On my last trip to New Mexico, I picked up some postcards to send out to readers. I couldn't let go of them without taking pictures, though! By now, everyone has received their postcard, so I thought I'd share the collection. When was the last time you received a postcard from a friend? I try to … [Read more...] about Postcards! New Mexico Edition
As little as possible. No, really! I tend to sketch out the basics when I'm planning a new series, but the rest grows more organically as I write. I love being able to make stuff up as I go and add it to my "world notes" for future reference/consistency. It's part of what keeps the world, and the … [Read more...] about How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?
I'm not currently planning any more Grant Wolves books. I had a six-book arc plotted, and it's finished. I love the world and characters I created, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of a spinoff series somewhere down the line, but for now I'm focused on Secondhand Magic. … [Read more...] about Will there be another Grant Wolves book?
Can a witch without magic defeat a legendary boogeyman? Find out in Hollow Witch, the much-anticipated second installment of my Secondhand Magic series! Choosing a quote for a promo graphic isn't easy. I mean, you want something that'll get reader attention and make them want to pick up the … [Read more...] about New Release – Hollow Witch
The end is nigh! What do you get when you cross a werewolf pack, an insular coven of witches, and a shocking murder that neither can ignore? Find out in Grave Rites, the epic conclusion to the Grant Wolves series. Get your copy today! … [Read more...] about New Release – Grave Rites
Plot, generally. But they go hand in hand. Obviously, if I'm writing a book in a series that's already established, I have a basic cast of characters to work with already. But when it comes to a new series or a short story that's independent of a series, I tend to start with a scenario or … [Read more...] about What comes first, the plot or characters?
Sort of. I don't usually write more than one thing at a time, because I don't want to run my well dry. But I'm often brainstorming & outlining other things while I'm writing or editing something else. That way, I can dive right into first drafting when I finish the current … [Read more...] about Do you work on more than one project at a time?
I've been in the mood for a crafting/farming game lately, but have had a hard time scratching that itch. I can't say that Graveyard Keeper does that, per se, but it has been a delightful adventure. In Graveyard Keeper, you play... a graveyard keeper. But it's not all landscaping and … [Read more...] about What I’m Playing: Graveyard Keeper
My family is quite supportive of my writing. My husband is one of my alpha readers, and his feedback has been invaluable over the years. My mother and grandmother both read my books once they're published (which I try not to think about while I'm writing them), and one of my aunts is a fan too. I'm … [Read more...] about What does your family think of your writing?
A couple of years ago, I took a trip to New Orleans with a few fellow authors, and while I was there I was introduced to the concept of mind mapping by one of my cohorts. What is a mind map? You've probably seen one before, you just didn't realize what it was. According to mindmapping.com, "A … [Read more...] about Mind Mapping
A veterinary ophthalmologist. I know. Specific, right? You see, my grandmother got a collie when I was a kid, and collies are prone to a variety of medical conditions, one of which is eye problems. It had never occurred to my adolescent mind that animals might have problems with their eyes the … [Read more...] about As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Season 5 of Netflix's Queer Eye recently dropped, and the timing couldn't have been better. I'll admit, I wasn't super interested in this series when it first came out. I'm not even sure what made me decide to give it a try, but it hooked me from the very first episode of season 1. I remember … [Read more...] about What I’m Watching: Queer Eye Season 5
Nope! They are completely different worlds. However... I wrote the first draft of Null Witch one year before Early Grave, and it was rattling around in my mind that Emily and Emma might be the same person while I was writing Early Grave. The worlds quickly diverged, both in my mind and on the … [Read more...] about Is Secondhand Magic set in the Grant Wolves world?
I love storms. I can't remember ever being afraid of them. My mother might be able to tell another tale, but she's not here. I am. So... I love storms. I've always loved storms. I took a meteorology class in college (during which I quietly fangirled about the professor being a local meteorologist … [Read more...] about Stormy Weather
I am not one of those write every day writers. When I'm working on a first draft, I write 5-6 days per week for 1-2 hours, more if I'm in a really good flow. I schedule writing sessions on my calendar, and I often employ a sprint strategy, breaking the allotted time down into smaller chunks, to … [Read more...] about How many hours a day do you write?
