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Sparked, A Sneak Peek

Sparked, A Sneak Peek

The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep. Whack, whack. I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark, the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the Airstream back and forth. Whack. There was that knocking again. I leaned…

All About Savage, by Nicole Conway

All About Savage, by Nicole Conway

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job. Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not…

#AuthorToolBoxBlogHop: For Every Hero, a Shadow

#AuthorToolBoxBlogHop: For Every Hero, a Shadow

You’ve created an amazing character and built them a fabulous world. Now you put your baby in a situation to see what happens, right? Sort of. To make any story worth reading, your protagonist needs a fully fleshed out antagonist. One that thwarts your darling at every turn and pushes them to their limits. What’s…

You've Been Activated!

You've Been Activated!

This week, I’m taking a break from talking about writing and am talking about reading. The book commercials I do for my students seem to be successful, so I thought I’d share one or two here. You. Guys. Look. At. This. Overview. Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to…

The Importance of the First Page

The Importance of the First Page

Hey Everyone! If the picture above didn’t give it away, it’s time for this month’s #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop, created by the lovely Raimey Gallant. Hopefully as you check out the different posts here, you can find little nuggets of wisdom to help you improve your writing skills. Or maybe just find one or two cool GIFs. Today’s…

Pimpin' That Bio

Pimpin' That Bio

I know. I used pimpin’ in the title. The teacher in me has already assigned detention. But the author in me is like fa sho fa sho. It’s that time of year where aspiring authors who are taking part in PitchWars get to share details about themselves and the book they’ve been crying over, erm,…

A Dog Called Ego

A Dog Called Ego

I remember the moment I found out I wasn’t a good writer. Like most introverted masochists, I’d always wanted to be able to say I’d written a novel. It couldn’t be that hard, right? People have been doing it for a few centuries now. Lots of people. Like childbirth. So one Halloween, I’d eaten the…

5 Things Hamilton Taught Me About Story-Telling

5 Things Hamilton Taught Me About Story-Telling

Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway production of Hamilton did what few plays have; it broke the barriers between theatre and mainstream entertainment. Everyone is talking about it. Celebrities have collaborated together to make a mixed-tape based on it. 60 Minutes did a behind-the-scenes segment. Twice. Even my 15 and 16 year-old students are listening to the…