Twists and Turns

I love being surprised by books. Even more, I love surprising my readers with my stories. The very best surprises are the ones you can look back at and think you should have seen coming. For that to work, the writer needs to leave a trail of bread crumbs. The results can be incredibly rewarding,... Continue Reading →

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Horrormance

Writers face many challenges. One that might not be as well-known among readers is how we agonize over where our books fit in to the grand world of fiction. I've rarely met a writer who hasn't at one point wondered what genre they should use to help readers connect with their works. So, what do... Continue Reading →

Hoodie Weather!

The joy of cooler weather doesn't end with knitting. I'm a huge fan of hoodies, and love it when the temperatures get to a point where I can wear them. Functional pockets and cozy warmth—what's not to love? Last year, I decided to amp my hoodie-love factor by designing hoodies that had my series logos... Continue Reading →

Around the Corner

We are so close to the start of Fall, I can almost smell the crisp air and hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Okay, not really, but I can imagine them 🙂 Fall is absolutely my favorite season. Preparing for the colder weather means cozying up the house, planning for gatherings with friends... Continue Reading →

Tropes: I’m doing it wrong!

One of the more illuminating (and entertaining) obstacles in my writing path lately was learning about tropes. I've known about tropes in a vague sort of way for a while, but set out to really understand them a few months back. I love taking expectations and turning them on their heads. I thought after I... Continue Reading →

When you become lost

There is so much information available to us today. Facts and opinions, trends and data sets, paths and experiences laid out by others that are so tempting to follow. It's easy to become overwhelmed or even lost. Both in writing and RL, I've been digging my way deeper and deeper into rabbit holes of information... Continue Reading →

I am not mainstream.

I found this blog post that I wrote months ago in my drafts. I thought about moving past it without sharing, but I have a feeling it may resonate with some. If it helps even one person, it's worth putting out there. From May of 2018... I jokingly talk about "Cassland" as the imaginary place... Continue Reading →

Strong Sun New Moon

Today is a new moon, so what better time to renew my blogging practice! This month's new moon is leading into the full moon that is sometimes called the Strong Sun moon. I'm going to use this time to focus on things I want to strengthen and grow as the moon waxes full. My writing,... Continue Reading →

Villainy and Proximity

The second Forbidden Knights book is half-finished, and I have this nagging feeling that it needs a different villain. That's not a revelation you want to have halfway through a novel (though it's better than having it when you're at the end, I suppose 😉 ). I thought at first that I was just feeling... Continue Reading →

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