Giveaway! Win a Unique Book-Themed Kindle Cover

More prizes! Woohoo! Ready for Round #3 in our month-long series of giveaways leading up to the BIG prize on December 4th, to celebrate the release of my dieselpunk/historical novel Storming? But of course you are. Today, I’m excited to share a little bit of old-school-meets-technology coolness. If you’re like me, you’ve kinda turned traitor on […]

What Inspired Storming? 14 Things

You’d think as long as I’ve been at this writing thing, the twisty-turny process of inspiration would be old hat by now. But nope. I’m everlastingly fascinated by all the varied pieces that serendipitously combine to finally create a book. I’m often asked, “Where do you come up with your ideas?” Honestly, it’s awesome question. […]

Giveaway: Win the Original Artwork From Storming!

Ready to win what I think is maybe the most awesome prize I’ve ever given away? But then, I’m prejudiced! As you know, my next novel–the dieselpunk/historical mashup Storming–is coming out December 4th, and to celebrate I’m hosting a fun giveaway every week this month, leading up to the BIG prize drawing on release day. Storming is […]

Meet Storming’s Cast of Characters!

What writer doesn’t want to see her story up on the big screen? “Casting” characters has long been a guilty pleasure for authors. After all, only the hunkiest, most Oscar-winniest actors could possibly play our beloved characters! But pleasurable though it may be, casting actually isn’t so guilty after all. I get tons of benefits from […]

Giveaway! Win a Gorgeous Handmade Metal Bookmark

You know me: I never need very much of an excuse to do a giveaway! And I know you guys: you never need very much of an excuse to participate in a giveaway! So what’s the excuse this time? To celebrate the December 4th release of my historical/dieselpunk adventure novel Storming, I’m going to be running […]

The Big Secret I’ve Never Shared Online Before

Hah. I knew that headline would make you look twice. 😀 Now before I pay off with the punchline, let me explain. Around here, November means two things: 1. It means sayonara to even the last dribs of warm weather. 2. And it means my birthday (which I always say like Otis Campbell). These two things […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Deephaven by Sarah Orne Jewett I was debating reading this book (Jewett was on my list of classic authors to pursue), since I couldn’t quite make out from the descriptions if it was a novel. I went ahead with it, and I think we can safely say it’s a […]

10 Reasons to Write Fiction

Why do I write fiction? Lots of reasons, including the all-important fact that I like writing. But that came later. What came first was stories. My theory on what makes good fiction is made up of two parts. One: All the pieces have to be in place to satisfy and stimulate my intellect. Two: Once Step One is […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The Truelove by Patrick O’Brian My absolute, no-question, 100% favorite author? Patrick O’Brian. His nautical tales of the Napoleonic war, featuring odd couple Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin, are beyond brilliant. His historicity is perfect, and he has mastered the ability to write in the voice of the […]

Are You Moving Away From Failure or Toward Success?

I’m an onward-and-upwards kind of person. I appreciate challenges. They’re the salt of life, and nothing beats that feeling of setting a goal and blasting past it, leaving only rubble and conquered foes in your wake (okay, maybe not the rubble and foes part). Failure? Pfft. I eat failure for breakfast. But I’m beginning to think […]