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,...
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...
Exploring the “What If”

Exploring the “What If”

Have you ever been so scared that the hairs on the back of your neck stood up? As an outdoor adventure-lover, I have faced many challenges: from raging rivers to snowy passes to lightning storms, and though I’ve never come face to face with a bear, I have seen...
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. I even tested out a few freebies just to see what other authors dabbling in the free market were writing. If...
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...