If you like steampunk, adventure, conspiracies and grand masquerades along with technologically progressive lesbian queens, nonbinary spies and gay soldiers then my current WIP The Jeweled Dagger is probably right up your alley. Below is the introduction to Lafayette Goddard, one of the main characters. The clang reverberated through the cell block, jolting Lafayette from where he sat leaning up against the bars of … Read More The Jeweled Dagger: Excerpt
So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow’s Fall. This week I’d like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted. After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be an impediment to him and his goals. That’s a … Read More Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
“The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on. ” – unknown “We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion.” – William Shakespeare The Owl Heroes rarely surprise us. They … Read More The Owl and the Raven
Something has been nagging me lately. A disquiet that I wasn’t sure how to quell. So, this morning I decided to write the final scene of Sorrow’s Fall from Sarin’s viewpoint. This might have been a bad idea because it was intense. Warning: Major Spoilers for Sorrow’s Fall including the end and several major revelations. Do not read if you have not read the book. … Read More Killing Sorrow
This past week I took my girl friend to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She’s been reading the books. I have not. Other than a vague idea that it involved demons and demon hunters I knew nothing about the storyline. Apparently, this was a good thing since a lot of fans of the books are outraged at the changes made. Wait, … Read More Its a Supernatural World After All
This week I am very happy to have author Clare Davidson as my guest. Clare is the author of Reaper’s Rhythm. When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her … Read More Guest Post by Clare Davidson: Four books for authors (and why I love them)
As you know, I am a huge geek. I love my fandoms. I especially love fan fiction. There is something raw and visceral about a lot of fan fiction and I don’t just mean the horrid grammar, atrocious spelling and lack of knowledge of basic english. No, it’s the willingness to push characters and situations to their very limits. Yes technically it is copyright … Read More It’s My Fandom, Get Your Money Grubbing Hands Off.
Cognitive immersion, absorption, deep reading. Whichever term you use to describe it, if you have ever found yourself so caught up in a narrative that you forget where you are, then you have experienced it. Reading is a unique experience. It literally requires us to think differently. Unlike viewing a movie or a piece of art or engaging in sports it makes us set aside all … Read More Within You
This week I was treated to a massive dose of sanity threatening emotional issues. Some were happening in real life, the rest happened in two of my favorite fandoms. I won’t bore you with my real life issues that involve being pregnant and having to move. However, I was rather surprised by the strength of my reaction to two different story plots. It led … Read More Without You
The Age of the Anti-Hero has been long. Some credit George Lucas and Han Solo for popularizing the trend that had started first in literature. Some literary anti-heroes are Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein; Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkein‘s Lord of the Rings series; Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger; … Read More Blindsided
I love to read. Almost as much as I like to write. I read everything that comes within eyesight. This is not always a good thing, but meh, can’t help it. As someone who loves to read, I read a lot of fan fiction. Don’t judge me. I’m impatient. Over the last couple of months I’ve been putting together a writer’s conference just for … Read More Writing. For real.
This is how I remember first meeting Boba Fett. He was mysterious, dangerous and didn’t back down from one of the meanest villains in any genre. It was love at first sight. Then came the prequels. The utter horror and dismay on my part as one of my all time favorite characters was reduced to a mere clone has stuck with me for years … Read More Kill Me Softly