Category Archives: Writing

Writing the Heartbreaking

  Once you start telling people you’re an author, you occasionally run across those who will casually diminish that or the value of your stories. “Oh, if I had more time, I could be too.” “Yeah, but you write romance.” “Do you actually make money at it?” “Oh, I have a great idea for a story…something you should write.” For […]

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Demon or Muse?

  So, I’m coming off a three week intensive writing and revising cycle. The idea for a story came to me three weeks ago and it was insane–it was impossibly difficult. I thought, “No way can I make that work. No way can I write that. I’m not organized enough. I don’t map scenes. I need to forget it.” So, […]

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Re: Writing Romance is so Easy

  Every few days in the social media community it seems there’s another article somewhere about how writing romance is paint-by-numbers, has no character development, takes very little research, and can be accomplished in an afternoon by a bored, undersexed housewife who’s read a few bodice rippers and has a passing knowledge of the English language. Supposedly, we rely heavily […]

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What Really Matters

  If you follow me on social media sites, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. Some of you may know why. When I was twelve years old, my knee cap first slipped out of place. I had my first knee surgery at 14 to remove a piece of bone sliced off when my knee cap went out of […]

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Same and Different

  It was about to rain again when I pulled over beside her. I waited for my paranoia to set in at having someone else in my space, but it didn’t. I waited for this to feel wrong, but it didn’t. It was cold and it was about to rain. Some things made us equals. She opened the car door. […]

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Hitting the End of a Series

    With the final planned book on my Taming the Pack series out, it’s somewhat bittersweet to be in this moment where you walk out of the world and move on. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt this before when reading books. I’m going to share something with you that I’ve never told another living soul… (Okay, that’s a […]

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Creating a Shifter World

  I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. It’s what I do when I’m sick, stressed, can’t sleep, or just need an escape. So, I’ve been adding rapidly to my list of books read in 2015 as well as my list of flawed characters.  But, lately, I’ve been looking for a different sort of book: shifter books. I’ve aimed for […]

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Villains – Bad to the Bone…Sorta

  I love a good villain. There. I said it. And I hate bad villains. Oh, not villains that are very villainous–I mean I hate villains who miss the mark. Villains who, when you get to the end of a story, are easy to overcome. The villains who fail to be a foil to the hero. (A hero is only […]

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Getting Ideas

  “Where do you get your ideas? Easily the number one question authors are asked in my opinion. And also the most baffling to us. Why? Well, here’s a day in the life of an author:   For some inexplicable reason, I wanted cash to pay for my lunch today, so I stopped by an ATM. Locking my car, I […]

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Writing What You’d Rather Not Know

  When I started writing a novel about an allergic shifter, I knew I was in familiar territory. Not because I can change to a wolf at will—as far as I’ve noticed—but because the idea was born of aggravation with my allergies. I have a genetic blood condition called IgA deficiency which is relatively harmless in and of itself, other […]

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