Running Wild — when characters misbehave

The other day I was chatting to my daughter about my Blade Hunt Chronicles series, and the conversation went something like this: Me: I have this headcanon about one of my characters. Daughter: You DO realize you’re the author? Daughter: And anything you decide about a character is actually canon? It made me laugh at... Continue Reading →

Writing Boys, Part 2

*contains mild spoilers for Heart Blade and Night Blade* There are a LOT of articles and blog posts floating around out there at the moment about how to write great female characters. This is clearly an important discussion: YA fiction has a lot of amazing ladies, but otherwise female representation in science fiction and fantasy... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Finn

Over the past week, I've introduced some of my characters from NIGHT BLADE, Book 2 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. Here's the last one! I hope you've enjoyed the lovely artwork by Corinna Marie. (Used with permission.) Also, check out the ones Corinna made for Book 1, HEART BLADE, here. FINN ELMSON Finn Elmson is a... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Lix

It’s character intro week! I’ll be introducing some of my characters from NIGHT BLADE, Book 2 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The lovely artwork is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. ANGELICA REIS Angelica Reis has been leading her small band of thieves since her early teens. The black sheep of the Reis witch... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Ben

It’s character intro week! I’ll be introducing some of my characters from NIGHT BLADE, Book 2 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The lovely artwork is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. BENJAMIN KELLEY Benjamin Kelley has been surviving on his own since he was thirteen, when his witch parents were executed for treason against... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Raze

It's character intro week! Over the next few days I'll be introducing some of my characters from NIGHT BLADE, Book 2 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The lovely artwork is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. ROSA PIETROWICZ Rosa Pietrowicz, known as Raze, is the seventeen-year-old orphaned daughter of a witch and a werewolf.... Continue Reading →

Taboo Or Not To Taboo

A guest post by Jo Zebedee, author of Abendau's Heir, Sunset Over Abendau, Abendau's Legacy, Inish Carraig, and the brand new dark fantasy release, Waters and the Wild. When I started my first book - which eventually became Abendau's Heir - I had nothing more in mind than writing something that had been floating around my... Continue Reading →

Villains We Hate To Love (Part 2)

Yeah, yeah. I know they’re the ‘bad guys’. I KNOW, all right? Sheesh, stop shouting. It’s just…why did they have to be so darn awesome? The fact is, some villains are too cool for school, and although we know we’re supposed to hate them, we end up loving them instead. I’m not talking about ‘grey’... Continue Reading →

Villains We Love To Hate (Part 1)

What makes The Ultimate Villain™? Now, I’m not necessarily talking about the Big Bad in a story; for instance, we all know the Emperor is the puppet master behind everything in Star Wars. (Gaaasp, spoiler alert!) But the Ultimate Villain in the original trilogy isn’t the Emperor, it’s Vader, with the all-black ensemble and the heavy masked... Continue Reading →

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