Previously, I discussed how to get ready to write. This time, I'm going to lay out what I do to get all the words down on the page without wasting any more time than is necessary. So many of you ask how I get so many books out in a year, and how I manage to get such impressive word counts. Well, I'm about to share the secret (hint: it's not that much of a secret).
But, I want to point out that how many words you can write in a day isn't something you can judge from person
One of the questions I get most often is "How do you write?" Ok, it's usually some variation, but in the end, that's what it comes down to. Things like when I send my manuscript to beta readers, how I build my worlds, and if I'm a plotter or a pantster. Over the last five years of doing this, with three now as a full-time author, I've tweaked things to work well for ME. I'm also still tweaking them, but let me tell you how it works.
As my readers know, I'm an insanely pr
So, as some of you may have noticed, there was a bit of a pause in blog posts. I know a few of you enjoyed these, so I figured I'd explain where they've been.
At some point last year, I decided that I hated my former webhost, because the site was horrible to update (took me all day to change one silly thing) and getting in to write a blog was a pain. So, we began researching where and how to move it. Easy, right?
Except that I got a wild hair and started writing more,
As you all know, I have been working on the 9th book in the Rise of the Iliri series. I had planned to get it out in April. Well, if you look at the calendar, you will see that’s not going to happen. It definitely wasn’t intentional! Two weeks ago, my father went in for a routine health test, and was immediately hospitalized. It seemed he needed a quadruple bypass. Multiple complete blockages, serious concerns about the risk of a “widowmaker” heart attack, and a very ter
So, I have a facebook fan group. Most authors do, but mine is a TON of fun. One of their favorite things to do in there is theory craft about where Rise of the Iliri is going next. And well, don’t judge, but I can’t help myself. I poke. I nudge. Sometimes, I even give them the real answer, but they tend to overlook it in the midst of all the insanity going on. Now, with the 9th book gearing up for production, it seems we’re all back at it. I’ve dropped some hints about
First, I’ll answer the question I get asked most. The final book in the Dark Orchid Trilogy will be released on March 16th. It’s almost done, and the 9th Rise of the Iliri book comes next. Then Demons Muse #3. This steamy little story is almost done. I’ve had most of it sitting on my hard drive for a very long time. When I realized that I needed to do some serious research to complete the next to last ROTI book, well, it made sense to give my readers something to occupy
Long ago, when I first started releasing books, I did it all wrong. I didn’t know, and there was no one to teach me, so I made it up as I went along. According to Google, I was advised to write the first book in a series, just in case the publisher didn’t want to contract the whole set, so I wouldn’t waste my time. So that’s what I did. Then, I found that traditional publishing isn’t for me. I wanted to get paid for my work (yeah, I know, crazy stuff). I wanted to have c
I remember the first time my husband called me an artist. I was sitting in Pizza Hut, of all places, with my best friend and her husband, discussing the song “Take me to Church.” And yes, I was discussing – they were looking at me as if I’d lost my mind. To them, a song was just a song. To me, it was a million pieces of effort that blended together to make something even bigger. At the time, I was working for an internet service provider during the day, trying to sneak in
Where I live, it’s winter. That means the sun sets early, the days are cold and wet (doesn’t really snow here, but it is the rainy season) and outside fun grinds to a halt. Luckily, I’m a night person, so this works out. No more fighting to get up early enough. No more struggling to maintain a decent schedule. At this time of year, it’s just me and my words. And, in 2018 I hired not just one assistant, but two. I have people to do the things that I hate. Wonderful, ama
The 8th book in the Rise of the series just released. The reception has been amazing, and I’m still stunned at how many people have fallen in love with those pale beasts as hard as I have. Currently, I’m on track to end the series in ten books. But, Rise of the Iliri isn’t my only project on the go. Currently, I’m enjoying the beaches of Vesdar, the forests of Tyrnigg, and trying to cope with the barrenness of Daemin. In other words, I’m writing the second book in the Dem
