Encore post first published March, 2019. Shelving a story is a scary concept. You’ve put your heart and soul into this writing. Hours have been
Writing is hard. The process of putting words on paper is far from easy. But it’s even worse when you try to put those words
As the year wraps up, there’s excitement in the air. A new crop of books is waiting to be read in the new year. With
Do you ever get a book idea in your head but don’t know where it’s going? Do you find that you have a saggy middle?
The summer is drawing to a close, beach days are limited, school buses are starting up, but with the start of fall comes the start
A friend once told me that if she didn’t have to write, if there weren’t stories building themselves in her head constantly, her life would
Have you ever opened up a fantasy novel and found yourself lost in the gorgeous map on the first pages? Have you found yourself falling
The annual spring conference for NESCBWI is coming this weekend! That means a weekend full of workshops and keynote speakers, of being critiqued by agents
This past week, the companion novel for Kristine Carlson Asselin’s ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, FALLING FOR WONDER BOY, released. For anyone who loves sporty
I write fantasy adventures, but I’m not adventurous when it comes to writing tools. I’ve always been a Microsoft Word person. And even with Word,
With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead to some of the most anticipated Young Adult novels of 2019. I’ve been fortunate
It’s the end of November, and with it goes another YA’LL Fest. This was my third YA’LL Fest, and each year I learn valuable information.
All writers have at least one thing in common: we love books. We all have those stories that have inspired us, the authors we
One aspect to world building which is crucial in any speculative fiction is deciding on the magic system of the world. This expands beyond the
One of my favorite world building tips comes from Victoria Schwab. In her “On Worldbuilding” video she says that as an author, we are only
Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. I love to escape our world for a moment and believe in the fantastical. However, my belief is