I have three chapters left to write in Book Three of my Mara series. Book Three ends with a secret mission, and the stakes are high. In order to get ideas for writing techniques to use to bring out the tension in the final chapters, I revisited Nelson DeMille’s 1980s-era spy thriller The Charm School.…

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In a continuing celebration of Mother’s Day, I offer two villanelles my own mother wrote in college. My mother was both an engineer and a poet. These verses hint at those two dimensions of her personality. Our First Try at a Villanelle I had to write a villanelle,To try my hand at rhyme,I could not…

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Book Two of Mara’s series is available in paperback here and as an eBook here. Throughout five years at a strict boarding school, Mara has turned to her friend Annie-Rose for comfort. Now Annie has disappeared. Mara teams up with two other students – bold Gretchen and soft-spoken Ginny — to find her missing friend.…

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I was honored to have the opportunity to talk with author Tallulah van der Made about her life, her writing process and her book Keyflame! Please tell me about Keyflame. It’s a love story with fantasy elements set in a small town in South Africa. The main character goes there to study but soon finds…

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When I decided to self-publish my series Mara of the League, I found lots of internet articles on how to create a book. Nevertheless, although there was a great deal of information available, I still found it challenging to figure out exactly what actions were required and what order to take them in. I would…

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Want to get to know me better? Honored to have been interviewed by Shauna of TweepTattler. Read. Also interviewed by Peter J Berman here and Author eResources here.

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Currently working on book three of Mara of the League. Since this book includes princesses, I decided it should also include a dragon. Princess-consort Cordelia Aurellius-Maxwell has a pet lizard named Horace. I have been researching what it is like to raise lizards in real life. It turns out that there is a debate about…

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I am honored to introduce Peter J. Berman, author of Vengeance of Hope! Let’s start with Vengeance of Hope — Berman summarizes his plot as follows: What Silrith Alfwyn does know is that she is heir to the throne of Bennvika. What she doesn’t know is that her peaceful world is about to be turned upside down and…

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I am honored to introduce Taylor White, whose book Witch’s Sorrow appeared in April 2019. White offers a different flavor of fantasy from the one presented in Crannock Dale — her work takes place in a contemporary European setting, with a modern-day paladin in search of a missing wolf. Learn more or purchase on Amazon.

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This was originally written as a guest post for David Bridger’s blog, which is sadly no longer live. I was fortunate enough to meet David when we discovered that both of us explore real-life politics while writing speculative fiction. He was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to continue that conversation in this forum.…

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