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
Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres--science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers. This book brings … Continue reading Book Talk & Giveaway: Putting the Science in Fiction
Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you … Continue reading Karol Ruth Silverstein on Drawing From Personal Experiences for Fiction
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 guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Anne O'Brien Carelli, who developed the Welcome to Our Schools program for the New York State Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance. Her book Skylark and Wallcreeper follows the story of Lily, who is helping her grandmother Collette evacuate to a makeshift shelter in Brooklyn during … Continue reading Anne O’Brien Carelli On Allowing Time to Pass Before Editing
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
Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you … Continue reading Tara Gilboy On Knowing What Your Characters Want… And Why
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