February 12, 2014
After about a six-week hiatus from posting, I am back at Magical Words, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and continue to maintain with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey. Today’s post is about plotting and pantsing, and the ways in which the nature of the book itself can dictate the best approach to take. It is called, “The Plotter Goes Pantsing: The Relationship Between Process and Product.“
I have spent the past several weeks finishing one book, revising another, and writing the early chapters of a third. For the last few days I’ve been proofreading the galleys for yet another novel, A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book. Busy times, but as any writer will tell you, busy is good. It’s nice, though, to be posting again, and I hope that this marks the first of more posts to come in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s essay.
November 18, 2013
Today I am posting at Magical Words, the group blog about the craft and business of writing that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, Mindy Klasky, and several others. The post is called “On Publishing and Writing: A Sale, and a Study in Perseverence,” and it gives the long and tortured background of a series — a contemporary Urban Fantasy trilogy called the Weremyste Cycle — that I have just sold to Baen Books. I’m incredibly excited about the sale; even more than I would be usually. This post explains why. I hope you enjoy it.
October 14, 2013
“…Point of view is the nexus of character and narrative; it is the place where our character arcs and our story arcs come together. It is how we inject emotion and meaning into our plot points. But what struck me so forcefully at this summer’s conventions and writing workshop, is that POV is also the answer to so many problems that we run into as writers when working on a novel.”
Check out the post to read more!
July 28, 2013
Once again, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is at Unusual Historicals, this time for a Q&A, and of course, the THIEVES’ QUARRY giveaway. Leave a comment or ask a question on the post and you’ll be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of the newest book in the Thieftaker Chronicles. So check it out and enjoy! Here’s the link:
July 24, 2013
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has me back at Drey’s Library today, where I am July’s featured author. My post today is about my choice of pre-Revolutionary Boston as the setting for the books of my Thieftaker Chronicles. Drey has been a wonderful host, and I am so grateful to her for welcoming me onto her site. I hope that you enjoy today’s post, as well as the other posts I’ve done for her site, and I hope as well that you will enter the contest to win a Thieftaker t-shirt.
July 23, 2013
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour stops today at SFNovelists, the group blog I help maintain as part of a group of over 100 published authors of speculative fiction. This newest post is about the little details I like to use to help breathe life into my historical fantasy novels, the Thieftaker books (Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry). The post is called “The Little Details that Make Historical Fiction Come to Life.” I hope you enjoy it.
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour rolls on with two more posts today. One is a different sort of post from most of the others I’ve done: It’s an interview with Ethan Kaille, the lead character in my Thieftaker series. Thanks to some excellent questions from Dominick Swennen, who is hosting me at his Fantastical Imaginations site, we had a lot of fun with the Q&A. You can find it here.
Today’s second post can be found at the blog site of my good friend and Magical Words colleague, Mindy Klasky. The post is about the magic system I developed for the Thieftaker books, and about the guidelines I usually follow when creating magic for my books. Here is the link.
I hope you enjoy both posts.
April 1, 2013
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Writing: Short Fiction and Worldbuilding.” It’s about the differences between setting a short story in a world that you’ve already established for novels, and setting it in a new universe created just for that story. I hope you enjoy it.
March 18, 2013
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Writing: Why I Love Writing Short Fiction.” It’s about the different approaches I take to writing short stories and novels. I hope you enjoy it.