Fresh Goals for a Fresh Year

Every year I talk about how I hate New Years Resolutions because they never stick; I prefer goals. I usually publish this post as I’m ringing in the New Year on New Year’s Eve, but this year I decided to wait until I got back from vacation. (We spent two weeks in Florida with family… Read more »

How to Make Imaginary Things Work

We have to learn how things work in order to write about them. But what if we’re trying to write about imaginary things – like magic – or things that haven’t been invented yet? I like to use the same approach for both scenarios; ask all the relevant questions and fill in the blanks. For… Read more »

Better Advice: Write What You Don’t Know

I’ve touched on bad or, at least, incomplete writing advice. There was my editing revelation about slaying your darlings and my mini-rant about using the Becthdel Test as a benchmark when it should be the barest of minimums. Lately, a new piece of writing advice has come under fire and I’m keen to hop on… Read more »

urban fantasy, romance novelHuge Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Sale

In case the picture isn’t enough to get you excited, allow me to introduce an exciting promotion! Over 150 indie authors have teamed up for this sale! If you’re looking for some awesome science fiction and fantasy reads, look no further. Each book, or box set, is on sale for just 99 cents. As you’ve… Read more »

Sea of Twisted Souls – Now Available!

The week has finally arrived! This weekend, we’ll be rocking to the sweet sounds of Iron Maiden LIVE! Oh yeah, and you can now purchase the final book in the Mythical Island Trilogy! Holy cow! Though I always intended to see the trilogy through to its end, I don’t think I ever believed I’d reach… Read more »

Coming Soon – Sea of Twisted Souls

On April 10th, my husband and I will be attending an Iron Maiden concert. (What!) It’s the first time we’ve bought big tickets for ourselves. Technically it’s to make up for all the anniversaries we’ve missed while moving (even though it’s nowhere near our anniversary), but for me it feels like the reward for something… Read more »

urban fantasy, romance novelGoing Deeper – Catilen’s Day

I’ve been exploring the art of connecting to a character’s headspace using writing prompts to delve into their psyche. I enjoyed the exercise with Domerin, so I decided to give Catilen another go. Here’s a small story that takes place shortly after the events of Island of Lost Forevers. … The days were difficult enough… Read more »

The Setting as a Character

One characteristic of epic fantasy is the scale of its setting. Epic tales take place in vast worlds, full of interesting cities, cultures and landmarks. Somehow, the characters become aware of these details throughout their adventure and it becomes clear that the world is active even when the characters aren’t present. Rebellions may take place… Read more »

Crossroads of Frozen Eternity Available Now!

The time has finally come for the adventures of Catilen Taylor and Damian Cooke to continue. Crossroads of Frozen Eternity is now available at your resident Amazon store (, and to name a few). It’s also available on Smashwords and DriveThru Fiction (both of which offer multiple file formats, in case you don’t… Read more »

Character Introduction: The Sorcerer

A few weeks ago, I reminisced about the creation of Island of Lost Forevers‘s leading lady, Catilen Taylor. Every protagonist needs at least one plucky companion, don’t they? We originally considered Catilen’s closest friend (and fellow kook), Damian Cooke, the story’s main character. Until we realized the character most impacted by the book’s events, the… Read more »