Author Jennifer Loring asking me the ever-important question about writing in the fantasy genre. What makes my vampires and other supernatural creatures stand out from the crowd? How did I put my own spin on the mythology while still making my characters recognizable? Take a quick look: My vampires fit the mold in that they’re … Continue reading Not your typical vampire: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #13
Yesterday, we got a look at the more "human" side of my main character, the vampire Victory (over here, if you missed it). And while I love that scene, it's not unique -- being a vampire is just part of who Victory is, which also includes being a partner, a mother, a politician, a mercenary, … Continue reading But I’m not a horror writer!: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #11
Author Anna Zabo offered to host a short excerpt from Steel Blood on their blog for this stop of the blog tour! The scene takes place near the beginning of the novel, when Victory and Mikelos have arrived in the Qin Empire’s colonial city of Jiang Yi Yue. As a vampire, Victory was prepared to wait … Continue reading Book excerpt: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #10
Author and editor Jennifer Brozek (currently living the live I sometimes envision for myself) was kind enough to host me on her regular blog feature: Tell Me. So, I told her all about how I was inspired to make up some new rules (and then break them) as I started the process of writing Steel Blood. … Continue reading Tell Me: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #9
I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the "strong female character" trope. Today, with author Rhonda Mason, I talk about the ways the main character of my series falls into this particular urban fantasy stereotype -- and how I break the stereotype. A quick look: I’ve only been participating in programming at conventions for … Continue reading Writing strong female characters with Rhonda Mason: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #6
For the next stop on the Steel Blood blog tour, I couldn't miss a visit with my internet doppelganger, author A.M. Justice! We share a love of world-building in our fantasy novels, so she asked me to write a bit about how the city of Limani came to be. A quick look: But while the … Continue reading The history of Limani with A.M. Justice: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #4
I'm starting to work on the final details for the celebration of Steel Empires Book 3 on July 19, so this is your last chance to be part of the party! Thank you very much to everyone who has signed up so far. I will start pulling together the final schedule and contacting everyone within … Continue reading FINAL CALL for Steel Blood blog tour volunteers!
Today, author Andi Adams has stopped by to share her thoughts on some great craft books on writing. I've read a few of these, and I absolutely swear by the second book on her list! Don't forget to check out Adams' new fantasy novel, The Girl in the Glass Box, to see how she puts her … Continue reading Guest Post: Andi Adams’ Suggested 5 Most Helpful Books on Writing
YA humor and paranormal author A.J. Culey hosted me on her blog today for the first stop on the Steel Magic blog tour. To tie in with her newest release, The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin's Rampant Rack), I introduced some of the werecreatures in my Steel Empires series as new students at Shifter High. This includes … Continue reading STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 1: Werecreatures Galore!
Today I'm hosting author Cara McKinnon as she goes walkabout on the Internet in honor of her new release, Essential Magic. As a veteran of both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I'm eager to hear her thoughts on the subject! NaNoWriMo has become quite a monolithic movement in online writing circles. Not everyone loves it, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Why (Camp) NaNo? by Cara McKinnon
I met author Anne E. Johnson at Cleveland ConConction last March, and we struck up some delightful conversations in Authors Alley on such topics as indie publishing and being a female speculative fiction writer. She invited me to write a guest post for her blog, which was published this morning. You can find the direct … Continue reading Guest Post on Outlining at Jester Harley’s Manuscript Page!
I took a film genre course in college, and wrote an entire research paper on the evolution of vampires in film. No knowledge is ever wasted, so with a little more work, I was able to write a (much shorter) essay on the evolution of vampires in popular fiction. SF Signal was lovely enough to … Continue reading SF Signal hosts my blog post about vampires in popular fiction!
The final book in Samantha Holloway's epic fantasy trilogy is coming out soon, and to celebrate, I've asked her here to pick her brain about the specifics of writing books in series format rather than one by one. When you started Wisewoman’s Daughter, did you know Married to the Wind was going to end up … Continue reading Interview with Samantha Holloway
Today I had the chance to stop by and hang out with the lovely Divas of Desire! There you can find a review of STEEL VICTORY by one of the Divas, Rachell Nichole, author the excellent erotica novel TO SIR, along with a note from me. They invited me to write about why my vampire … Continue reading Guest post at Divas of Desire
Diana Dru Botsford, author of the Stargate SG-1 novels FOUR DRAGONS and THE DRIFT, was awesome enough to both provide a fantastic back-cover blurb for my book and host me on her blog yesterday! Go here to find out how my love of Stargate influenced aspects of STEEL VICTORY.
Yesterday, I participated in the Cast Your Characters feature over at Heidi Ruby Miller's blog. Go here to see which actors should play my main characters if STEEL VICTORY ever makes it to the big (or small) screen!
I participated in the Five +1 Questions feature on author Samantha Holloway's blog, Herding the Dragon! Go there to learn what words I want stricken from the English language, how I would turn STEEL VICTORY into a television show, and which fantasy series I think everyone should read. Thanks for having me, Samantha!