A year ago today, Across the Formidable Sea became available for purchase on Amazon. In the year since it’s earned 22 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.6 stars. On Goodreads, it has 30 and an average 4.37. It’s been purchased over 500 times in more than 3 countries. My words. My ideas. It’s utterly humbling.
“I remember Alan Moore in the late 1980s telling me about a documentary he’d seen on TV about Jack the ripper. And then, over the course of the next few months, telling me about Jack the Ripper books he’d read. By the point where he was asking me to go and find rare and forgottenContinue reading “Trust Your Obsessions”
One of the most magical things about writing is the way it leads you to access your subconscious. Many writers I’ve spoken to can relate to the phenomenon of feeling like your characters are writing the story and not the other way around. It seems a little crazy. I’m trying to get to this plotContinue reading “Colorful Characters”
I have a confession, everyone: I’ve fallen in love. I am 100% twitterpated.
What’s the name of my new paramour, you ask? Scrivener.
My journey from fanfic derider to fanfic writer.
On writing romance and blushing through the kissing scenes.
You guys, I don’t want to sound dramatic, but writing is hard.
I want it to be all composing in coffee shops, riding a wave of inspiration with a jaunty beret on my head but it’s just not.
It’s kind of like marriage. The movies make it look so romantic. Proposals are epic and surprising. In reality, I remember thinking before Marshall and I got engaged, “Wow, this is a lot more practical than I expected.” We’d been talking about marriage for at least a year before he proposed, hashing out all the details of when and where and how. It wasn’t a shock when he finally proposed, but it was beautiful, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Communication and work and practicality are the keys to being able to enjoy all the romantic aspects.
Let’s talk sequels. What differentiates a good sequel from a bad one? What sequels do you love and which are offensive to their source material?
The other night, a friend sent me a text. She was having a crisis familiar to anyone who’s ever dabbled in art: “I end up hating whatever I write and I’m so sick of it.” I did my best to assure her that it’s not a rare feeling; in fact, it’s one that I struggle withContinue reading “Keep Going Anyway”
Before I start with any new topic, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who reached out after my last blog post and extended support, love, and vulnerable confessions of “me, too.” I never expected my words to be so well-received, and I feel like the grinch whose heart grew threeContinue reading “No Woman is an Island: From Manuscript to Novel”