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 →

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 →