Writer on the Road: Whispers of Inspiration in West (by-God) Virginia

Aloha, y’all! I can say aloha because I’m back in Hawaii and y’all because I just returned from a trip to the mainland that included my childhood home of West by-God Virginia. For those same reasons, I can also say, Please pass the coffee. Again. I am beat! Too many time zones and too little sleep, plus a few days ago I managed a relapse of my previous respiratory plague. It was worth it to spend a little time with family I get to see so rarely, but I will keep it brief today since I’m still playing catch-up. In Read more…

Just When You Thought it was Gone… The Friday Five, the Ultimate Zombie Post

I wrapped up the rough draft of Sydney #7 today—woo hoo! Consequently, this seemed an appropriate week for the return of the Friday Five. If you don’t remember, these are grab bag posts with odd little snippets of research and writing and life in general that are interesting, but not individually worthy of a full post. (For this installment, everything comes from the past week, so I didn’t have to dig very deep to resurrect it.) We’ll start with research for the latest book. 1) It doesn’t just look cool… I was checking something about Spanish moss when I came Read more…

Giveaway Winner(ish), and Traveling with Sydney

We have a Dead Hollow Audiobook Series Winner! Sort of. But not quite officially… As of writing this post, I’m still waiting for an email reply confirmation from the lucky reader who won the entire series on audiobook. That means if you entered, check your email! If I don’t get a response by Monday, I’ll choose another random winner. Which bring us back to, check your email. And if you missed the Giveaway, you can find out more about the supernatural thriller audiobook series here. UPDATE: Congratulations to our Winner, Grace H. of Tennessee! That pseudo-resolved, I’ll keep this post Read more…

The Solution for Troublesome Timelines? Driving Epiphanies, and Cheap Therapy

Last blog post, I confessed that I have no future in professional landscaping. Well, I have a confession of a different sort today. I know — all writers with blogs know — that our readers don’t care how we write. Much like a gemstone or a perfect meal, you/we (because writers are also readers) don’t want to hear about the millions of years of pressure, the raw ingredients (especially if they’re eggs), or the hours of staring at the screen. We just want the dazzling results on our finger, our plate, or our #TBR (To Be Read list). And yet, Read more…

Affirmation from an Unlikely Source: Meeting my Character in Las Vegas

I know, I know. No blog post last week. Let the beatings begin. But I had a good excuse, I swear. I was off island in a hotel with truly horrendous Wi-Fi in… Wait for it… LAS VEGAS, BABY! Sin City! City of Lost Wages! Glitter Gulch! (I think that last one is just downtown, but I love the alliteration.) You get the idea. Okay, admittedly the crappy Wi-Fi didn’t matter so far as writing a blog post goes because I never had a free moment. In fact, I never got more than four hours of sleep in a night and usually Read more…