I don’t know if most people’s lives follow the seasons, or if it’s just mine. Winter tends to be productive, spring is for organizing, in summer all my planning goes out the window, and when autumn comes back around, I spend all my time trying to catch up and get ready for winter. And now that I’m an author, years seem to move a little faster! Some days, it feels like I’ve been running since dawn, only to find that by midnight I’ve still done basically nothing with my latest
Lately, I’ve seen people talking about cliffhangers when a book is complete. In reality, what they’re referring to is a subplot or device used to maintain interest in a series: a lead. Possibly even a hook. You see, just because you want to read the next book doesn’t mean the last one ended on a cliffhanger. Take my Rise of the Iliri series as an example. Each book ends with an epilogue that sets up the next book in the series, making it clear what’s coming next. In this
This is it! The final installment of the Wolf of Oberhame trilogy is now live! Come, see how the story of the Gladiator Queen ends. I know that many of my fans waited for far too long for this book, but I promised you this book, and so here it is. Writing it wasn’t nearly as easy as I’d hoped. The first rendition had 90% cut and restarted, but I think what came out of that is better than I could have expected. Then again, I might be biased. This low-fantasy saga of betr
Now that I’m waiting on the last stage of When We Were Crowned (yes, a release announcement is coming SOON!) I’m taking a mini-vacation. Mostly reading, a little plotting, and a lot of playing. So, in this time off, I’ve come to a realization. I will probably write something that will offend you. Yes, YOU, my favorestest of all readers. Although, I promise I’m not doing it to piss you off. You see, I write to examine the human condition. That means for every topic I show i
I will admit it, I took a week away from any serious writing. I dabbled, I mowed the lawn, and I mourned my sweet Tristan. And because I live on a farm, well, cats happen. Where one adorable lap-cat left me mourning, two fuzzy and precocious kittens have helped make it better. Then he got sick. Nothing bad, just not feeling perfect. Inside he came (which means he’ll never leave). Well, the little guy demanded to sit in my lap, fell asleep on my shoulder while I typed, a
It seems the curse has struck again. For some reason, Wolf of Oberhame 3 seems to hate me. Every time I sit down to work on this novel, things happen that make it hard to actually WRITE. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just Murphy’s Law jumping in with a whole lot of special effects. It started with my father having sudden shoulder surgery. Driving him to medical appointments didn’t do much for typing out words. Then a pet got sick and needed almost constant attentio
I didn’t know the artist who was bullied to the point of giving up. I still know her pain. Many of us do. I don’t blame her for what she did, and I will never judge her for trying to escape. I just wish I could be there for her – and I am if she ever needs it. The problem is that she doesn’t know me, and I don’t know her, but I’ve been in her shoes. That’s why I’d drop everything to just listen – because there are some things we can’t do on our own… like survive. I will
Sometimes, I’m wrong. When We Were Crowned is a perfect example of this. I’m SO far behind schedule on it (and I’m sorry!) but I’ve realized that this is my Cursed Book. While working on it, just about everything that can go wrong has. From my father having surgery, my dog destroying a box of dinnerware, a sick horse, and more. The first time I had to set it aside was because I spent 5 days in the hospital for a kidney stone. That was a year ago. I promise that none of i
When my hair started to turn grey, I embraced it. When the grey came in patches, I tried to convince myself it was cool. Then, I realized that I looked kinda like I had mange, and admitted it was time to fight this whole aging thing a bit. But, keep in mind, this is me. So, I decided that doing the normal thing and trying to match my natural hair color (which is mousey blonde/brown grossness) wouldn’t happen. I doubled down and dyed it a lovely dark brown color with some
Recently, I had a discussion with a friend that went something like this, “Well, then why didn’t she say anything sooner?” I’m sure you have all seen or heard something similar, right? But when we try to explain the fear that comes with speaking out, it’s dismissed as being stupid. Doesn’t matter if that’s speaking up about sexual harassment, rape, or just bad service. The reality is that most women get this, and a very small segment of men do not. It’s called privilege.