February 12, 2019

Chapter One There is a monster trapped inside me. Except when it slips free. (Except when I unleash it.) And then I am the monster, and it’s the boy who is trapped. Quade Asher fixed upon these few lines. Merely ink on paper, and yet so much more. Beyond his tent the military camp hummed…

May 7, 2018

What is Young Adult Fantasy? As I’ve mentioned here before, I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction lately. And I’ve been doing so primarily because I didn’t know the answer to that question. I mean, honestly, what is young adult fantasy? It’s the kind of question that sounds like it should have an…

February 19, 2018

No one passes through life unscathed. We are all wounded along the road, in countless large and small ways. Realistic characters have hidden wounds (or not-so hidden wounds) from the moment they appear on the page. Giving your characters a few painful memories does a lot of things for your story: it makes the characters seem…

February 12, 2018

Last week I was working on a difficult scene in which my protagonist is thrown into a new situation full of new characters. This is always challenging to execute, because I don’t want to overwhelm the reader with a slew of new names all at once. I have to decide which characters I will name…

February 5, 2018

I haven’t been posting much lately about my writing, mostly because I feel as though I’ve been keeping a dirty secret. You see, I’m not just writing book four of The Marked Series, I’ve also begun a new project. Actually, I’m currently bopping between three different WIPs: Resolution of the Marked, my prequel Bray Novella,…

January 29, 2018

About a year ago, I blogged about my pre-writing exercises (I recommend checking out that post for more details on my process. I’m going to be brief here). This step in my writing process was a big break-through for my productivity. It still is, however I’ve recently tweaked and improved my method, and so I thought…

January 1, 2018

2017 was a big year for me, book-wise. You see, it was about this time last year that I had a realization: I write Young Adult fiction. You’d think I would know this, but I didn’t. It only took years of reviews labeling my Marked Series as YA, as well as a Bookbub ad in…

October 31, 2017

As a writer, I’m ever searching for the word. You know the one—that perfectly specific verb, that spot-on, lyrical adjective, that evocative noun—that peculiar word (or phrase) that will infuse an entire sentence with magic. The word is often an elusive creature. Sasquatch-esque. And like the noble sasquatch, it’s out there—waiting. I often come to…

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