Hi everyone! I just wanted to share that I am going to be part of a multi-author book signing on April 15, 2017. We will be signing TWO of the anthologies I am in: An Improbable Truth and Curious Incidents. So, if you're in the Charlotte, NC, area, please come out to Barnes and Noble… Continue reading Event: Multi-Author Book Signing
Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the guest authors at the online event, Our Books Are Not Free. It's a multi-day event, so I hope that you will pop in from time to time to read about all the different and wonderful authors in attendance. My specific… Continue reading Event: Our Books Are Not Free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHARLOTTE SMALL PRESS RELEASES CHARITY ANTHOLOGY PROTESTING HB2 For Details, contact John G. Hartness firstname.lastname@example.org 10/25/16 In an “October Surprise” for Governor Pat McCrory and members of the NC General Assembly, Charlotte-based micro-press Falstaff Books today released We Are Not This – Carolina Writers for Equality. The anthology, a collection of 31… Continue reading Press Release: We Are Not This
I am over at Magical Words today talking about my top ten tips for working with a professional editor and how they're remarkably similar to interacting with your college professors! Click HERE to visit the post!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first FunDead Publications anthology, Shadows in Salem, will be released on September 6, 2016! Each piece is a work of fiction set in our hometown, S… Source: Shadows in Salem Book Trailer
Shadows in Salem from FunDead Publications will be out in September! My story, "A Salem Secret," is included in this anthology. I can't wait to see it in print!
I’m over at Magical Words again today writing about all the things I learned and tips I gathered while at ConCarolinas this past weekend. Come check out all the resources! Click HERE to go to Magical Words.
It's Monday. That means another ConCarolinas is on the books, and I'm brain addled trying to mentally condense all the information that I collected during the past three days. (I love Evernote for that, by the way.) So, here are some of my possibly not entirely coherent thoughts on the convention as a whole. It… Continue reading ConCarolinas 2016 Wrap-Up
Writers wear a lot of hats. And socks, too. With monkeys on them. Well, at least I do. Some of the other hats I wear are mom, wife, daughter, professor, book reviewer, editor, and personal assistant. Yep, all those! But, I wanted today to tell you a little about (okay, shamelessly self-promote) my editing business,… Continue reading Those Other Things…
Hey, look! I did a thing! I made it to the top ten in the Mocha Memoirs Press: Women in Horror 2016 Flash Fiction contest! The Top Ten stories were chosen by a panel of Mocha Memoirs "Ladies of Horror" and will be compiled into a micro-anthology used to promote the press. I will be… Continue reading Ladies of Horror Competition
I am not really all that big on resolutions. Most of the time, we break them and give up, but I do like setting goals. The new year is a great time to reflect on what I've accomplished and what I've still go to do.
I walked down the bricked path that hundreds--perhaps thousands--travel every day and was lost deep in my thoughts when a shoulder brushed mine, too close but scarcely noticed. In that moment, that glimpse of the stale horror of reality, I saw something odd. A thin white snake was slithering up the man's body and into his ears. I followed the… Continue reading The White Snake
I think I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. The problem is that I can't really decide which story to work on.
It's a new shiny! Look! It wants my attention! It's talking to me! That's pretty much how I feel right now about my latest WIP. Sometimes as writers, we get distracted by the new idea and have trouble sitting down to the one we should be working on. For example, I really should be working… Continue reading Something New!?
Coming October 27, 2015!!! “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognizable characters in Western literature. Conan Doyle’s inimitable detective has been the subject of literally thousands of books, movies, television shows, plays and even songs. With the rise of the… Continue reading COVER REVEAL! An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Summer is nearly over, and I am so behind on writing. I've had a ton of editing work (which is great, of course!) but that means my daily word count has been lacking. Add in changing jobs and teaching a summer camp for 4th-7th graders, and my summer has been a wild ride. Summer camps… Continue reading What a Ride!
These are my notes from the Friday evening panel on Setting the Mood. Panelists: Darin Kennedy, Wendy S. Delmater, AJ Hartley, Faith Hunter, David B. Coe DBC: Character's voice, ambiance, and setting all need to appear on the first page. FH: Write what you know. Character can come from setting. Avoid purple prose. WD: World… Continue reading ConCarolinas Wrap-Up ~ Setting the Mood
ConCarolinas is my favorite convention. It's a local con, just across the NC/SC border from me, so it's almost like a great big reunion with all my favorite people every year. This year was a little different though. This was my first year going to the con as a guest! I was accepted as an… Continue reading ConCarolinas 2015 Wrap-Up
I'm meeting with some of my favorite folks and fellow writers this evening for a few hours of writing. I'll be working on the third Maggie the Gatherer story, "The Water's Edge." This story picks up after "The Magician's Secret" and we get to find out what the Guides decide about Maggie's magic! Oh, and… Continue reading Maggie #3
I have a confession to make.