My Next Big Thing

Last week (two weeks ago?!), Carol Baldwin tagged me in a meme about current WIPs. It’s Saturday, with no work looming, so I thought I’d finally get around to playing! Thanks, Carol! What is the working title of your book? I have absolutely no working title. I would love to have a working title. OFFER […]

More Work on Understanding Scene Structure

This week, I’m hoping to get through some chapters of Save the Cat. I just barely started on the structure section, where he shows the basic outline he uses and starts explaining both sections. So far, the things he says are making little bells chime in my plot brain, which is good. I managed to […]

Giveaway Winner: A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT

Last night, I dragged my son out of his vacation-lollygagging mode for a moment and gave him the (folded-up) names of the commenters on last week’s interview post with Kathryn Fitzmaurice. Despite the fact that the drumroll he was waiting for didn’t happen, he did choose a lucky winner. ESTHER WANLISS… Please send me an […]

Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT: Interview & Giveaway

Several months ago, I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s newest novel, A Diamond in the Desert. You know those moments, when someone sends you a copy of their book, and you know you want to read it, but you’re thinking…what if? What if you don’t like it? What if it […]

“Historical” Voice: Are We Letting it Go?

I’m writing my historical YA in first person, present tense. I made a conscious choice to do this, way back when, because I am not fond of the dense, slow voice and pacing that canĀ  be one of the markers of historical fiction. I hoped present tense might let me get to more immediacy in […]

I’m on Page WHAT?!

I wrote a fun scene the other day. One of those BIG scenes–when things turn in a different direction for your hero. When your hero turns things in a different direction. It was rough. I knew I still had a long way to go to turn it into the scene it ultimately needs to be […]

Friday Five: Giveaway Winner & Other Random Stuff

1. And the winner of my Random Acts of Publicity contest is… Mike Jung! Which is more than fitting because Mike is the one who reminded me about the RAP, AND because Son pulled Mike’s name out of the hat bowl last night, which pretty much proves that the BOOV are out there & taking […]

Quiet Books: Can I hear a YES?!

Remember “edgy?” Okay, the word is still here. And I like it–I like edgy books. I admire the strength these authors put into their words, the sharp and almost painful voice with which their narrators tell their stories, and the power that pulls me in and keeps me turning the page, at times faster than […]