Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots

“So are Ash and Skye going to get together or what?” my mom demanded after reading the latest installment of my Syzygy series. I stifled a groan. “Do you think I'm that predictable?” “No, I just know you.” Meaning she knows I’m a total sucker for a good ship. Since childhood, I’ve endured tedious book series and shark-jumping … Continue reading Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots

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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

As both a writer and a musician, songs and stories are inextricable for me. Lyrics are a fascinating narrative form--Springsteen is like Steinbeck with a guitar--and even the flimsiest dance tune develops a narrative in an author's imagination. I've got whole soundtracks for novels! No room for that today, so here are a few of … Continue reading Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing

You’ve written the story, revised the draft, and edited the manuscript to near-perfection, all to reach this point: publication. But don’t start decorating that memento box for your rejection slips yet. The digital age has transformed the way people consume fiction, and consequently the way its distributed. Today’s authors now have more choices in distribution … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters Most Like Me

I thought this T5W topic would be easy. I've always identified strongly with fictional characters, and over the years I've allied myself with almost every gutsy heroine whoever butt-kicked her way through a novel. But upon considering the subtleties of this week's challenge, I realized that few of those characters are comprehensively similar to me. Katniss … Continue reading Top 5 Wednesday: Characters Most Like Me