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 →

Wrangling the Sticky Bits

In the words of Max Gladstone, and of a dozen others in my private Inspiration folder on Pinterest, "First drafts suck." I know that. You probably know that, too. Most people who have finished a novel and gone back to revise know it — or should, anyway. But just because I know my first drafts... Continue Reading →

Retreat, Regroup, Resume

I sit here in my cozy kitchen looking through my manuscript notes as yet another nor'easter blasts my town with snow, and I'm content. Not only content, but downright happy. I don't even care that it's snowing AGAIN. I'm happy because the new story I'm working on has finally had its niggles worked out and... Continue Reading →

Boskone 55 Schedule

I'm really excited to have been invited to Boskone 55 as a program participant. This will be my fourth year at "New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention", and my second taking part in panels. Boskone runs from February 16th to 18th in Boston, MA, so if you're in the area, stop by.... Continue Reading →

Easy as Pie

As I’m sure happens with all authors, I often get asked questions about my writing process. How long did it take you to write your book? How much editing work do you do? Who helps you revise? I thought I’d put together a rough recipe of how Heart Blade and Night Blade (Out soon in... Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Updates

Summer is here, bringing all the joys and challenges of kids on school vacation. It’s a lot harder to get writing-related things done when my not-so-little ones are around, but by mixing up the carrots (“we can go to the beach tomorrow if you let me work today”) and the sticks (“HALP! Leave me alone... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Alex

Thank you for following my character intro week! Over the past few days I’ve introduced some of my characters from Heart Blade, Book 1 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The gorgeous art work is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. Alexander of York Alexander of York, also known as Brother Alexander, is a monk and former knight of the Crusades. Yes, Alex... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Camille

It’s character intro week! Over the next few days I’ll be introducing some of my characters from Heart Blade, Book 1 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The gorgeous art work is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. Camille Darkwing Camille Darkwing is a French Canadian half-demon. Gifted a full demon's blood in 1932, the petite immortal teen is often... Continue Reading →

Character Intro: Meet Ash

It’s character intro week! Over the next few days I’ll be introducing some of my characters from Heart Blade, Book 1 of the Blade Hunt Chronicles. The gorgeous art work is by Corinna Marie and used with permission. James Asher Deacon James Asher Deacon, or Ash as he's known to his family and friends, is a seventeen-year-old sentinel, a descendant... Continue Reading →

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