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The Spirit Breather now available for Amazon Kindle

So…I published my book. And I did it on my  own (with the help of some wonderful friends/family). You can Find My Book on Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Print. Other than some medical emergencies I’ve faced down in the last couple of years, this

Why I write spec fiction

In the last decade since I’ve been a student of writing and craft, I’ve read more books than I can count, starring all of my favorite YA characters, from faeries and vampires to awkward book nerds and victims of injustice. I’ve swooned over paranormal romances.

Why I write YA: 3 books that changed my life

When I tell people I write Young Adult literature, the typical response I get is: “Really? Why young adult?” The tone of that question is not one of piqued interest. Instead, it is typically more of a shocked, condescending sort of tone–like I should be

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Word for word: reigning in your writing

I love words. I love vivid images. I love the technicality of a beautifully constructed sentence. I love using similes and metaphors to create an imaginary world that lures in my readers. I’ve always admired the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald for his ability to

How to deal with multiple story syndrome

A fair-haired beauty from the 18th century American frontier wakes me up at 4 a.m., her home burned, her father dead. I don’t know what happens next, but this girl–currently named Honor–demands that her story be told. She might be blonde, but she’s anything but

Happy New Year!

If the last five months of my life were a TV show, it would probably be some sort of embarrassing reality show in which a camera follows me around and captures all my less than graceful moments. I stumble, blurt out something painfully incorrect or humiliating,

The Beauty of the Blank Page

I have heard several authors compare writing a novel to raising a child. First, an idea takes root inside and grows into a unique plot that explores the nature of life and truth. Then, the author spends months, or even years, drafting and developing that