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!
Is there a writer in your life you’d like to treat to truly special date this Valentine’s Day? You want to give them that personal touch that says, I know you and I love you, but you just aren’t sure what the writer types like? Don’t worry. I got you. You could totally reserve your… Read More A Valentine’s Day Date Guide for the Writer in Your Life
We all know my life is a myriad of many things at once, but one of the things I’m currently doing is querying for BORN OF STARLIGHT (check out the Pinterest board to the right). I jumped into the query trenches last November and it’s been… an experience. It’s neither good nor bad, but one… Read More Four Things Every Writer Should Remember When Querying
Welcome to the first installment of the Debut Author series! Let’s take a moment to introduce Samantha Heuwagen, MA LAMFT ACS. Samantha is a bi-lingual sex therapist, a professor, and a host on Spilling Tea with Samantha and Dr. B. This girl does some serious work and yet, she finds time to write the Starless… Read More Interview with Samantha Heuwagen, author of Dawn Among the Stars
I only have 22 more months until the big 30! Twenty-two months! Each year that limps a little bit closer to Thirty leaves me with a feeling of dread. I can’t help but wonder what I’ve managed to do with my life up to this point. When I was younger, I thought I would be… Read More Twenty-Two Before Thirty