Proud to say I completed the manuscript for The Odd Pizza Place, my first urban fantasy written for adult readers. This book seems to be blessed with good fortune, and I wouldn't be too surprised if it's available to readers within the year. Although the story takes place in the Despair 'verse, it stands alone … Continue reading The Odd Pizza Place
Pre-orders for Portals, book two of the Heather Despair series, can be placed at Smashwords! The book will be published March 31, 2018. //www.smashwidgets.com/1/widgets.js Heather Despair returns! Her mortal friends, Lily, Trenton, and Oskar, have until midnight to prepare themselves for Heather's spirit world reception. As Emmett's new mortal protégée, Heather will learn about the … Continue reading Pre-orders of Portals, book two in the Heather Despair series!!!
https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Despair-book-one-MORTALS-ebook/dp/B075JG1L1B Here's the story: The night Heather's brother Sam disappeared , he warned her of THINGS in the junkyard. Now she's dealing with an endless onslaught of weird paranormal phenomena. Apparitions. Trance writing. Blue electricity from her fingertips. It's so out of control, the geeky paranormal investigators club at school has noticed. They agree … Continue reading Heather Despair book one MORTALS is now available on Amazon!
Whoops--ever get the funny feeling you just slipped up and wrote an epic trilogy or two? Here's some of what I went through when writing the Despair series... 1) You will use many of the same words over and over again. You will fall into certain patterns. The up side is that it will be … Continue reading Things I Wish I Knew Before Writing a Fantasy Series–But I Just Did It Anyway
I like to break things down so I can do them more efficiently. So it seemed to me there must be a formula for short story writing, particularly really short stories. I've written enough other forms that I didn't see why this should elude me. I've also been writing in the Clarion West Write-a-thon: Haha. … Continue reading Short Story Formula
The greatest master move of all. There is something beyond for us to listen to. When we hear that, all other moves fall by the wayside. I was in a wave pool once, and noticed that if I floated at the deep end, I could hear the mechanism of the wave maker, grinding along, making … Continue reading The Greatest Master Move
Here I shall list my recipe for a leap of faith. Actually, I have designed an entire outline for how to write an epic-type book. I wrote it out the other day when I was trying to avoid writing a certain touchy scene wherein a favored character betrays his father. My books all follow what … Continue reading Recipe for a Leap of Faith
I've had an intention for awhile now to blog about the craft of writing. Above and beyond anything that happens with my fiction, craft is an area of massive geeky interest to me, something I never tire of discussing. Crescit eundo is the state motto of New Mexico, and it means roughly, "It grows as … Continue reading Master Moves
I just finished final spell checks and sent my book, Oskar Ottokar Chandler, Paranormal Extraordinaire, off to beta readers. Many problems remain, though few with the book. The cat still has fleas, despite four months of treatment. The winter has been one of the longest and coldest on record. The car broke down, my daughter … Continue reading Far from perfect
Still working on Oskar Ottokar Chandler, Paranormal Extraordinaire, but I'm all but finished. Meanwhile, in November I finished a supplemental novel to that one--yes, another nanowrimo novel--called Diary of a Mad Editor. That one is in Coney Idyll's voice, and what a fun voice it was. A very voicy voice--no rules! I learned that if … Continue reading “That rabble that calls itself my fans…”