Quick and Dirty Tips for Writing a Kick Butt Author Bio

One the most stressful parts about starting out as a writer was writing my author biography.  Making up worlds and characters somehow seemed much simpler than having to talk about ME.  I’m not all that interesting, that’s why I make interesting people up!  As someone who runs a review blog, I know the importance of a great author bio.  Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way as both an author and blogger that I think help make for a kick butt author bio.

1.  Give yourself time. 

Seriously.  Don’t try to do this in a night.  Rough draft that thing and let it simmer. Continue reading

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The Whys and What Ifs of Adaptations

It’s no secret that I love fairy tales, both in their “original” form and adaptations. Whether it’s a modern adaptation that takes place in a big city like Los Angeles, or a more traditional retelling, I love reading – and writing – them all.  One of the main reasons is that it’s both fun and challenging to really delve into a story and ask two super important and magical questions: Why? and What if?

Why?

The great thing about so many of the earliest versions of these tales is that there is hardly ever a character motivation stated for anything.  Every now and again a villain hates a heroine because of their great beauty, but usually the reader is just left wondering why in the heck someone did what they did.  That is, if the reader takes the time to wonder…we accept most of these stories at face value because we’ve heard them so often. Continue reading

Against His Will by Nancy Kelley & a Giveaway

One of the best things about having friends that are authors is that sometimes you get to read their books before anyone else.  In the case of Nancy Kelley I get to read her new projects at multiple stages and because of this I have known for over a year what you are all about to find out.

Sebastian Montgomery is hot. Continue reading

Working for a Miracle – A Life Lived According to Herb Brooks

“I’m not looking for the best players, I’m looking for the right ones.” – Herb Brooks

Miracle

I have a not-so-secret love of sports movies.  The best ones combine real life sports stories with great acting and writing and become inspirational classics.  One of the absolute best examples of this is Miracle starring Kurt Russell.

Miracle is the true story of the 1980 USA Men’s Olympic Hockey team.  This was before the Olympics were made up of “dream teams,” and it was during a time when the Soviet machine trained athletes like they were soldiers. In fact, many on the Soviet hockey team actually were soldiers.  They’d been playing and training together for more than a decade.  They won nearly every game.  They didn’t just win.  They obliterated their opponents.  They were a shoe in for the gold medal every year, and the United States was getting beaten by the Czech B team.  The US Olympic committee wasn’t even looking to win a medal…and then Herb Brooks happened. Continue reading

Gearing Up for National Novel Writing Month

It’s almost the middle of October (I know, what?!) which means that soon November will be upon us and with it the insanity of writers the globe over attempting to write a 50 thousand word novel in a month.  It’s fun, crazy, and more than just a little stressful, but National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be a great way to kick start a new project.

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Attempting Elizabeth was actually a NaNoWriMo novel and though it went through lots of revisions after the month ended, there was a lot of great stuff written during November of 2011.  There’s really something to be said for writing as much as you can and checking your editing brain at the door.  I didn’t get to fully participate last year because I was finishing up AE and working on Atone at the same time so my writing schedule was off, but this year I’m already signed up and logged into the NaNoWriMo forms and my fingers are itching to get started. Continue reading

The Brave New World of Audiobooks (Plus a Giveaway)

Heir to the EmpireWhen I was a geeky teenager I was in love with Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Trilogy.  And by “in love” I mean unhealthily obsessed.  I really wanted my grandfather (FaFa) to be able to read them as he was one of the biggest influences on my reading life, but he had recently lost most of his eyesight.  So I set out to find the audiobook versions.  The good news was that they were narrated by the actor who played Wedge Antilles in the movies (Wedge was a character in these books as well).  The bad news was that they were abridged.  And by “abridged” I mean gutted.  Seriously, it was hardly the same story.  So what was totally geeky fourteen year old me to do?  Make my own audiobooks!  I took two tape recorders, my Star Wars soundtrack, and something like fifteen blank cassettes and read those darn things onto tape sound effects and all.  Sadly, I read AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT so I am not sure how much my poor FaFa got of the story, but I know he appreciated the effort and enthusiasm. Continue reading