Why everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Why everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War

I had planned to do the first of my DIY Publishing posts today but then I saw The Huntsman: Winter’s War and kept thinking about it and decided I wanted to talk about this instead. Everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War for one simple reason: so they make more. Those who know me have heard me say for years that in Hollywood you vote with your money. The first Huntsman (of the Snow White variety) made $56.2M opening weekend and went on to $155M domestically. So, of course they made another one. Winter’s War made $20.2M opening weekend. There’s plenty of reasons Winter’s War did so poorly. The […]

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Tattered Heart is an audiobook

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

At long last, the Tattered Heart audiobook is available! First things first, you can get the Tattered Heart audiobook from: Amazon , iTunes and Audible. I’ve written this post a couple of dozen times over the past year, some more eloquent than others and now that I sit down and finally get to type it out, I can’t remember any of the heartfelt or charming things I was going to say. Through this, I’ve learned an immense amount about the process of recording and publishing an audiobook. It’s been fun and tiring and frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Without fail, however, when I think about the process or when I’m asked, I always […]

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#AmCurrently

#AmCurrently

I’ve decided to occasionally do update posts that aren’t just for the entire year. I stole my #AmCurrently format from Cait at PaperFury because it’s so shiny and versatile. She has agreed to forgive me as long as I feed her lots of cake. Nothing! I almost feel horrible about it, but not quite. I’m supposed to be writing Arizona which is the book I intend to query with agents and traditional publishers. I worked through the landmarks a few weeks ago and have been meaning to sit down and start getting the draft I have into that shape I just… haven’t. There are reasons I haven’t and they are […]

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The confluence of YA and comic books

The confluence of YA and comic books

I was catching up on Variety articles this week and read a commentary about the latest installment of Divergent. “Allegiant’s” performance has some on Wall Street doubting that Lionsgate has figured out a formula for young adult films — something it seemed to have discovered in the wake of “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight,” its other tween hit. I’m sorry but Lionsgate never had anything figured out. I understand why Wall Street (and also Hollywood) thought they did – because the movies were making money. But Hollywood has the same blinders on about young adult (YA) material as it had for comic book movies. Changing Comic Book Films Despite his […]

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Enchanted Storms is now available

Enchanted Storms is now available

Sometimes being straightforward is so boring. But it’s true, Enchanted Storms is now available in paperback and kindle formats. I’m listening to the playlist because this is likely the last time I’ll listen to these songs in this order… it’s all coming to an end. And at the same time, it’s all beginning. The launch party was this past Saturday which gave readers their first chance to buy a copy; to hear the opening section; to ask questions about fairy tales and writing and not about Enchanted Storms at all… yet. It was a fun evening with a short reading and a chance to share Enchanted Storms and talk to […]

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Meet the characters of Enchanted Storms

Meet the characters of Enchanted Storms

Inspired by Erin Bowman (for Vengeance Road) and Susan Dennard (for Truthwitch), I decided to create character cards to give you a chance to meet the characters of Enchanted Storms. While it was fun to play around in Pinterest looking for great images that fit my characters, I found it somewhat difficult to create the banners. How to give enough information to intrigue but not so much as to give anything away? Especially knowing that sometimes the secrets characters keep are the most interesting thing about them. There’s also one fairly significant character not represented. As I was going through Pinterest, I couldn’t find any images that were good representations […]

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Balance in Focus

Balance in Focus

This is mostly a post about writing, but I think it’s the sort of thing that also isn’t about writing at all. And it’s something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while. One of the pieces of advice you hear for writers again and again is to keep writing. Don’t get distracted in research. Don’t spend all your time redesigning your website or marketing or on social media – WRITE. I thought about that frequently this past year when I was doing a lot of things that weren’t writing. I recorded an audiobook. I produced that audiobook. I redesigned my website. And also published my second book (that […]

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the peril of proper names

the peril of proper names

It all started with pimchie flowers. The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books and a few years ago I finally got it into my bookclub for everyone to read the wonder that is Robin McKinley. And for about 20 minutes at the beginning of our discussion, they could only talk about pimchie flowers. McKinley mentions them a few times in the opening chapter; nothing I would have considered over the top. We all understood she was trying to create this world with some nice, specific but foreign thing that said this wasn’t our earth. But my book club didn’t care about pimchie flowers and if it had been […]

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myth vs fairy tale

myth vs fairy tale

For several years I’ve thought about the distinction between myth and fairy tale. It’s an interesting conversation and this is just a blog post on what could probably be an entire college course. In some ways the two might seem unrelated, especially since we exist in a culture that recognizes the stories that are myths and the stories that are fairy tales, by their titles if nothing else. There are, however, similarities. Both are forms of fantasy narrative. We don’t really create either anymore (and the how and why of that is an entirely different post). And we retell both frequently. So what makes one a fairy tale and another […]

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Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

When I revealed the cover of Tattered Heart, I had a whole story behind it. The images that eventually became incorporated into the cover were such an inspiration and focus while writing the novel that the final cover would have seemed incomplete without the story. It wasn’t the same with Enchanted Storms. I came across the images for Tattered Heart. I would have had to search for Enchanted Storms. And it felt like if I had searched, I would have somehow been defining the story by those images; making it fit into their frame and scope. Something in me needed to let this story be whatever it needed to be; […]

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