My thanks to The Indelibles for hosting this blogfest. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good blogfest. And everyone likes a good kissing scene. The moment when the main character finally gets lip-to-lip with his or her objet de désir is the culmination of untold hours of longing, fantasy, and anticipated passion. But have you … Continue reading Shut Up & Kiss Me (INDIE-kissing Blogfest)
Recently, I found myself in a situation that I (a) never thought I'd find myself in, and (b) couldn't quite believe was happening because stuff like this only happens in books. In short, without all the gory details, I learned that I someone I had a close association with does not really exist; the person … Continue reading Honor Amongst People Who Make Up Crap for a Living
There's something that has always bothered me: "the rulebook" of do's and don'ts in writing fiction. Prologues, apparently, are out, as are dream sequences, passive voice, antiheroes, and adverbs. *shameless plug here for my unofficial Save the Adverbs campaign* Have a plausible plot, yes; I failed in the regard in the first draft of Office … Continue reading Burning the Rulebook
When I finish writing a book, that is. Well, not so much weeping anymore. I cried when I finished the first two novels (The Wyckham House - as yet unreleased - and Office Politics). I wrote Office Politics right on the heels of finishing The Wyckham House; I'd read that you should put your first … Continue reading There is Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth
I'm well known amongst my writing brethren for my resistance to writing sex scenes. In a writing world that seems to be increasingly graphic, with great attention to--ah--details, I'm still carefully couching intimacy in innuendo and fading to black. And I don't intend to change. I know that erotica is selling hand-over-fist, but here's the … Continue reading Smut–or Something Like It
I've been asked a lot since the release of my novella, Malakh, how I come up with my characters. It's kind of a funny question to me, because I don't so much come up with them as they come to me and say "This is my story and for some weird, indefinable, probably insanity-related reason, … Continue reading What A Character!