Books to Read (and avoid) This Summer

Books to Read (and avoid) This Summer

Over the past 9 months, I expanded my reading horizons. I wanted to find out what types of stories were popular in other genres. Some I read for research purposes--I'm always looking for inspiration--others were simply to open my mind to new ideas, characters,...

The Power of Research

The Power of Research

You wouldn't think that being a fiction writer would require research. For sure, plenty of fiction authors don't take the time to research their stories--I know because I've found their errors. And plenty of readers don't mind when authors make everything up. I mind....

Return to Witch’s Rock

Return to Witch’s Rock

On the first day of our 5-week Costa Rican sabbatical, which began in Tamarindo, we woke to the sound of the wacky birds making a major racket just outside our door. We'd rolled in late the previous evening after an epic travel day. Despite the expert and free packing...

Exploring the “What If”

Exploring the “What If”

She begins to charge, her coat rippling like silk. My breath is high in my chest and my fingers are shaking. I remember this: the hard butt of the shotgun against my shoulder, my legs tensing, on eye closing as the other sights her at the end of the barrel.

Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Summer

Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Summer

Despite my family’s zeal to play hard all summer (meaning little time to read but who’s complaining?) I managed to devour several good books this summer. I even tested out a few freebies just to see what other authors dabbling in the free market were writing. If you’re looking for a few good reads, here are my four favorites from summer 2018:

How To Write a Book in 30 Days

How To Write a Book in 30 Days

Beginning a new book is the hardest task a writer faces. After months of daydreaming, researching, and dreaming up scenes, it’s time to get them all out neat and organized and into book form so people can enjoy it. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s terrifying.

Volcanology for Dummies

Volcanology for Dummies

Every book idea begins with "what if?" For Love in the Time of Surfing, it was: "what if a woman gets drawn into a dangerous adventure to rescue her miscreant stepbrother?" I knew that the protagonist was some kind of scientific bigshot, and I needed a reason for her...

Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

With everything that's been made public this last year about female oppression in the arts and film, in the workplace, and in science, my tolerance for this same environment in fiction is zero. I don't want to read novels featuring oppressed female characters, and I...

Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Finally, it's time to read. I have always loved books and escaping into one during the holidays (or any other type of family gathering) became my MO as a kid. There are pictures of me reading during family picnics, on camping trips, during Christmas parties, and at...

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