Category: Books

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

That’s an unwieldy title but it’s because of his last name and not at all that I just like the word conundrum. Gore Verbinski had an interview years ago, I think in Movieline, long before any of the Pirates movies. He talked about making The Mexican and Mousehunt and he said that if something was […]

December 8, 2013 | Posted in Craft, Tattered Heart
Tattered Heart Cover Reveal

I love stories. I even like stories about stories so I’m going to subject you to mine. I’ve written Tattered Heart probably a dozen times. Officially, there have been 10 drafts, but that doesn’t count the two or three false starts where I couldn’t figure out how to get from the beginning to the end […]

November 10, 2013 | Posted in Tattered Heart
forays into the unknown

I got the idea for my first novel in late Oct 2006. I toyed with it in fits and starts but I didn’t actually start writing it until Feb 2008. It was a fairy tale and the story of how I thought of it and what it became will be the beginning of my Idea […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Books, Life, Tattered Heart
300 words

Last night I wrote 300 words in my current novel. It wasn’t much – a little paragraph and a snippet of a scene. But there was something about it that was immensely satisfying. And then I figured out what was so great about 300 words. They were my words. My style and my voice and […]

August 10, 2013 | Posted in Arizona
Author Initiative

As an aspiring author one of the things I’ve learned is that it’s easy in this writing/publishing industry to feel like you’re at everyone else’s mercy. This isn’t new territory for me after living in LA for years. Whether you’re a writer, actor, screenwriter, director of photography, costume designer, or almost any other creative profession […]

April 5, 2013 | Posted in Books
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 […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Character, Enchanted Storms, Plot, Story Courses
Things of 2012

Lots of people had great lists of books from 2012, much more creative ways of looking back like Tracy Neithercott’s YA Superlative Blogfest. I just have a boring old list of the best books I read in 2012 – but it’s got superb books on it! For my book list I went to goodreads and […]

January 11, 2013 | Posted in Books
NPR’s Teen Novel vote

You may or may not have heard that NPR is compiling a list of the Best Teen Novels Ever. In principle I think it’s a fun idea. Though the title, and therefore the premise, is a bit pompous. Best Teen Novels *Ever*? Really? I don’t know that you, or anyone, has the right to claim […]

July 30, 2012 | Posted in Books
the unrecognizable expression

You know what I hate in books? When an author says: “a look she didn’t recognize crossed his face.” There are a dozen different variations on this but the essence is: someone is feeling something but the first person protagonist can’t make sense of it. It’s understandable – the book is written in first person […]

April 27, 2012 | Posted in Books
I’m the one that’s cool

When I first read Joel Stein’s dismissive of YA literature I admittedly bristled, much like Alyssa’s reaction at Think Progress. But then I looked a little closer as research for this post. First of all, this is part of a discussion by The New York Times on YA fiction, so while Stein is entitled to […]

April 5, 2012 | Posted in Books