Did you have an imaginary friend when you were little? Have you ever felt like you didn't quite fit in? If so, The Girl Who Could See is the perfect book for you. This was one of the first indie (independent author) books I read, and I'm so glad it was part of my introduction to … Continue reading Book Rec: The Girl Who Could See
Grammar. Ugh. Gross. That's the attitude I used to have, and the attitude most people of my acquaintance still have, toward grammar. I grew up prejudiced against this subject, indoctrinated to view it as a convoluted conglomeration of stupid rules and pointless terms meant to box me in. Like any good American, the refrain of my writer's heart was, "Don't fence me in." I never learned grammar in school, a truth which I blame on my attitude more than on my teachers. I did just enough to get by, but as soon as the test was over I wiped it from my head. "I don't need to know the terms," I used to protest. "I have a strong practical understanding of grammar because of how much I read and write, and that's more important." Yeah, I was wrong.
Hannah Heath is punny, sarcastic, nerdy, kind, and the author of incredible short fantasy stories. I've been blessed to get to know her through social media and Phoenix Fiction, and she's also one of the few authors whom I've had the pleasure to meet in person. Hannah amazing and has a beautiful short story, "Flames of … Continue reading Author Interview: Hannah Heath
This past year, I joined together with a group of incredible authors to form the Phoenix Fiction Writers (PFW). We are a marketing collective of indie authors of science fiction and fantasy stories with similar themes and goals. I'm always excited about PFW, because these were (and are) among my favorite indie authors, and now … Continue reading Phoenix Fiction Writers Sampler Bundle
As you can see from the bar to your right, Child of the Kaites will be published in five--I repeat, FIVE--days!! Starting Saturday (two days ago) and continuing on past release day, I have a lot of fun treats for you. All of these treats have been made possible by the indie author community. I don't … Continue reading CotK Interviews, Giveaways, and More!
I started writing my fantasy series, now called The Firstborn's Legacy, around 2008/2009. When I first started, I expected it to be a standalone book. By the end of the first draft, I realized it would be a whole lot longer than that, with the first draft falling somewhere in the middle of the series. Over … Continue reading Child of the Kaites Cover Reveal!
This month, I planned to feature one of the books I've loved for a long time. Instead, I decided to tell you about the book I just finished reading: The Electrical Menagerie, by Mollie E. Reader. Why the change of plans? Because this book is simply magical. The Electrical Menagerie is perplexingly difficult to describe. It … Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Electrical Menagerie
Happy Monday! As a teacher and writer, I'm thrilled for it to be summer. I'm still teaching part-time, but fewer hours means I'm fully in get-Child-of-the-Kaites-ready-for-release mode. I always feel the need to qualify statements about the future, as I have no idea what the next minute even holds, but as of now Child of the … Continue reading The Lake of Living Water
I've been puzzling over what to do with this blog since I finished sharing the early draft of Child of the Kaites with you. I finally have decided. At least for now, my goal is to bring you one of my original writings (short story or poem) per month and also share with you about one … Continue reading E.B. Dawson Cover Reveal
As mentioned previously, April was a busy month for me. Part of that included a trip to Japan. This trip was my: second time out of the country second time off the continent first time flying alone first time to Asia first time in a place where I couldn't communicate well with others It was … Continue reading Travels in Japan