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January 19, 2018

Wow it has been a long time since I've updated my blog! The holidays are draining, to say the least. In this first post of 2018, I wanted to give both authors and readers alike a glimpse into my creative process, and how I created The Far Land, the universe in which my...

December 15, 2017

Dialogue is the language of your novel. More specifically, it is the language of your characters. Dialogue is one of the most important elements in writing. What might be explained in four pages of prose, can be effectively explained in under one page of well-written d...

December 1, 2017

I swear this is both my favorite and least favorite part of writing a novel.

A problem I had been having for years was creating two dimensional characters that just didn't live up to the image in my head. They weren't fleshed out all the way, and it took me a long time...

November 22, 2017

One of the hardest things I've found about self-publishing is the amount of stress you have to deal with. You are literally doing it all by yourself! That can truly take a toll, never mind trying to work and go to school at the same time! (Help.) But, stress can come f...

November 15, 2017

Is your body ready to read these amazing Halloween poetry contest entries?

I know, I know, I'm a few days late on announcing the winner. However, there were only three entries into the contest, and unfortunately, they are all from people I know personally! It was a vali...

November 14, 2017

One of the most important writing elements for me when creating the Echoes of Ashes universe was having a unique system of magic, with its own set of rules and its own unique elements. I worked for a long time—doing research, reading books, and talking to friends of mi...