The Books that Built Me

Well, the first draft of Boundary Lines is off to the beta-readers, and my three-month writing confinement is over. Like the groundhog, I have at last emerged from my winter den and taken a few blinking steps into the sunshine. (Hello, sunshine!) Because of my re-entry into the world, and the upcoming release of Boundary Crossed, my internet presence will be increasing in the next few weeks – which is why this blog includes a chance to win a prize! You know those viral things that go around Facebook, where you get tagged and have to answer questions, and then tag … Continue reading

Boulder Research Trip: Part 1 of 2

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (and really, why wouldn’t you?) you may have noticed that in early January I went on a research trip to Boulder, Colorado. That might have seemed kind of random at the time, but there were good reasons. After I finished Hunter’s Trail, the third book in the first Scarlett Bernard trilogy (got that?), my publisher was interested in another Old World book, but wanted to explore a new protagonist.There was a character I’d been thinking about for a while, Lex, but I had one major problem: I didn’t know where to set the book. … Continue reading

Mini-Blog 3: Why Jurassic World Terrifies Me

Note: Recently I’ve been participating in Facebook release parties, where in celebration of a new publication, an author hosts a bunch of other writers to show up and expound on a topic. I decided to edit, expand, and repost them here, in case you missed the party (which is your loss, by the way. We give away mad prizes at these things).    Guys, the Jurassic World trailer terrifies me. Not in the good way. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here, and then read the rest of this post. You’re back? Okay, good. Let’s talk problems. First, is it just … Continue reading

Seven Questions With Rob Blackwell

If you follow this blog you know that every now and then I kidnap and torture a writer until they cough up answers to my cruel and demanding questions. Okay, it doesn’t usually play out quite like that, but I am honored and excited to host guest bloggers who are gracious enough to answer my (often bizarre) questions. Today’s guest is D.C.-based urban fantasy writer Rob Blackwell, who I actually met on Twitter. We were friends for ages before I got around to actually reading his books, which was very stupid on my part. Now I’m loving his series, but … Continue reading

Advice for New Writers

Every now and then, I am asked if I have advice for new writers. Usually, I laugh for a good long while afterwards, but then if it turns out the person was actually serious, I realize I have to come up with something. I don’t blame people for asking, of course, especially because being a working writer is not at all what I thought it’d be. Before I decided to really pursue writing as my career, I assumed that one of the big bonuses to being a author was that you get to be your own boss. Nobody tells you what … Continue reading

Building Twitter Followers For Dummies

Sometimes people ask me why I bother with social media. I can’t really blame them – after all, it takes a lot of time away from actual writing. But I always just explain that there are two reasons: for one thing, it’s nice to have social interactions. If you spend all your time either writing or taking care of small children, like I do, you get hungry for any conversation that doesn’t start with a plea for more My Little Pony. The second reason, however, is this: The Powers That Be in the publishing industry –my industry—pay attention to social … Continue reading

My Fall TV Wish List

This semester is probably the busiest three and half months of my entire life.  I’m teaching two college classes, promoting Hunter’s Trail, editing my spring release Boundary Crossed, speed-writing a novella, attending two conventions, shepherding a nervous five-year-old through kindergarten, and attempting to civilize a two-year-old who has recently discovered the joys of smacking things. Normally I’d be leaning pretty heavy on my Support Husband right about now – but he’s teaching two classes too, and holding down a full-time job. So, yeah. We’re busy. And yet…much as I’d like to pull the plug on the TV so it doesn’t … Continue reading

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

As you may have seen on my Facebook page, I believe in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The idea, as I understand it, is simple: your friends challenge you, and you have a choice: donate $10 to the ALS Association and also dump a bucket of ice water over your head, or donate $100 and get to keep your current hairdo. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation, and more or less putting the “fun” back in “fundraiser.” I like that. However, in the last few days I’ve been seeing a lot of backlash over the whole thing. I … Continue reading

Here are many blogs for you!

Check it out, guys: eight blogs for the price of one! Back in July I did a big blog tour in honor of my new mystery novel, The Big Keep. In case you missed it, I’m posting links to all the pieces. They cover topics like writing a new genre, how my designer put together the awesome cover, and what to do when you’re afraid of your writing subject. Kate Maruyama – “Noir, Dames, and Real Women” (on Annotation Nation) Alex Bledsoe: “Multiple First-Person Voices” Lee Goldberg: “How to Write A Crime Novel (When You’re Afraid of Cops)” Charlie Holmberg: “Crossing Genre Lines” Helen Smith: “A Stubborn Committment … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Seven Questions with Charlie N. Holmberg

Happy Tuesday, folks! (Yes, I did have to check the top of my computer screen to remember what day it was.) On Monday I will be kicking off a blog tour for The Big Keep, but meanwhile I have a great guest for you: Charlie N. Holmberg, whose first novel The Paper Magician comes out September 1st. Charlie and I have a lot in common: we both have three sisters, we both have babies, we both think hilariously worded signs are worth posting on Facebook. Too bad we’re about to become arch-enemies. Read on: First things first: your book comes … Continue reading