I recently revealed that my novel, Artifact of the Dawn, does include a gay romantic subplot. I thought I'd explain how that came to be. When I originally conceived of the idea for Artifact of the Dawn, it sprang from a question that came to me - what if elves were actually aliens from another … Continue reading Where Did My Gay Romantic Subplot Come From?
Yesterday, on March 8, I participated in a Twitter event known as #PitMad, which is short for "Pitch Madness." The event allows authors with completed manuscripts to pitch them on Twitter for any agency or publisher that may be interested in publishing a new work in a specific genre. I followed the guidelines for #PitMad as … Continue reading My #PitMad Experience
I recently came up with a great analogy for my personal writing process. When I write my first draft, it's almost like I'm doing a line drawing. I'm building the foundation for my story. I write all the pertinent plot details, dialogue interactions, perhaps a few details here and there. When I'm done, I have … Continue reading An Analogy for My Writing Process
This article is an update to a previous one I wrote last year, where I debated hiring an editor. As my more recent posts alluded, I did finally decide to work with one. Every write I spoke to advised that I should. Some even stated that it was impossible for a writer to self-edit. I … Continue reading Working with a Professional Editor
I stepped away from my writing for a short while after I received the news of my editor's passing. It happened right before the two-year anniversary of my late husband's passing so I needed to take some time to myself. I'm now ready to move forward. My query letter has been revised extensively, and I … Continue reading Moving Forward