Okay, so that title is a *little* misleading. I'm not talking about actual blood. Unless you're like me and tend to have random nosebleeds. Not good for your keyboard. No, the hurt I'm referring to is more emotional than physical. But how so? You've no doubt come across the adage to 'write what you know' and likely… Continue reading Blood on the Keyboard: Writing When it Hurts
It has been quite a while since I've read urban fantasy yet this past month I've seemingly been on a UF kick. While it's not high on my list of go-to genre's (mostly due to lack of MOGAI representation) I have enjoyed it in the past. Which is what makes Evans' book all that much more… Continue reading Book Review: Blood & Ink by Holly Evans
Disclaimer: I was given a free advanced readers copy of the novel Spectered Isle in exchange for an honest review. The newest Green Men series is set in 1920s England. The Great War is over, the Twenties are roaring in, the Bright Young Things hold ever more extravagant parties. It seems as though the world has… Continue reading Book Review: Spectered Isle by KJ Charles
Romance novels often get blown off by the wider reading community (and especially the literary) as frivolous emotional porn (and sometimes actual porn) lacking any real substance or plot. This couldn’t be further from the truth. However, like all genres, romance does have some troublesome tropes. Some of these tropes are perpetuated in common advice… Continue reading Writing a Healthy Romance
Ah, the crazy writer. Edgar Allen Poe, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemmingway, Slyvia Plath. The names conjure the image of tormented, alcoholic, or strange souls destined to be on the outskirts of society while they penned the next literary masterpiece. Several famous writers have suffered from mental illness and have even succumbed to their disease or… Continue reading The Pitfalls of Pleading Insanity: How jokes about being a ‘crazy’ writer hurt all writers.
You can find today's post in full on Beyond the Rainbow.
Writing with diversity is something that every author should strive for. Yet there still seems to be a lot of confusion about what it means and how to go about it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. “I think I’m supposed to be dead.” Corwen’s emotions are a frozen wasteland after years of enslavement and abuse. When he’s finally rescued, freedom isn’t enough to thaw the wintry landscape of his heart. Slowly, his new compatriots… Continue reading Book Review: Ice in Sunlight
Today I'm launching a brand new bi-weekly column over on Queer Sci-Fi. Ayres & Graces will primarily focus on writing with diversity and challenges queer writers face. I'm very excited to be able to contribute to Queer Sci-Fi, so please come say hello!
With the end of a tumultuous and tragic Pride month there are more concerns than ever about how gay men are represented in media. So how can you, as a responsible author, help dispel many of the harmful stereotypes that lead people to commit horrible atrocities? By accurately and sensitively writing gay men. Please allow… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: Gay Male Characters