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Why I write spec fiction

In the last decade since I’ve been a student of writing and craft, I’ve read more books than I can count, starring all of my favorite YA characters, from faeries and vampires to awkward book nerds and victims of injustice. […]

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Why I write YA: 3 books that changed my life

When I tell people I write Young Adult literature, the typical response I get is: “Really? Why young adult?” The tone of that question is not one of piqued interest. Instead, it is typically more of a shocked, condescending sort […]

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Author Kat Shehata talks RUSSIAN TATTOOS

The following is an interview with NYT Bestselling Author Kat Shehata, detailing the release of her upcoming New Adult Suspense, RUSSIAN TATTOOS, slated for release by Limitless Publishing on Jan. 12, 2016. On a personal note, Kat is an awesome […]

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Creating the perfect villain: it’s all in the backstory

Nothing can make me read the day away quite like a classic tale of good versus evil, and for me (and most readers, I would argue), a well-crafted, three-dimensional villain is a must-have in order to keep the pages turning. […]

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Word for word: reigning in your writing

I love words. I love vivid images. I love the technicality of a beautifully constructed sentence. I love using similes and metaphors to create an imaginary world that lures in my readers. I’ve always admired the writing of F. Scott […]

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Rachel Ballon’s manual my go-to for character development

As a relatively new stay-at-home mom, there’s nothing I love more than having a few hours to myself, perusing Amazon for a great book, selecting¬†“Buy now with 1 click”, and settling in with a cup of coffee. ¬†However, there’s nothing […]

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Things a writer must re-learn after even a brief hiatus…

What a blur! That’s really the best way to describe the last few months of my life, the events of which have impacted my regular posts! I was in the middle of shopping my YA novel The Spirit Breather, working […]

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