I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately thanks to my brilliant writer friend Amélie Zhao. I recently read her debut novel BLOOD HEIR and I absolutely devoured it. Amélie’s prose is gorgeous, her world is stunningly detailed, and her characters are so fleshed out they practically leap off of the page. I was reading … Continue reading Villains, and Why I Love Them
One of my favorite things a book/movie/TV show/etc can do is give me a compelling antagonist that’s forced to go on a redemption arc. There’s something about watching the bad guy realize what he’s fighting for is wrong that makes me clap my hands together in delight. I am sucker for these. But how, and … Continue reading Why I Love Redemption Arcs: AKA, why I stan Zuko forever
My critique partners will be the first to tell you that at times I can be…long-winded. I am a person that overwrites my books, and I write really fast, which makes this bad habit even easier. 4,000 words in a writing session is about standard for me, and if I write every day, I can do … Continue reading How To Kill Your Darlings
This post is a bit delayed, but I'm thrilled to share that this month my first pro-sale goes live! My piece "Mother's Rules for a Burned Girl" is up over at Flash Fiction Online, a magazine I've always adored. It's so special that my first pro-sale debuts in this magazine because FFO has always been one … Continue reading New Story Available! (My first pro-sale!!)
Okay, I know it's already 2018, don't @ me. 2017 brought a lot of change to the way I write and the way I look at writing. That means it's time for some reflection. This year I wrote over twenty short stories and I'm up to around seventy submissions (yikes!). 2017 was also the first … Continue reading Book clubs, story sales, and revisions, oh my! A 2017 wrap-up.