I always love finding and learning about different story structures. So when I heard about The Flower Letters, I had to snag it up. Receive a story in the mail over the course of a year, in the medium of letters the characters write (plus bonus fun things like stickers and newspaper articles and such that broaden the story world more!) Check out the most recent mailing I received in this post...
What's it like building an expert 2000+ set after not touching Lego since like...5...? Here's my experience with Lego typewriter as a newbie, including process pics and tips.
"Stories matter." It's the reassurance that storytellers need to keep going. Especially at the point of economic difficulties & essential activities.....
As an introvert, I was surprised to find one of my favorite things about being an author is in-person events. Because y'all are seriously so fun to meet and connect with. Here are just a few encounters I've had in my year of being published: A girl around 6 years old wanted my psychopathic murderer book. Another kid, this time a young teen, marched straight up to my booth and quickly spilled out: "I like writing stories and I wanna know what my options are, and my teachers say a journalist, but what are my options?" This summer at an event, a lady was looking for someone to room with to save money. Probably not looking for a murder author, but it didn't occur to me at the time... In this blogpost, I tell how each of those stories ended. Check it out.
Enthusiasm: being passionate about your work sells. If you're not excited about it, why should anyone else be? And if others are excited about your work - readers, friends, or even your family - even better. Because if others are excited about your work, that builds credibility as they share their enthusiasm through posts, reviews,… Continue reading 5 things to add to your bookmarketing toolkit
Most publishers won't risk as short a story as this. I will. In fact, I think it's quite appropriate that my debut book is so small. Here's why: I grew up with a love for reading. I devoured books as a kid from a young age, until I didn't. Ya see,… Continue reading The perks of a small book.
(Sidenote thought that has no bearing on the review whatsoever: I have so many questions about how the whole "49th" mystic number works. So many questions. And while we're at it, I have absolutely no idea why the second book was called "Rise of the Mystics", besides the fact that it's a fantabulous intriguing title.)… Continue reading Book Review: 49th Mystic & Rise of the Mystics
Leave it to me to bring this book on my vacation in a cottage in the middle of nowhere... (is there any other way???) And leave it to me to pinpoint the psychopath right away. So I knew the murderer pretty quick, but I was still entranced by the story, wondering how it all went… Continue reading Book Review: In a Dark Dark Wood
Here's your chance! You can enter for the chance to have a character named after you in my book "I Know You Like a Murder". Why, it might even be the murder victim! Enter to be Murdered* *But don't worry, remember, you live to tell the tale 🙂 Picture it: your name in lights, or in… Continue reading Want to be murdered & live to tell the tale? (a bookish giveaway & cover reveal)
Although, let's be real: Ksenia and I don't plan on actually growing up in our writerly lives. It's more like staying daydreaming children forever, but then pretending to be grown-up long enough to do the business stuff. I don’t remember how I discovered Ksenia. But I do remember what stuck in my mind about her:… Continue reading Why I wanna be like Ksenia Anske when I writerly grow up