Category: Enchanted Storms

#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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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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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, all they could talk about was pimchie flowers. McKinley mentions them a few times in the opening chapter; nothing I would have considered over the top. I got what she was doing – 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 […]

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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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things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year has been editing my audiobook. I had no idea when I started everything that would be involved or how long it would take. My goals for the year were laughable. I was going to publish the audiobook of Tattered Heart by March and publish Enchanted Storms (which didn’t even have a title yet). I was […]

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The 777 Challenge

The 777 Challenge

While I don’t often jump into meme/tag/sorts of things, I came across this at Tracey Neithercott‘s blog and couldn’t resist. Out of curiosity I looked up page 7 of my second novel. And counted 7 lines down in the word doc. Hence the 777 bit of the title, well the thrid 7 is coming. Anyway, it was the beginning of a brand new paragraph – which didn’t need a lot of context to understand – and was exactly 7 lines long. It was too perfect to pass up. So, on the eve of Sci-Fi November when I will actually be posting once a week (I know, you can hardly believe […]

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Writer Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Writer Blog Hop: My Writing Process

When Amy tagged me in her writing process post she had no idea what a gift it would become. Obviously, neither of us foresaw what a crazy week this would turn into – in both work and life and everything. Now, in the aftermath, I get to sit down with a cup of coffee and a good playlist and talk about writing, which is an unexpected gift. The interesting thing about being a writer is you kind of can’t talk about what you do. And by that I mean, you can’t really talk in depth about your WIP. Because why spend all that time trying to describe it instead of […]

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Character plotting

Character plotting

I’m not a plotter. Character and dialog I’m completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it’s tough). So, I’m always looking to learn more about plotting or hear how successful authors address plot or read things that give me ideas about how to handle plot. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for author’s blogs because they’re full of great information. I’ve learned a lot from reading Patricia Wrede’s blog, in part because she’s a plotting writer so she’ll throw in a sentence or description that’s incredibly insightful to me whether she […]

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