July 26, 2017

Music is a big part of my creative process. There’s a lot of power in playing just the right song, at just the right moment. The fight scene in the second chapter of Elevation, for example, would simply not exist as it does without Woodkid. I was stumped, and then those drums woke me up….

March 5, 2014

*** This character interview is intended for those who have already read Division of the Marked. There are spoilers! If you haven’t read the book yet or are not finished, do yourself a favor and don’t read on!! ****     Y: Yarrow drums his fingers on the table and endeavors to look at his…

November 15, 2013

Strong, well-developed characters are the key to great fiction. But how does one create them? If you google character building you’ll find a lot of great tips—questionnaires to fill out, interviews, etc. Prompts to help you determine a character’s background, disposition, and goals. All of this is good—you should do it. But usually this is…

August 16, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about subtlety in writing, both in characterization and on the small-scale prose level, and why it is so affecting. My husband and I have made a project of watching all of the AFI top 100 movies. A few nights ago we watched The Searchers.  I’d seen it once before,…

July 31, 2013

Our characters are ever facing decisions. It is the choices they make that map the course of our novels. (Books that fail to create character driven stories generally feel like a long string of “and then this happened”s. Not ideal.) Sometimes the correct choice is clear cut—one option is bad, the other good. These scenarios…



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