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
Last week I shared my top 10 books and their commonalities. Now you get to see the top 3 elements that are in more than half of my favorite books. *Props to Maggie Schoepke guessing there's a supernatural element in my fav books. I don't specify it that way here, but that's definitely related to these.*… Continue reading DNA of a writer: how my reading affects my writing
Ahh, the dreaded question: “What’s your favorite book?” Rachel Giesel was kind enough to expand it to “What’s your top 5 favorite books?” I’m taking part in a free online course to figure out my writerly DNA – analyzing who I am, what I read, and what I write to come up with who I… Continue reading DNA of a writer: My top 10 books
Being an artist is difficult. Adding Christian to that title puts a whole other spin on things. Here's 5 Christian books I recommend for artists. To build your artist brand: "Crafting Your Brand" Matt Tommey This book is perfect for anyone looking to make their art a business. Branding is especially big right now,… Continue reading 5 Books for Christian Artists
Writers (and creatives in general) are up in arms about getting paid. A Summary of the Discussion thus far: Kristen Lamb has recently been posting about the problem with Free. She started by urging writers not to diss Amazon while promoting used bookstores, since Amazon actually pays authors and used bookstores do not. She then… Continue reading Huffington Post Isn’t the Only Problem
What other factors do writers think of while considering a pseudonym? Last week I wrote a brief synopsis of how I came up with my pen name. Inspired by a couple great questions from Josh in the comments, this week I wanted to bring up 3 things writers think about that we have little or… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName: Cont.
To pen-name or not to pen-name - for any writer, that is the question. There is a lot of factors that go into choosing between one's own name or a pseudonym, and I thought I'd give you a brief sneak-peek at the process. (Writers: Kristen Lamb has a post discouraging use of pen names in… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName?
This past week Megan Fatheree's new book "The Half-Shape Child" came out, and just last week you had the chance to read my fanfiction for it. Megan Fatheree was kind enough to take time to give this fangirl a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her story. Check out the interview: ALS: Tell me about your… Continue reading Megan Fatheree “The Half-Shape Child” Interview
I may have been the only person who found "American Sniper" to be the most yawn-inducing movie of the year century decade quite awhile. "But that's unpatriotic!....'American Sniper' is a hero that should be taught in every high school history class!" I know, I know, my mom told me. And I don't have a problem with the guy or… Continue reading Why “American Sniper” Couldn’t Hold My Interest