Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter

Be honest with me: How many of you thought I put the word “underwear” instead of “underwriter” in the title? I won’t blame you one bit! But the title is completely, utterly, unequivocally true. About two years ago my uncle, who’s a published children’s author, picked up on it when he read through one ofContinue reading “Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter”

Eight Things I’ve Already Researched by Jan 8th

The new year’s just begun but I didn’t take a break from researching at all. In fact, since removing one of my villains late last year, my work level increased ten fold as other characters rose to the challenge. With this change came the need for deeper character development, and the need for more research.Continue reading “Eight Things I’ve Already Researched by Jan 8th”

18 Links Any Writer Can Use

To be borderline cliche with this post’s opening statement, the Internet can be a vast, confusing place. With so many voices giving advice both good and bad, how do you even begin to choose what’s right for you? So, then, how can you trust anything I have to say? I didn’t mean to go allContinue reading “18 Links Any Writer Can Use”

Ring Around the Rosies

The Gilded Conspiracy | Part One On the twenty-third day of January in eighteen hundred and sixty-five, Grandfather Harrison disappeared. Adelaide Harrison’s grandmother did not dress in her widow’s weeds, and every silver object in the Harrison home vanished with him. Every piece of it, including the timepiece from the grandfather clock in their drawingContinue reading “Ring Around the Rosies”

Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)

Cliches. There are so many cliches that come to mind when you’re trying to figure out how to start a blog post about writing (in general). It falls under that “nothing new under the sun” mantra. It’s like comparing every scifi show or book you read to the “Big Three” of the genre – StarContinue reading “Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)”

#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen

When I began writing this post I was nearing the end of my first project. Key word: was. Then I tried writing the next book in the series and nothing was working; until I had a late night conversation with one of my beta readers (aren’t betas awesome?). What began life as a novella turnedContinue reading “#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen”

Research It | Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania. The land of bridges. If you read my last post about the different kinds of maps, then you’ll know about topographical maps. If not, then the briefest definition of topography is the “detailed description or representation on a map of the natural and artificial features of an area” and is used mostly in theContinue reading “Research It | Covered Bridges”

Research It | The Map

In my first post of this series I discussed the history of the pen. Exciting stuff, I know. Before there were computers, the pen in all its many forms was the only way to go. Well, there’s the pencil, but that’s a post for another day. Oooh…pencils…. Today’s post is going to be all aboutContinue reading “Research It | The Map”

Facing It | Publishing Scams

Scammers. They’re everywhere. They find something normal and work to exploit those who don’t pay attention to the fine print. Scammers especially exist in the publishing world and I’d like to share a few examples here without specifically calling anyone out. I get it. You want to get your story out there as quickly as possible.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Scams”

Research It | The Pen

September. Leaves are changing color, Fall fever is in the air, and students are returning to school. That means raking yards (yuck), pumpkin spiced everything a bit too early, and an influx of new school and office supplies to make every writer’s heart skip a beat. If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog youContinue reading “Research It | The Pen”