Last night, I completed the first draft of the second Accomplice novelette, Assassin's Accomplice! At several points writing this story was like pulling teeth, because it is a counter-pov parallel story. This means the first book, Assassin's Arrangement, was written from one point of view, and the second book covers the same overarching plot from … Continue reading Assassin’s Accomplice, first draft celebration
The Reason Like many, I struggle to balance my writing life, my personal life, my full-time job, and other obligations. Most writers believe reading is an integral part of writing; As Stephen King says, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” If a writer doesn't … Continue reading 2018 Reading Goal
Before the New Year, I made a list of works I need to write and publish in 2018--works I've promised to readers, mostly sequels--as well as other live projects. Promised to publish: RUIN, Run Rabbit Run #3 The third COLOSSUS novel, but most likely not the last you hear from Avery Rhodes. Release date: late … Continue reading YOU Get to Vote on my 2018 Projects!
2017 was a wild ride My husband and I spent the majority of the year living in Maryland, in some friends' guestroom, working at the dining room table. Despite wanting to settle in the DC area, we quickly realized that wouldn't be as practical or affordable as we wished, so we bought a house and … Continue reading My 2017 in Review
What started as an eerie stand-alone flash fiction turned into a series of short stories and an experiment in publication. Nails: the first creepy captivity short (the original version is available for free here) -- Introducing our nameless host. An attempt to indulge his current victim threatens to tip him into insanity. My original intention to … Continue reading The Creepy Captivity Shorts: an experiment with an art form
Gone are the days of the mustache-twirling bad guys, the pious knights in shining armor, helpless damsels in distress, and evil witches. These stock characters are fun when we're developing our sense of story, but they should soon serve one purpose: modelling what a flat, undeveloped character looks like. We should have villains rife with … Continue reading Flaws and All: Writing Complete Characters
I apologize for the unannounced hiatus. It was as unexpected as it was sudden. My husband and I had been looking for houses in the DMV-area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), when we switched gears and decided to buy a large house back in Georgia rather than a small house in... anywhere in the DMV. My desk … Continue reading I’m BAAACK!