There’s a character not mentioned as much when people review books. Even in my own reviews rarely do I give this character the accolades it deserves and that character’s name is Setting. Often, if the writer is doing their job, the setting will blur seamlessly into the story and at no time will I wonder where the characters are or how they got there.  In some cases, if it’s not present enough I’ll be thrown out of the story. In others, it will make me doubt the validity or reality of the story. Why is it important? The setting makes the difference in a great sceneRead More →

Part of the first week of this month I spent developing/fleshing out characters for the next two books I’m working on. Two at once… yes, I tell no lies. Both books have the bones of their stories plotted from beginning to end. I’ve created a basic outline of each character, but now comes the time I dive into them. It’s getting into their heads and often it requires more than just a basic physical description and backstory. In the good, ol’ beginner days, I’d simply list the GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict), Physical description (Age, height, hair style/color, eye color, clothing preference), Name, Occupation, and Backstory.Read More →

Highly recommended. Landra approved. Part of being a writer is identifying your writing process. This isn’t something you do with the first book, the second one, or hell, even book seventeen. It’s a process you are always honing and fine-tuning as you work on each new book.  I’ve found myself struggling this year as parts of my process weren’t working. I’d dialed in on the plotting piece, but the actual writing was lacking. Then, the second week of November I attended the Readers and Ritas, in Dallas, TX, and I went in expecting a typical reader’s event. Then came the announcement, think bright, flashing lights:Read More →