Month: April 2013

  • Paranormals Are the Best: Part 2: “Oh, the world’s I have travelled …”

    This week we’re celebrating the world-building in paranormal fiction. While all fiction has to do some amount of world-building, paranormal fiction here gets to play with its cousins fantasy, SF, and sci-fi. The author takes us to different places, times, adds and subtracts species, creates sub-cultures and secret histories, or perhaps plays with the rules…

  • Paranormals are the Best: Part 1: Powerful Female Characters

    Shamelessly, I proclaim that I love paranormal romance (must be at least part of why I write it). 🙂 Actually, I love paranormals altogether – the creatures and whatever falls under that category (which can include time travel, dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy, etc). One reason is that paranormals very frequently offer up powerful, female characters who…

  • Write YOUR True Story

    Are you writing YOUR story? Now before you castigate me as an idiot, read a bit further. I had the opportunity to read the writing of what was obviously a very novice writer. Now, in terms of craft, there was a lot to be desired. But in terms of energy, excitement, and joyful exuberance? The…

  • The Power and Danger of “If”

    “If” is a strange, tiny little word. On it’s own, it doesn’t do much. But give it a dance partner, and it changes everything. Think of all those “if then” statements from programming. And of course, the all important “what if.” What if leads us to wondrous places, flying wherever our creativity can take us.…

  • Intimacy: So much more than “A” meets “B”

    If you’ve come looking for something salacious or scandalous, sorry to disappoint. If, however, you’re thinking your written love-making scenes might need help, this may be the post for you. As you probably know, I write romance. But I also read romance, and I’ve read and edited anything from “closed door” love making scenes, to…