A few years back, I started working on a memoir about my gender transition. I got about a third the way through the rough draft and quit. In this post, I wanted to share some of the reasons why. What Can I Add? For starters, there are already a ton of wonderful, insightful, and entertaining … Read more
I am so excited to have Greg Barth, author of the gritty-as-fuck Selena series, to guest post on my humble blog, sharing about one of my favorite musicians of all time, Joan Jett. Take it away, Greg! I write like a girl. And not a nice one. I guess I should say I write like … Read more
In a recent post on her ThrillWriting blog, thriller author Fiona Quinn talks about writing scenes between predators and heroines.
It surprises some people that know me personally that I write such dark, gritty, violent fiction. Because generally speaking, I’m a very upbeat, positive, nonviolent person. And I must admit, I have from time to time wondered what it is to draws me to this writing style. Healing Through Creativity A big part of it … Read more
Every year offers its ups and downs. Some years are certainly better than others. But 2016 will be a banner year for me for three very big reasons. 1. I Turn 50 Years Young Yes, this November I will hit the half-century mark. And I’m not sad about it. Sure, my body hurts in places … Read more
Eight years ago, I participated in Nanowrimo. Now I have a two-book offer from Random House. This is the story of my journey.
If you are a writer, then you know how important it is NOT to bore the readers. In my new ebook Kick the Crap Out of Your Manuscript, I go in-depth about crutch words, including double verbs, passive voice, qualifiers, dull verbs, etc.
I am currently brainstorming the sequel to my novel Iron Goddess. Making the shift from editing back to brainstorming is tough for me. Probably tough for a lot of writers. Even assuming that I’m using many of the characters from the first book, I am faced with the question: What now? One of the tools … Read more
Coming up with regular character names can be enough of a challenge. I find coming up with nicknames even more of a challenge. A good nickname is memorable, organic in origin, and often hints at an interesting story. Think about names like Puke Ass, Syndrome and Crazy T (which is the nickname for a good … Read more