It’s no secret that I like writing the first draft better than edits. Here’s how I feel about editing SCRATCH THAT so far: It seems like there’s no end in sight. Pray for me.
Hello my lovelies! I’ve been holed up in my writing/revision cave for a long time now, and I’ve just recently come up for air. That’s right–I’ve finished Cupid Incorporated! This book has been a long time in the making, so I’m pretty proud of it.It’s a contemporary adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where instead of fairies, there’s a teenage Cupid, and instead of people going crazy in a forest, they’re running around in a high school. Oh, and there’s… Keep Reading
I started writing a new novel. It was a retelling of the Princess and the Pea story, where the pea was so tainted with dark magic it burned a hole through a dozen mattresses and the princess had to figure out who was trying to start a war. It was a fun idea, and I was excited to start. The beginning was going well – I started with a lot of energy, but then this happened: HALT! The story quickly… Keep Reading
I’ve been editing my MS Once Upon a Dungeon, and I thought it was fun to compare my hero (Prince Alec) to some of my favorite heroes from other upper MG/lower YA titles. I wanted to see how he stacked up in the romance department. Was he swoon-worthy? What made these other heroes so appealing? Image Source Let’s check out the love interests, shall we? (Ha ha, get it? Check out? I kill myself). *Clicking on the book cover will… Keep Reading
I don’t often participate in blogfests… But I’ve had a lot of people ask about my WIP (Work in Progress for those of you who don’t keep up with the latest publishing terminology, hi Mom!), so I figured this blogfest would be a good chance for me to talk about what I’m working on and where I’m at with the whole “getting published” thing. I guess I’m supposed to answer some questions now, so, yeah. WIP Title: Dungeon Duty –… Keep Reading
The only benefit of being socially awkward all my life is that I never run short of creative inspiration for my writing. A while ago, I wrote a short cupid-as-a-teenager piece for the final round of DL’s WRiTE CLUB (I used the pen name Casey Brooks). I’m getting closer and closer to finishing my current princess-kicking-some-trash book, so that’s the next project in my queue. I can never focus on only one thing at a time, so of course I’ve already… Keep Reading
People asked me why writing YA was so hard for me, and why I breathed a sigh of relief when I started writing children’s books. Well, here’s one of the reasons: Deus ex machine. I would get my characters into problems, and then magically, something would happen that would get them out of it. I never made the characters work at it, which is perhaps why they always seemed just as surprised as I was when the bad guy stubbed… Keep Reading
My critique partner, Kelly, is hosting a First Page Blogfest! (Wow, that crept up on me, and now I’m feeling very vulnerable and nervous. Please excuse the whimpering sounds coming from the background.) Without further ado, here is the first page of my current work in progress. *Cue drum roll* It was while Jared sat by the water’s edge, musing over the state of his pathetic summer, that she waltzed in and changed everything. The scattered pine needles on the… Keep Reading