Going for the Grit

Recently, I was asked by Barbara Winkes of Word Affair to talk in depth about writing Iron Goddess, and specifically about my main character Shea Stevens.

Recently, I was asked by Barbara Winkes of Word Affair to talk in depth about writing Iron Goddess, and specifically about my main character Shea Stevens.

What Happened to 30 Years?

I was a young teenager when I first started writing, pounding out poorly structured stories on a manual Smith Corona typewriter. Lawrence Block’s fiction column in Writers Digest was my monthly gospel. I would spend hours scanning Writers Market searching for magazines that might be interested in my stories. I even collected a few rejection … Continue reading “What Happened to 30 Years?”

The REAL Reason It’s Harder to Make a Living Writing

I read a lot of articles and blog posts about how it is so much harder to make a living writing now than it was a few decades ago. Most point the finger at “big, bad traditional publishers” who no longer pay big advances or take chances on emerging writers. Or they blame Amazon or … Continue reading “The REAL Reason It’s Harder to Make a Living Writing”

A Serendipitous NaNoWriMo Moment

Back in 2007, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo experience. When I hit the 50K-word goal, something amazing happened.

Back in 2007, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo experience. When I hit the 50K-word goal, something amazing happened.