I don't play a lot of single-player games anymore. Sure, I cut my teeth on Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt as a kid. But the rise of Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games like Everquest and World of Warcraft got me more into the social aspect of gaming as an adult. I'll take a fun co-op game … [Read more...] about What I’m Playing: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
How didn't publishing my first book change my process of writing? Ha! Before I started publishing, I wrote on a very laissez-faire schedule. If I wanted to write, I did. If I didn't, I didn't. That meant not much writing outside of November (NaNoWriMo season), honestly. I started a weekly … [Read more...] about How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I saw an ad for this new Amazon Original shortly before it came out and made a mental note to watch it, then got completely absorbed in other things and forgot about it. Fortunately, I did remember it before too much time had gone by, because it was a delight! Here's a quick synopsis from … [Read more...] about What I’m Watching: Upload
I do not. But as worried as I get about offending people, maybe I should! I try to be respectful when writing about races, genders, and cultures beyond my personal experience, and do the best I can when it comes to research. I think I would probably consider a sensitivity reader or two if I wrote … [Read more...] about Do you use sensitivity readers?
Naming characters can be hard, even when they're one-off side characters. This is even more true when you're writing in a series, because every name you use... you can't use again. Or, at least, you shouldn't. Hell, even using the same first letter too often can create confusion for readers. Ask … [Read more...] about What’s in a name?
Don't quit writing. In fact, write more. Keep going until you finish the story; don't let it languish unfinished on your hard drive. Don't be afraid to let others read what you've written—no one improves in a vacuum. … [Read more...] about If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Ghost Magnet review copies available! I threw this up on Facebook earlier this week, but I figure I might as well toss it out here too. I've put a few review copies of Ghost Magnet up on Booksprout, and there are some still available! So, if your book budget is tight right now due to the … [Read more...] about Updates Galore
They're not all a piece of cake, that's for sure. But I think the one that stands out for me on an emotional level was a eulogy I had to write for Grant Wolves #4. (No spoilers here!) I'm blessed in that I have yet to experience the loss of someone incredibly close to me, so the scene was hard … [Read more...] about What was your hardest scene to write?
I spent far too much time last weekend trolling for something to watch. It turns out, my Netflix queue is pretty dark, and I wasn't in the mood for anything too grim. I ended up picking up The Magicians again, which is a show I have a bit of an on-again off-again relationship with. Whenever I come … [Read more...] about What I’m Watching: The Magicians
Counting works in progress for current series (as of April 2020)... four. One is the first novel I ever wrote, which may never see the light of day. It's about a man searching for his missing wife. The fact that she's a vampire and he's not just makes things all the more complicated. The other … [Read more...] about How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Okay, technically this is what I was watching until I accidentally caught up to where we're at in the current season. All I have to say about that is: I've come to loathe episodic time-gated television. Netflix has spoiled me. I like to binge entire seasons. As a result, I tend to fall behind on … [Read more...] about What I’m Watching: Outlander
On average, it takes me about 2 months for the first draft. With that said, every book is a little bit different, and some take more or less time than others. The Grant Wolves books often take a little more time because they trend longer, with most clocking in the 80-90k range, and because they … [Read more...] about How long does it take you to write a book?
I met someone once who felt they had to preface a lot of statements with "No offense, but..." At the time, I found it amusing because a lot of the things that followed that little disclaimer were fairly innocuous and unlikely to cause offense. But I remember thinking that throwing that out there … [Read more...] about No Offense, But…
Picked up a free 30-day Hulu subscription recently, and I've been using it to catch up on seasons 2 & 3 of The Handmaid's Tale. I was skeptical about the show continuing past the original book, but they've done a really good job. In case you haven't read the book or watched any of the series, … [Read more...] about What I’m Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale
I've released a couple of Grant Wolves related things outside the core series, so in case you like to read chronologically... this is what I'd recommend! Early Grave (GW #1)Lost Cause (GW Short — Newsletter Exclusive)Shallow Grave (GW #2)Grave Threat (GW #3)Ghost Magnet (A Dean Torres … [Read more...] about Grant Wolves Reading Order