A New Look at Book II of the Chrysathamere Trilogy: Empire of Ghouls

Hi, everyone! Coronavirus is terrible. The only silver lining is that, while under lock-down, I can pretend that my shut-away, writer lifestyle is the result of social distancing, instead of…you know…what I’d be doing anyway. In honor of Marilia, the Warlord making the Reedsy Discovery featured list (seriously, a shout-out to all the wonderful readers … Continue reading A New Look at Book II of the Chrysathamere Trilogy: Empire of Ghouls

Who Wants to Save the World?

So, I was playing this game, Horizon Zero Dawn. It was a really good game, with compelling character dynamics, a heart-wrenching loss, petty rivalries between bitter teens, and a sinister cult. And then…it turned into something else. Something we’ve all seen before: a story about evil robots trying to destroy the earth, and wouldn’t you … Continue reading Who Wants to Save the World?

When Age Isn’t Just a Number: My Not-so-Wonderful Experience with the Publishing Industry

When I was trying to find a literary agent, there was one number I obsessed with: word count. Blogs, writers’ conferences, online message boards, everyone said the same thing—if your word count is too high, you’re book will not sell. So I cut and cut and shifted my book around until I got it…well, still substantially … Continue reading When Age Isn’t Just a Number: My Not-so-Wonderful Experience with the Publishing Industry