Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!

At a few key places in The Water Castle, I really built up the tension – and it works. Nail biter stuff. The reader is tense, the character is tense… Hell, I was tense. (I discovered a little trick, that whatever I wanted the reader to feel, I had to make a character feel. We’reContinue reading “Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!”

You Want Your Book To Read Like A Serial – Even If It’s Not One

I remember reading A Tale Of Two Cities in school and being partly fascinated with it. I don’t pretend I grasped the complexities of the novel at that age, maybe eighth grade or freshman year in high school, but I remember it read a lot like a soap opera – and our teacher informed usContinue reading “You Want Your Book To Read Like A Serial – Even If It’s Not One”

New Author Interview: Jaye Marie, a NaNoWriMo Success Story

When I was a brand new writer, I didn’t worry too much about how to write a story or what the process was. I just was relating funny stories about first-time parents with a new baby in the house. A lot of sleep deprived people could relate to that, so it transitioned pretty easily intoContinue reading “New Author Interview: Jaye Marie, a NaNoWriMo Success Story”

Why YOU Should Join A Critique Group, You Arrogant SOB

I was an arrogant writer when Savvy Stories came out. Still am. You have to have an ego to put out a book and expect strangers to spend money on it – and enjoy it and not return it and not laugh at you and not… You get the idea. I laughed when I wasContinue reading “Why YOU Should Join A Critique Group, You Arrogant SOB”