I'm throwing back today, reposting from Dec. 8 of 2014... and the novel I'm talking about is The Female of the Species. The complete re-haul that I ended up doing resulted in this becoming my bestselling title, seeing publication 15 years after I had initially written it. I'm sharing this now because it's a story … Continue reading Mining The #BadFirstNovel & Acknowledging My Failure
Happy Holidays and welcome to a guest post from a longtime follower, Sarah Rowlands! Sarah has a master’s degree in English education with a concentration in writing and musical theatre. Sarah is a literary intern for a prominent NYC literary agency reading YA, MG, and adult manuscripts, and she also edits YA manuscripts for fellow … Continue reading One Author’s Journey From Aspiring Author to Agented Author
I love being a media consumer. And man, do I consume. This year I've read 72 books (so far). I binge watch Netflix, borrow DVD's from the library, and download really long audiobooks when I know I'm going to be traveling. And while I fully believe that reading, watching, and listening is only one step … Continue reading All The Stories Have Been Told
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel … Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write
A MONSTER’S SEARCH FOR HUMANITY A WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR A WORLD WORTH LIVING IN A HOPE THAT REFUSES TO DIE The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something “poetic” (Library Journal) “highly original” (Seattle Times) and “ultimately … Continue reading Warm Bodies Author Isaac Marion On the Perception of Success
One of the things I always tell aspiring writers is to remember not to make their villains unsympathetic. As tough as it is to swallow, everyone has a reason for being the way they are. Even the most reprehensible character (and people in real life) have traveled a path to become who they are. Note … Continue reading You Are the Villain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMKPzWK0SFs&lc=z22yvxzpwquzylbtaacdp43230ez1mdm4w4tptzdbmlw03c010c Welcome to November. It’s National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, NaNo for short well… shorter. If you aren’t familiar with NaNo, it’s a writing challenge that takes place over the entire month, the idea being that if you write 1,667 words each day, you’ll have 50,000 by the end of November. Whether that’s … Continue reading Do You #Nano?
On today's episode of the podcast I address a question from a listener about tackling the difficulties of writing in your non-native language. Listen in, or if you prefer, read below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-zxEc697zs I received an email from a listener who is struggling to move forward with her work in progress. Part of the reason for … Continue reading Writing In English When It’s Not Your Native Language
I'm all over Ohio for Teen Read Week, and will be popping by Indiana as well. Check out my events below! October 8th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Poland Branch October 8th 6:30 PM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Canfield Branch October 9th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & … Continue reading Celebrate Teen Read Week By Meeting Me!
Last week marked the five year anniversary of my debut, Not A Drop to Drink being published. Since my post-apocalyptic debut I've written historical, mystery, contemporary, thriller, and fantasy. With seven books published, and an eighth coming in March, I've researched some odd things. One of the difficulties facing me when I started writing Not … Continue reading An Anniversary, The Pros & Cons of Drinking Your Own Pee, Plus How Serious Are You About That Research?