Category Archive: Writing

Oct 28

Portrayal Does Not Equal Endorsement

This is a topic that’s been on my mind ever since I first began writing, really, and certainly ever since I was first published. With books out in the wild you get all sorts of people reading your work, and those people come from all walks of life, backgrounds, etc. Every reader brings their own …

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Jun 04

Readers (and book bloggers) are just the best

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So, Alice in No-Man’s-Land has been out for a week or two now.  It hasn’t jumped to the top of the NYT Bestseller list of course, but it’s getting a very good response so far.  More or less everything has gone about as I expected so far – the ‘having to coordinate everything yourself’ part, …

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Feb 04

FALLOUT has Launched!

FALLOUT, sequel to THE BURN ZONE, has officially launched!  I hope that you enjoy this installment of the Haan series, in which the status quo (such as it was) begins to get upended and the story grows in scope.  In THE BURN ZONE, Sam learned a lot about the Haan that she’d never suspected but …

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Apr 02

Girl Power

tapping out in 3...2...

I never set out to make most of my protagonists female, it just kind of turned out that way.  When you look at the Revivors series, you could say the ‘main’ protagonist (Nico Wachalowski) and the ‘main’ antagonist (Samuel Fawkes) are both male but the story is told from four viewpoints and Nico shares the …

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Mar 27

That Voice I Hear

psst...everyone smelled that

There are many voices I hear in my head when I’m writing – the voices of my characters, and my own inner voice that’s kind of driving the project, but there’s one little dark one that always lingers, and whispers even when the others are gone.  The voice tells me I’m no good.  It tells …

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Mar 24

This is How I Do It

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A lot of writers talk about how they write, and today I’m going to do the same.  Note, this isn’t about style, or dialogue, or any technical aspect of writing, but rather how one goes about conceptualizing, starting, and finishing a full length novel which is a challenge unto itself even once you’ve got all …

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Dec 31

Inspiration

Hiami - Static Decay

I have a love-hate relationship with Google Alerts.  For those not in the know, Google Alerts allow you to get an update anytime anything appears on the internet matching a given search criteria.  I thought they would be useful for tipping me to any buzz about my novels.  The reality is that about half the …

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Oct 07

The Burn Zone submitted

I have lived, eaten and slept inside The Burn Zone for a little over four months now, and today I submitted the final (and by ‘final’ I mean the final draft before 1st round edits, 2nd round edits, copyedits and page proofing) to my editor Jessica Wade.  As always, I do this with a mixture …

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Sep 13

For the Love of Vika Popik

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** SPOILER ALERT ** Vika Popik is a secondary character in Element Zero, third book in the Revivor series. If you don’t wish to know things about her in advance TURN BACK NOW ** END SPOILER ALERT ** I got yet more love for Vika Popik the other day, and this has really got me …

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Jul 15

Surrounded by Internet Lilies

Packed in like these guys

Writing The Burn Zone is turning out to be an interesting learning experience for me. In the revivors series the city it took place in felt overpopulated, and while The Burn Zone takes place in a different ‘world’ I’m expanding on that trend for this book largely because I think the world will actually be …

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