Tonight I was sitting at the computer and thinking about the first chapters of my book. Much as Harry Potter has to go through a sorting process to belong to Gryffindor, so my main character, Y'keta, has to go through a full year of scrutiny before the People will accept him as their own. He … Continue reading Which Lodge do you belong to?
Risk-taking, Strength, Weakness, and the development of character. One of the things that I find hardest to deal with in both my writing and my life is the constant tension between safety and desire, the need to appear successful and together creates a level of fear that can be paralyzing. If you take a risk … Continue reading But what if I break?
It feels like I made this video a long time ago, when really it was a bit more than 2 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVmUdFhTl_A&feature=youtu.be This is a recording of my first ever public reading of Y'keta. The story has changed a bit since then. but it shows me that the Road was real. It amazes me when … Continue reading Sky Road – Feeling thankful
Sweaty profanities fill the air as the expectant mother paces back and forth across the room. Pant, pant, pant, breathe. Pant, pant, pant, breathe. After months of preparation it's finally time. She'd read every book she could find on the birth process, studied all the required blogs, gone to classes, written journals and made crafts. Every … Continue reading On having a Book Baby.
Time to add a new book to your TBR! I'm looking for ARC readers and reviews for my Epic Fantasy YA novel coming out on March 17.
Sometimes pain is the greatest teacher.
Really?! This is one of the first things I was told when I talked to people about writing Y'keta. I was told to keep it simple, make it move fast, and assume that your readers are stupid. As an example I was given a few 'teen' books to read. They weren't bad books, but if … Continue reading Just assume your reader is stupid!
I've talked to many people today who are looking at tomorrow and the events in the US and feeling anything from uncertainty, to fear, to desperation. No matter which side of the political spectrum you come from, you see the great gulfs that divide ideologies and governments getting wider as more and more people fall into … Continue reading Let There Be Hope!
Sooner or later the tension has to break and when it does sparks will fly.
In working on the story for Y'keta, I unwittingly included a triad of powerful women who shape my hero in different ways. One of my beta readers pointed out to me that I was following a classic maiden-mother-crone progression. I think knowing that my female characters held such archetypical power, made them stronger and gave me … Continue reading A Goddess for every moon.