This Monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..." Since I tend to … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR
When can we read the first installment of The Staghorn Crown? This fantasy serial novella will be released for Patrons on November 2nd, 2017 - earlier for Gilded Armor Patrons. If you are curious about any future installments of The Staghorn Crown, the Patron Calendar is now up and running with a list of major dates and important events.
Knowing that there is a wealth of people interested in fantasy fiction, world building, swords and sorcery, magic, and medieval-inspired stories and novels, we couldn't help but pose this question this week. If you like to read or write fantasy fiction, like this post, and comment!
Intelligent conversations about horror are happening daily, but who's hearing them? Despite the large number of horror aficionados, many readers and writers have steered away from works of horror without fully engaging the genre as a whole. Putting aside your genre-preferences, all writers should spend a little time unpacking works of horror to see what … Continue reading Why should writers study horror?
I won't pretend that I'm the master of worldbuilding, but I will say that I am proud of the world that I built for my novel series A Thousand Watchful Eyes. For my current novel, The Witch's Uprising, I've made several revisions to the world of Brylennia, ensuring that my fantasy world is both beautiful and … Continue reading Worldbuilding Tips: Five Useful Articles on Creating a Fictional World
Interested in young adult fantasy? Want to help an independent author publish? The Witch's Uprising and The Staghorn Crown are two yet-to-be-published young adult fantasy novels. Each novel is part of a larger nine-novel series called A Thousand Watchful Eyes. If you'd like to preview them or make their publication a reality, follow my Instagram and/or support me on … Continue reading The Witch’s Uprising and The Staghorn Crown on Patreon!
While working on a novel is the thrilling, the process is often fraught with little challenges. For example, finding the correct title for the book, section titles for the book's major divisions, or the names for characters and towns. In the world-building process, most of this is easy, but it gets tougher as the books … Continue reading The Witch’s Uprising – Making Titles for Fantasy Books
Kelly Barnhill never ceases to amaze me. Awarded with the 2017 Newberry Award Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Barnhill has written a smorgasbord of books for young people, including the popular titles in both fiction and non-fiction. Her writing is magical in a literal, figurative, and literary sense. It is rife with joy … Continue reading The Witch’s Boy: Mini Book Review
A few years ago, while working with students to create real and believable characters, I came up with an idea for forming a short story contest at our school. The contest involved creating a piece of flash fiction, no longer than a page. Students were asking how to develop a character and a story in … Continue reading Where have the posts been? What is “A Thousand Watchful Eyes”?
Hajime: Before The Desert Hajime had cocooned himself in his apartment for two days. He wondered how long it would be before Wit found out about Shawn, but luckily for Hajime, these two days away from work were already scheduled. No one would expect anything from either one of them. Still, he didn't even wanted to try … Continue reading 40 Scenes in 40 Days: Day 11