Photo Credit: Woman with veil, dark Gothic fantasy image, uploaded December 24, 2014 by LoganArt: LoganArt/ Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Last week, the Sisters in Crime organization held a webinar for authors about author branding. The idea of “branding” is relatively new buzzword in business and marketing (when it comes to people rather than products, that is) but … Continue reading What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline
Photo Credit: Multi-colored puzzle pieces, uploaded 17 February 2017: Pixhere/CC0 1.0 Last week, I announced in a live Facebook post on my author page that I’m exploring new directions with my fiction. I also created a Coming Soon page on my website with more details about what I’m doing and why and what readers can expect in … Continue reading Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World
We’ve had a couple of no-shows with the Author Dream Series lately but the lovely women’s fiction/romantic comedy author, Laura Heffernan! As a child, I wanted to be a writer, a veterinarian, or (sadly) a model on Star Search. Well, it turns out, I’m terrified of blood so all medical-related professions are out. Models have … Continue reading Author Dream Series: Laura Heffernan
~~~~~~~~~ ***PLEASE READ FIRST!!!*** If you click on the giveaway link and there is nowhere to enter your email address, DO NOT PANIC!!! Per the giveaway organizers: If you came through Facebook or logged in on Rafflecopter it automatically grabs your email address. You can click the little toggle in the upper right where it’ll … Continue reading Wait out Winter Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Books on the shelf of an Amazon bookstore with all the covers facing front, location unknown, uploaded 21 March 2016 by Brian Chow: bchow/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “[Literary and commercial fiction are] serve different purposes in our society.” (Levin, par. 2) When I first discovered writing at the age of fourteen, I didn’t read … Continue reading Literary vs. Commercial Fiction – Better or Different?
Photo Credit: Book trash, taken 7 October 2017 by Paul Sableman: Meisam/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 “[S]ome authors grow to dislike, disown, resent, or regret their books after publication—whether because of an unexpected critical or popular response, changes in their own views, or simple aging.” (Temple, par. 1) The idea that an author might hate a book … Continue reading Unhappy Accidents: Why Writers Hate Their Own Work
****NOTE: Some people have contacted me with concerns that the entry showed no place to put their email. I asked the giveaway organizer about this and this was his response: If you came through Facebook or logged in on Rafflecopter it automatically grabs your email address. You can click the little toggle in the upper … Continue reading Be Our Valentine Giveaway!
I have a brand new giveaway for you that I hope you’ll love, especially if you’re a fan of urban fantasy and supernatural fiction. Author R.J. Blain has set up a multi-author giveaway where you could win a $200 Amazon gift card. Not only that, she has generously donated as an extra the entire series … Continue reading Witch & Wolf Series Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Bucket of champagne bottles and glasses, uploaded 19 March 2017, author unknown: Pxhere/CC0 1.0 January 19 marked my one-year publiversary as a self-published author. A year ago on that day, my first book, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories was released, officially making me a self-published author with all the excitement and anxiety that … Continue reading My 1-Year Publiversary
Front Cover Photo Credit: The Death of Acaeton, Titian, 1559-1575, cropped painting, National Gallery, London, United Kingdom: AAvindraa/Wikimedia Commons /PD 1923 It’s here! It’s release day for my second book The Order of Actaeon, the first book of my Waxwood series :-). Book Blurb Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted. Jake is heir to … Continue reading The Order of Actaeon Release Day Blitz!