In 1985 when the miniseries North and South first aired on TV, my mother worked for a lady named Miss Rose Cauthen. North and South, for those previously spared by youth or ignorance, was based on a series of historical novels by John Jakes about two wealthy and heroic white guys who meet at West … Continue reading North, South, East, West, and the Romance Writers of America
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to be more productive and disciplined in my fiction writing. I’d spent the last three months of 2018 finishing a project that I’d been working on sporadically for years and ignoring everything else, and that had taught me that I actually produce more and better story … Continue reading Taming Plot Bunnies and Getting It Done
It's that time of year again - ConCarolinas is back, and I'll be there! I only consistently show up for one fandom and writing convention a year, and ConCarolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, is it. And this year's slate of guests and events is particularly excellent. The people in charge have worked their collective cabooses … Continue reading ConCarolinas 2019!
The Romance Writers of America has released the names of the nominees for their yearly RITA Awards, and, you guessed it, they’re about as diverse as a glass of milk beside a plate of sugar cookies with white chocolate chips. So all of us writing and publishing types have taken to the Facebooks and beyond … Continue reading The Excellence You Swear You Cannot See
Heya Kittens - Long time no type! Regular visitors to the blog-ness know how discouraged I've been for a while now about the state of romance publishing. While I wish every writer nothing but the best, the wild west atmosphere created by self-publishing and fan fiction has resulted in a market flooded to glut with … Continue reading Falstaff Crush – Romance for All
Looking through my bills for last month, it suddenly occurred to me that I really, really missed freelance fiction editing. For anyone who's interested, here's what I charge and how I do it and why I think I'm qualified: Proofreading: $0.005/word ($250 for a 50,000-word novel; $50 for a 10,000-word short story) I’ll read for … Continue reading Lucy Blue Edits!
So in honor of the season, I've written a sequel to my insane zombie western, Dead-sperado, called Cowboys & Krampus. It's available here right now from Amazon, and it starts off something like this: Two days before Christmas, we had been on the run from a bank job for a week and a half. I … Continue reading Cowboys & Krampus – A Christmas Romance
I'm lucky enough to have a story in this--"The Dark Lady" about a transgender actress in the days of Shakespeare. But even if I didn't, I'd promote the living juice out of it. Much, much great stuff to read, all profits benefiting a magnificent cause. It's available as an ebook right now from Amazon here, … Continue reading We Are Not This: Carolina Writers for Equality – Press Release
For the past few years, I’ve been reading mostly genre fiction. Graduate school and a long string of deathly dull reads had convinced me that the new literary novel was of interest to nobody who didn’t live in New York City and/or worship John Updike (or at least Cormac McCarthy) as a god. But this … Continue reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: a review
You know how to write a great story, but you still need to fix the damned commas!