I recently ran across a post on Tumblr where the OP was rather distraught. They'd been told that using the word asexual to describe their character's orientation was historically inaccurate for their setting. This brought up the issue of explicitly stating a character's orientation within the prose and when and how this should be done.… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell
It's been just over a year since I started working on The Jeweled Dagger. It all started from a NaNoWriMo boot camp in 2013 and a little righteous indignation at an editor over being told to take out Lafayette's 'cross dressing.' I quit the boot camp when it became obvious I wasn't going to get… Continue reading The Jeweled Dagger Pre-Order News and Book Release Party
Disclaimer: This post frankly discusses some aspects of sex and sexuality that some might find triggering including sexual kinks, fetishes and paraphilias. Please do not read further if you find any of these subjects triggering. If you've been around romance writing for long you've undoubtedly ran across a number of characters with kinks and… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: Getting the Kinks Out
Most of us go through life never thinking much about our gender or how we express it. We might feel it is something we were born with, something absolute and immutable. We might think there are only two genders and that we are one or the other. 'But aren't there only two genders?' I hear… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: The Gender Divide
There is a lot of great advice out there when it comes to creating our characters. From Nancy Kress' Dynamic Characters to The Positive and Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi there are many excellent resources for writers looking to create truly unique and realistic characters. Even as comprehensive as these helps… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: Crush Those Stereotypes
Growing up in small towns in the middle of the Midwest, I didn't get much exposure to people of other races. There was not a single African American at the school I went to and only one person of mixed race. I also had no exposure to people who identified as different sexual orientations or… Continue reading Going Over the Rainbow: Moving Beyond the LG in LGBT.
Yes, it’s Upworthy. Chill. I liked this because this is exactly why I am writing stuff like The Jeweled Dagger and The Silver Peacock series. I want to read about people like me and I know there are a lot of us out there who want the same. We deserve amazing adventures featuring characters who… Continue reading Just Your Average Everyday Romance