A New Year With Much Promise

So, here we are in 2013. Honestly, if I survive another apocalypse, I’m going to add “Apocalypse Survival Consultant” to my resumé. It’s getting a bit old hat by now, don’t you think?

Apocalypse Again?!

Meh…

But, while apocalypses pass us by, the rest of life remains to keep us busy – and busy I have been! Sadly, not all of my energy has gone into my writing, but here’s a little update on what’s going on in that arena.

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A Word On Self Doubt – And An Update

Self doubt truly is the enemy of writers. I imagine this is true for many creative types. I know that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about just how good or bad my work is. Is it really worth reading? Am I just kidding myself about this whole writing thing? But, this is poisonous thinking. Let me give you an example. Continue reading

The Importance Of Truth In Fiction

This is a rather long-winded post, but bear with me. I think it’s worth the effort, though I may be kicking a hornets’ nest with this one…

Some months ago, I came across a post on a writers’ forum by an author struggling with a moral dilemma. The author in question was a writer of stories aimed at the Young Adult market. His problem was that one (or more) of his characters was struggling with drug addiction. He worried that he was treading dangerous ground. Continue reading

Guest Post – Write What You Don’t Know by Beck Sherman

As part of the 2012 Blogger Book Fair, I’m happy to present this guest post from Beck Sherman, author of Revamp! Also, check out Beck’s offer at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a free copy! Without further fiddle-faddle, here’s Beck! Continue reading

Interview With Poet Robert Zimmermann

Robert Zimmermann, Poet

Robert Zimmermann, Poet

I have something a little different for you guys today! I recently had a chance to interview Robert Zimmermann. A lot of you know him from his book reviews over at his blog, but what you might not have realized is that he is also a poet. Rob is currently working on a collection of his poems but took a little time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions. Enjoy! Continue reading

On Frostwalker, Editors, and Architects

A bit of a ramble here. Bear with me…

One of the questions I get asked a lot lately is “When is Frostwalker coming out?”

The answer is usually “Soon, Mom. Jeez! Stop buggin’ me about it!”

Back in early January, the plan had been to do one last line-by-line edit of the manuscript. After that, it would be a few adjustments to scenes for pacing and then maybe one last round of beta-readers before release, maybe in March if things came together nicely.

Now, I’ve had the great fortune to have some very talented beta-readers. Not just their talents, but the mix of talents as well. Some were eagle-eyed typo hunters. Others weren’t into grammar and spelling, but they had an eye for details. Between the various beta-readers and my own line edit, Frostwalker was in pretty good shape – I thought. Continue reading

Interview With ‘The Forever Girl’ Author Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook have no doubt seen my posts about just how great a read The Forever Girl was. As someone who doesn’t usually read that genre, it was a departure for me. The fact that I was sold on the first chapter and then loved the book in full should be a testament to the wide appeal this book offers and the compelling ability of the author, Rebecca Hamilton.

Today, I have a special treat for you! I asked this talented (and busy) lady to take the time to answer a few questions for me and my readers and she graciously consented. I’m very pleased to present this brief interview with Rebecca Hamilton. I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as it was to conduct! Continue reading