness and full heart, I reflect on what I am most grateful. The things which fill me with immeasurable joy are my husband, children, family, and friends. I know I can be a selfish creature, artists usually are. I have had many discussions at length about how the life of an…

Research Before the Internet – Interviews!

Often times I circle into a tornado of research. I love it! Hours later, I find my footing again and tackle writing armed with dizzying details to help breathe more life into my story. I remember as a child interviewing my Grandmother for a school report. As I sat with her for hours and hours…