Ask the Author Hiatus…

Yes, I realize I’ve slacked off on my Wednesday posts, but I had a deadline and today I sent the manuscript for my Thunderstone Prequel to my publisher!…

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What’s the hardest part about writing a book? – Ask the Author Wednesday

Had a great time at my author event last week! Since I had a Q & A session, thought I’d feature some of those questions here. I think the hardest part of writing a book is finishing it. And I don’t mean ending it – a writer should pretty much know how their story ends…

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What’s it like to do an author signing event? Ask the Author Wednesday

Appropriate question for today since I’m doing a signing event later… It’s great to meet avid readers and I always enjoy talking about books, so I love that aspect of a meet-and-greet. As I sign books it gives me a chance to talk to people one on one – that’s the easy part. What’s hard…

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Have you always wanted to be an author? Ask the Author Wednesday

I know it would sound more “dream come true” to say yes, but the answer is no. I’ve just always loved to read.  Out of that love though, came a great admiration and appreciation for authors.  So when I had a second chance to decide what I wanted to be, the older and wiser version…

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So what are you reading right now? Ask the Author Wednesday

I am almost finished with the first book of the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. Before this book, I read the last Morganville Vampires novel – a fifteen book series by Rachel Caine which I enjoyed immensely. I needed a new series that wouldn’t pale by comparison. After witnessing my sister…

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Do you have a favorite book? Ask the Author Wednesday

Such a tough question! Inevitably the first novels that come to mind are those I’ve read in the past year or so that I really liked. But I don’t think I can pick something so recent – I may still be in the ‘infatuated’ phase. No, a favorite book must stand the test of time…

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Thunderstone Prequel? Ask the Author Wednesday

If you’ve heard rumors that there will be a Thunderstone Prequel, they are true! I’m currently at about the halfway point in the story. The best part – it’s going to be a free eBook! The intention is to give current Thunderstone fans the ‘story before the story’ as well as entice new readers to discover Thunderstone. The target…

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Advice for aspiring writers. Ask the Author Wednesday

I was asked this question at my Blue Frog Books signing event Saturday and thought I’d answer it here for those of you who couldn’t be there. I’m passing on advice that I received and put into practice. If you want to be a writer, write; everyday or as often as possible. Think of yourself…

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Do you base your characters on real people? Ask the Author Wednesday

Yes and no. Almost all of the characters in Thunderstone are loosely based on real people since I actually took that trip to the Mississippi headwaters with a bunch of family. Ice and Nik are completely fictional unfortunately – it would’ve been cool to meet a medicine man and his apprentice! In the other novels I’ve…

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How do you come up with story ideas? Ask the Author Wednesday

Story ideas are everywhere, if you think in that context. I draw ideas from music, books, TV, social media, conversation, etc… When something sparks my interest, I start asking questions: If a plane disappeared, what might have happened to it? What is a black mirror and what would its purpose be? Some boys in class couldn’t…

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