I’ve been writing for a long freaking time. It started with a kid’s story in the back of a grade school notebook and evolved into more vignettes (plot-less scenes) as I turned into a teen. There wasn’t a lot of room for creative writing classes in my high school and when I went to college,… Read More The At Home Crash Course in Writing Fiction
Fashion plays a huge part in our life whether or not we believe it. The way we present ourselves to those around us gives clues as to the kind of person we might be. If you are fashion oriented, all of this can be woven into a fiction narrative to better build your characters. Who… Read More Characterization Through Fashion
For this installment of The Debut Author Series, I tried something new with the questions. When Katya reached out to me, I happily invited her to interview. We started with the standard set of questions I’ve asked every author so far, but this time I kept going, asking questions and sparking conversation. The interview process… Read More The Debut Author Interview with Katya de Becerra
After twenty straight days of snow, the weather in Upstate NY has finally decided to turn toward warmth and sunshine. My soul is singing with delight, and I absolutely cannot wait to bask in the sun with a good summer read. Normally, I’m a huge fan of anything fantasy. I’ve been devouring dark YA and… Read More Summer Reads I Need Now That The Weather is Warmer
For our fourth installment of the Debut Author Series, Indonesian-born Singaporean author Clarissa Goenawan reached out to me. I was immediately intrigued by her novel, RAINBIRDS, a magical realism mystery set in Japan. Maybe I’m just a sucker for anything about Japan. Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared… Read More The Debut Author Series: Interview with Clarissa Goenawan
In order to survive, we need food and water. It is a basic necessity that all human share, yet no two places have the same food culture. There are a number of factors that affect what kind of cuisine a culture enjoys and how they enjoy it. Recognizing how food plays into your setting will… Read More Using Food to World Build
We’re up to the third installment of the Debut Author Series! Add this one to your list, because Cass Morris‘s debut book, FROM UNSEEN FIRE, comes out April 17th. Cass Morris lives and works in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with the companionship of two royal felines, Princess and Ptolemy. She completed her Master… Read More The Debut Author Series: Interview with Cass Morris
Where. Do. I. Even. Start? Claire Legrand is the author of NINE novels, including Furyborn. She tried to be a musician until she could no longer ignore the stories in her head. Now, she works as a librarian while she writes. Alright, so Furyborn follows Rielle Dardenne and Eliana Ferracora, two connected women split… Read More Furyborn by Claire Legrand, a Review
I’m that kind of person who gets really excited when they hear someone wants to work on a creative project. I’m the first person to offer encouragement and I obsessively ask about their progress. Story is such a huge part of my life and I love that it can help me connect with those around… Read More What Does a Writing Coach Do?
I can’t begin to tell you guys how excited I’ve been for this interview series! I took a leap and reached out to some authors I’ve been admiring from afar on Twitter and asked them if they would like to participate in my interview series. It totally blew my mind when they said YES! Without… Read More The Debut Author Series: Interview with Elizabeth Lim!