Nasty characters

Nasty characters

I really hate to sound nasty, but is there a new trend in annoying, unpleasant heroines and heroes who are attracted to being insulted? I’m currently reading the second book like this. The two books are different in almost every way except in their horrid, unlikable heroines and the fact that they are both historical […]

Traveling for Research

Traveling for Research

Accuracy in a short story or novel is so important. Readers who know that you’ve got something wrong will almost always call you out on it. And even if it’s only for their own peace of mind, most authors prefer to get the facts in their stories right. It’s why so many authors spend so much […]

Beginnings, Middles and Ends

Beginnings, Middles and Ends

All new writers are taught that stories should have a beginning, middle and end. This seems so straight forward and obvious that it’s almost silly, but still, many people go on to complain about the sagging middle of their stories. My problem lies with the other two parts. It usually takes me four or five tries […]

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters

My apologies to my regular readers! I had this all ready to go, and then left for a family event and completely forgot to post it! So sorry!! But here is the blog post that should have been up for Mother’s day. 🙂 I had the joy of spending a few days with my daughter […]

Stupid or Smart: A new book on self-p...

Stupid or Smart: A new book on self-publishing

I keep shooting myself in the foot and then wonder why I’m hobbling around. A few weeks ago I realized I could still walk, kind of, so I got a much bigger gun and really made it so I won’t be able to walk. Nice metaphor, huh? 🙂 What I’m talking about is the fact […]