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. I’ve swooned over paranormal romances. I’ve bitten my nails as I devoured page after page […]

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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 Fitzgerald for his ability to take beautiful images and create a magical, glittering world that […]

How to deal with multiple story syndrome

A fair-haired beauty from the 18th century American frontier wakes me up at 4 a.m., her home burned, her father dead. I don’t know what happens next, but this girl–currently named Honor–demands that her story be told. She might be blonde, but she’s anything but your stereotypical airhead, and she will fight her way through […]

Happy New Year!

If the last five months of my life were a TV show, it would probably be some sort of embarrassing reality show in which a camera follows me around and captures all my less than graceful moments. I stumble, blurt out something painfully incorrect or humiliating, or realize I am wearing two different socks, and the […]