How to Write a Novel, Part 3: Narrative Tension

Has a book ever consumed you? Hooked you so completely that you smuggle it to work and read surreptitiously under the desk, and stay up all night devouring chapters to find out what happens? I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in one sitting, curled in my dad's blue armchair that matched the … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 3: Narrative Tension

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Fall, Freelancing, and Fixes: Update on “Syzygy”

I can't believe November is almost over! Is everyone frantically pounding the keys for the final week of NaNoWriMo? I thought about signing up this year, but I wanted to dedicate myself to Syzygy, and working with a manuscript that's already more than 20,000 words seemed like cheating! Admittedly, the draft should be much longer by … Continue reading Fall, Freelancing, and Fixes: Update on “Syzygy”

Review of Blue Karma on Amid The Imaginary

The modern literary sphere needs more rebels like Anela. She's denounced major publishing labels and devoted her book review blog, Amid The Imaginary, exclusively to discovering self-published books in the sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian/paranormal genres. Yesterday she posted her review of Blue Karma. I appreciated the thoughtful commentary, and the critique I've already taken into consideration as work progresses on … Continue reading Review of Blue Karma on Amid The Imaginary

Reader Reactions: Book Bloggers discuss Blue Karma, Pt 3

The following is the final installment of a collaborative guest post from book bloggers Emma (emdoesbookreviews) and Mallory (The Leaning Tower of Tomes), discussing their impressions of my novel, Blue Karma. Part 3 focuses on the story's plot. And don't worry, it's author-certified spoiler free! *     *     * MALLORY: Plot-wise, what did you think? Did you see the political development coming or were … Continue reading Reader Reactions: Book Bloggers discuss Blue Karma, Pt 3

How to make an indie author squeal like a kid at Christmas

Maybe I'm still an over-exciteable new author, but yesterday this made my evening: Going public with one's work can make any writer anxious, but I think indie authors especially so, because we don't have a publishing company to support us. We stake everything--our self-esteem, our reputations, our chances of getting a conventional book deal in the … Continue reading How to make an indie author squeal like a kid at Christmas