The War of Worldcraft (updated)

World-building is one of the most important factors of a good story. You’re dropping your reader into a place they’ve never been before, so it’s imperative they have a firm grasp of the world around them. Unique details make this place its own universe filled with distinct (and oftentimes inhuman) characters, a government with unusual politics, and unfamiliar social constructs. … Read More

Grounding: Coping with Anxiety

In my upcoming novel, FLUX, you get to meet my newest protagonist, Liv. Olivia Riley is awkward, artistic, and witty. While she has many traits that set her apart, she also has one that unites her with approximately 40 million Americans: Liv battles anxiety. Everyone has experienced anxiety at some point or another, but for a large portion of the … Read More

1920’s Lingo Part I: Are You Hip to the Jive?

The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? My current work in progress, FLUX, has an on the level character who lived through prohibition and loves to … Read More

My Musical Muse: Ep. 1

Music is, aside from the writing itself, the biggest part of my creative process. Every now and then I come across a song, artist or album that I just connect with. It’s one of those moments where you feel the lyrics and the rhythm in an emotional way, and it just fits. Or maybe I’m weird and don’t emotionally connect … Read More

…but that isn’t believable

YA. Young-adult. Teen reads. However you want to say it, it’s a genre that’s been up in the air for the past decade or so. By publishers’ standards, it’s generally accepted that the main character falls between the ages of 12-17. Since the dawn of novels like Twilight, readers’ ages have branched out in both directions. In fact, according to Publisher’s Weekly, over half … Read More