Category Archives: Writing

Cover reveal for The Fire Seer: coming later this summer!

Before Assassin’s Gambit finaled in the Golden Heart and was picked up by Penguin, I wrote a book called Flood and Fire. This was a fantasy/romance/mystery hybrid set around 2600 BCE in a fantasy re-imagination of the Indus Valley Civilization, … Continue reading

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Exploring the idea of a strong heroine in Spy’s Honor

Note: I originally posted this on the Epic Fantasy Romance blog. I’m reposting here so that those of you who don’t read that blog can see it. What do you imagine when you think of a strong heroine in fiction? … Continue reading

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Writing technique: let it percolate

I recently had the experience of writing a 26,000 word novella in one month. That’s fast for me because it normally takes me six months to write a 100,000 word novel. A novella is one quarter the length, so it … Continue reading

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Writing technique: the Rule of Three

The Rule of Three is one of the oldest writing techniques–it turns up in old stories over and over again. The Rule of Three states that events should happen in groups of three. These events should follow this pattern: establish … Continue reading

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Time management for writers — a follow-up post

Last week I blogged about Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ technique of setting a timer for three hours at the beginning of her writing day and letting it run only when she is actively writing, not doing research or email or Facebook. … Continue reading

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Time management for writers

First a quick administrative update: I turned in the manuscript for Prince’s Fire last week! That is book three in my series. I’m talking with my agent and editor about what to work on next. It will either be a … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the SFWA

Many of you may be aware of the recent kerfuffle in the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) re: gender issues. If you’re not familiar, here’s an article that will give you the gist: Old Men Yelling at … Continue reading

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The last ten percent

One of my sons is a fairly serious piano player. Not serious as in “going to be a concert pianist someday” but as in “takes lessons from a high level instructor, practices daily, and doesn’t suck.” From observing his experience, … Continue reading

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History for the fantasy buff: werewolves and vampires

There are some interesting ideas about monsters in history in Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters, by Matt Kaplan. Monsters from the ancient and medieval eras were primarily large pedators. Think the Nemean Lion or the Calydonian … Continue reading

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History for the fantasy buff: fossils and storytelling

Say you lived in ancient times and you walked to the top of a mountain. There, you were astonished to find fossils of seashells and various marine creatures. What explanation would you come up so that your find made sense? … Continue reading

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