2017 and I have had a hate/hate relationship.  The year started off on the wrong foot, and I think more than one person felt the air was rife with discontent. From political turmoil in our lovely United States, to the neverending litany of bad news, I found myself struggling. Then came all the personal challenges. I won’t bore anyone with the sob story, but let’s just say I found myself challenged like nothing else. As the days dwindle toward the end of 2017, I won’t be the first in saying I can’t wait to kiss this year goodbye. via GIPHY Now that I’ve got theRead More →

A public service announcement from Catherine Peace Ever read a book and wonder how the author created such an incredible, engrossing world? Do you want to BE that author? Writing is a lot more than just Characters + Dialogue + Action = End. For genre writers especially, worldbuilding is a critical skill that will help you create a world that jumps off the page and into your reader’s mind. How do you get there? Where do you start? Worldbuilding is one of the most intimidating aspects of the writing process, but it doesn’t have to be. In Why Worldbuilding (is the Secret Ingredient): The CompleteRead 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 →