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?
Today's podcast episode features a roundup of guests and topics for the month as well as my thoughts on how to get past the neurotic need to make the first draft perfect. The transcript is below, for those who prefer to read their writing advice. Also, don't miss the October 1st exclusive agent and editor … Continue reading How To Bang Out That First Draft
Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be toured as a debut author for the release of Not A Drop to Drink. I had the amazing experience of being on the Fall Dark Days tour with some lovely ladies - Rae Carson, Madeleine Roux, Sherry Thomas and Michelle Gagnon. We had a great time... … Continue reading The Dangers of Debuting & How I Finally Stood on My Head
I know, you're probably looking at the title and thinking that there's no way Mindy is the author of this blog post. Mindy, who is so clearly acerbic and a downright instigator when it comes to the demise of the HEA. But, I think this makes me the perfect person to write in defense of … Continue reading In Defense of InstaLove
Authors never know what's going to lead to a novel. A dream. Something we see from the corner of our eye. A random question, or an overheard conversation in a coffee shop. Or... in the case of A Madness So Discreet, a story about someone's front lobe being punctured by a tamping iron. I'm fascinated … Continue reading How A Metal Rod Through the Brain Is Inspiring